Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Total

Direct Costs

Tuition 30,636 30,636 61,272
Medical Insurance (may be waived by domestic students) 1,483 2,409 3,892
Health Service Fee 623 623 1,246
SIPA IT/AV Fee 180 180 360
University Services and Support Fee 459 543 1,002
Student Activity Fee  60 60 120
Total Direct Costs (charged by Columbia University) 33,441 34,451 67,892

ESTIMATED Indirect Costs

Room/Board 8,128 10,429 18,557
Books 500 500 1,000
Personal Expenses 1,826 2,284 4,110
Transportation 508 635 1,143
Total Estimated Indirect Costs 10,962 13,848 24,810


44,403 48,299 92,702

Additional Notes

  • The figures above for Direct Costs are estimates as of July 6, 2021.
  • 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
    • $120 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 $2,560 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.