Tuition & Fees - Commuter

Detailed breakdown of costs


Program Cost

$5,600.00 per session

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Program Fee$5,440.00 per session

Activities Fee$65.00 per session

Covers gym and student center access, computer lab use, midday extracurricular activities, and Columbia ID card.

Health Service Fee$95.00 per session

Grants access to Urgent Care at the University's Health Service facility during hours of operation. Fees for medicine and tests, if needed, are not included. The health service fee is not health insurance; all students are expected to have insurance coverage.

Application fee, lab fees, and course materials are not included in the program cost (see below).

Application Fee

Students who apply after the priority application deadline are required to pay a nonrefundable $80.00 application fee.

Lab Fees

These fees are in addition to the costs listed above and cover expenses such as course-related equipment, facilities, and field trips

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Beyond the Game: The Business of Sports$100.00

Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells$125.00

Digital Filmmaking: From Initial Concept to Final Edit$175.00

Drawing: Eye and Idea$125.00

Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology$125.00

Intensive Seminars in Modern Chemistry$175.00

Introduction to Engineering: Harnessing the Energy of the Sun$175.00

Introduction to Materials Science and Nanotechnology$175.00

Issues in Conservation Biology$150.00

Mixed Media and Collage: Explorations in Two-Dimensional Design$125.00

New York Experienced: An Urban Case Study$100.00

Painting Fundamentals: From Drawing into Paint$125.00

Photography: The Camera Craft$165.00

Sculpture Fundamentals: Three-Dimensional Design$125.00

Theatrical Collaboration: The Actor, the Director, and the Playwright$150.00

Course Materials

Students should budget approximately $50 for books and course materials. Some curricular options may require additional materials.

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  • Students in Introduction to Architectural Design and Theory should budget approximately $200 for studio supplies.
  • Students are required to bring laptops for Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells;Corporate Valuation; Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Changing the World Via Venture Creation; Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing; Sustainable Urbanization; and The Stock Market.
  • Students enrolled Building Web Applications with Python, Introduction to Programming in C and Introduction to Computer Programming: Fundamentals of C are required to bring laptops. Laptops can either be a PC or a Mac, but should have 8GB – 10GB of free space.
  • For Introduction to Business, Finance, and Economics, laptops are not required, but highly recommended.
  • For Photography: The Camera Craft, students are expected to have their own 35mm SLR film cameras.

Deposit & Balance Due

In order to secure a place in the program, a $1,000.00 nonrefundable deposit, credited toward tuition, is due upon notification of acceptance to the program. A bill for the balance due will be issued to the student's Columbia University email address in early June (Session I) or late June/early July (Session II).

Financial Aid

Financial aid funding is no longer available for summer 2017. All funds have been exhausted.

We at the Programs for High School Students at Columbia University are committed to ensuring that the cost of your education doesn’t stand in the way of your goals.

For 2017, we have been allocated financial aid funding for all Programs for High School Students, primarily in the form of need-based scholarships. Individuals who qualify based on required eligibility and financial documentation will be directed to apply for a scholarship following their admission. These individuals will be reviewed on a first-admitted, first-considered basis. In addition, a small number of merit-based funding opportunities will be available.

Scholarship awards may be subject to income tax. If awarded aid, please consult with the IRS or your tax advisor to determine the taxability of your scholarship and how such amounts may affect the amount for your education tax credit or deduction. Award recipients will receive a form 1098-T which will include a tuition statement, including any scholarships received from the University. For additional information on these issues, please reference IRS Notice 97-60: Consumer Guidance on Education Tax incentives and IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Higher Education. These documents, as well as copies of IRS Forms 8863 and 8917, can be obtained at the IRS web site,, or by calling the IRS 1-800-829-1040. Forms 8863 and 8917 are also available at

Prices are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.