Columbia University in the City of New York


Columbia University is dedicated to meeting every students’ demonstrated financial needs without loans, which is entirely need based (no scholarships). The sticker price to attend Columbia is 73,557, but very few students pay that amount. If parents make less than $60,000, they will be expected to pay nothing towards tuition. Every family and student will receive financial guidance to help with applications, loans, payment options, budgets, and more.

Every year, Columbia awards $134 million to attending students and 50% will receive grants. 18 % will also receive a federal grant.


Tuition & Financial Aid for 2018

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$74,036
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Full Cost of Attendance

Sticker Price

$74,036
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College costs often differ from the school's listed prices because College Raptor estimates costs for the upcoming year based on historical inflation using the most recently available data about each college from the U.S. Department of Education.

Scholarships, Grants, and Aid

  • Average Student Grant Aid
    $46,127
  • Percent Receiving Grant Aid
    53 %
  • Average Institutional Grant
    $43,750
  • Percent Receiving Institutional Grant
    52 %
  • Average Federal Grant
    $6,613
  • Percent Receiving Grant
    18 %
  • Average Student Loans
    $8,978
  • Percent Receiving Student Loans
    13 %
  • Endowment
    $9,041,027,000
  • Endowment Per Student
    $307,811
  • Endowment figures are not a good indicator of available financial aid.
    Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans)

Middle Class Affordability Rankings

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Average Net Price by Income - Reported in 2015-2016

Athletic Scholarships (not need based)
  • Average scholarship / Female athlete
    $0
  • Average scholarship / Male athlete
    $0
  • Average scholarship / athlete
    $0
  • # Female athletes
    330
  • # Male athletes
    423
  • Total # athletes
    753
  • Payment Options
    Prepaid tuition plan
    Tuition payment plan

Average Net Price by Income - Estimated

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