Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 31,494 31,494 62,988
Medical Insurance (may be waived by domestic students) 1,596 2,593 4,189
Health Service Fee 654 654 1,308
SIPA IT/AV Fee 200 200 400
University Services and Support Fee 565 565 1,130
Student Activity Fee  60 60 120
Total Direct Costs (charged by Columbia University) 34,569 35,566 70,135

ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

Room/Board 8,534 10,950 19,484
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,917 2,398 4,315
Transportation 508 635 1,143
Total Estimated Indirect Costs 11,459 14,483 25,942



50,049 96,077

Additional Notes

  • All students in their first semester of enrollment at Columbia University are charged a $105 Document Fee (formerly known as Transcript Fee).
  • International students must pay:
    • medical insurance
    • $135 per semester International Students Fee
    • $106 I-20 fee only during their first semester of enrollment
  • New students in the MPA-DP program are charged an additional $1,000 in their first term of enrollment, which contributes to the cost of the 12 week summer professional field placement, one week Getting Started Program, and 3 day MPA-DP retreat.
  • Total Estimated Cost of Attendance includes both direct and indirect costs.
    • Direct costs are those charged by Columbia University. The tuition and fees indicated above are for the stated year only. All tuition and fees assume full-time attendance; your costs may vary if you do not enroll full-time.  Additional tuition charges for enrollment in excess of 18 credits in a semester are $2,632 per credit.  For information on billing and payments, please visit the University's Student Financial Services website.
    • Indirect costs are not billed by Columbia and reflect estimated living and miscellaneous expenses incurred by students for the 9-month academic year (September through May only); yours may vary.   
    • Figures above do not include the costs of relocating to New York, if applicable.
    • These costs are for students in residence at SIPA.  Students enrolled in international dual degree programs will be charged by the school they are attending at that school's rates for tuition.