Columbia Medical Insurance
Full-time or residential students are required to have adequate medical insurance coverage for off-campus services such as hospitalization. You are automatically enrolled in the the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Platinum Plan. If you have adequate insurance coverage outside of Columbia, you may request a waiver by showing proof of coverage. You may also add a dependent to be covered. International students are required to enroll in the Columbia insurance plan and may not waive.
The fall insurance charge covers students from August 15th-December 31st to provide 12 months of required coverage. The spring insurance charge covers students from January 1st-August 14th. If you attend in the spring semester and are enrolled in the Columbia Insurance Plan, you will be required to pay for the full spring insurance charge. Students may not waive this charge or receive a prorated rate due to graduation or non-enrollment during the summer semester.
Additional questions about the insurance requirement or the student insurance plan may be directed to the Insurance Office by email at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 854-3286. Students who waive out of the Columbia Medical Insurance plan may have reduced loan eligibility. Please contact our office if you have any further questions.
Health Service Fee
2023-2024 Rate: $682 per term
If you are a full-time or residential student, you are automatically enrolled in the Columbia Health Program, providing extensive on-campus services and support, for which you will be charged the Columbia Health Program Fee. This is a mandatory university fee regardless of your medical insurance provider. Students that are less then full-time utilizing Columbia insurance are charged the full health service fee. Students that are less then full-time NOT utilizing Columbia insurance are charged a prorated health service fee - $341 or $205 depending on the number of credits.
There are two immunization requirements that all students, regardless of credit load, must meet before registering for classes. It is required that students submit their documentation upon admission or at least 30 days prior to their scheduled registration date. For this reason, all incoming students are placed on hold prior to their first registration.
New York State public health law and University policy requires that all students document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as document that they either have received the meningitis vaccine or have declined to receive it.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): Ways to document immunity
- Meningococcal Meningitis: Make online decision now
Additional questions about this requirement may be directed to the Immunization Office by email at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 854-7210.
Registration and financial aid disbursements cannot be processed until these requirements are met and your immunization hold is lifted.
University Services and Support Fee
2023-2024 Rate: $572 per term
Students registered on the Morningside campus will be charged a University Services and Support Fee each term. This mandatory fee provides access to the facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center (except for students in Executive Programs) and Lerner Hall, and supports enhancements for the libraries and computer networks.
International Service Charge
2023-2024 Rate: $150 per term
Students holding a non-resident visa will be charged an International Services Charge each term. This fee supports the University’s services to international students. For more information, please contact the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO). The ISSO fee increases each summer.
Late Payment Charge
Cost: $150 initial charge and then 1.5% additional on remaining balance each month thereafter
Students will be subject to late payment charges if payment for the term is not received by the due date listed on the Student Account Statement. Additional charges resulting from any program changes made after the first Statement of the term is issued must be paid at the time of the change. A one-time per-term late payment charge will be imposed if full payment less any anticipated credits is not received by the first payment due date for the term. An additional charge per billing cycle will be imposed on any amount past due thereafter.