Essential Policies for the Columbia Community


Welcome to Columbia University’s student consumer information page. This page was created to provide easy access to the information you need to be an informed consumer of a Columbia University education.

The US Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires all institutions of higher education, who receive federal student financial assistance, to make student consumer information available to all enrolled and prospective students. This page acts as a central resource for information that can be found in other Columbia web sites, brochures and publications. 

Subject to Change: Because of the nature of federal, state and institutional guidelines affecting financial aid programs, the information contained on this website is subject to change.


Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information

General Institutional Information

Cost of Attendance

  • Tuition and Fees
    For information on housing, estimated personal expenses, and other costs associated with enrollment, please talk to your school’s financial aid office.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges and Universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year's data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to both our current students and prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

Below is a list of our gainful employment programs; click on individual programs for more detailed information. 

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

College of Dental Medicine

Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

School of General Studies

Columbia Journalism School

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

School of Professional Studies

School of Nursing

For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please click here.

Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements

Student Financial Assistance

Student Loan Information

Federal Aid Availability for Study Abroad

Columbia University offers students many study abroad opportunities. Students who seek to enroll in study abroad programs which have been approved for credit by the University may be eligible to receive federal student aid. To explore their eligibility for federal student aid, students should contact their school’s financial aid office. Additional information regarding study abroad programs can be found at the Office of Global Programs.

Health and Safety

Student Outcomes

Intercollegiate Athletic Program

Voter Registration

State Contact Information for Distance Education Student Complaints

  • Federal regulations require institutions that offer online programs to provide contact information for students who wish to make a complaint to the appropriate state agency in their state of residence.  If contacted by such an agency, the University will work with them to attempt to resolve the dispute. For contact information, please see the Distance Education Complaints.

To find additional consumer information about Columbia and other schools, a good place to start is the U-CAN profile of Columbia, a free, consumer-oriented college information web site developed by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. 

While each section contained within this page has independent contact information specifically pertaining to that content area, general inquiries regarding the compilation of guidelines and information on the Student Consumer Information page can be sent to the Office of Compliance for Student Financial Services at  Copies of reports or information can be provide upon request.