Tuition and Financing

Tuition for 2015-2016 academic year will be approximately $23,000 per semester. Students are also required to pay fees for certain specific services at Columbia, such as access to the computer labs. A complete list of applicable fees will be provided on your billing invoice.

Please visit SIPA’s website for a more complete list of tuition and fees.

MPA ESP Fellowship Opportunities

The School of International and Public Affairs and The Earth Institute at Columbia University award a number of fellowship grants to incoming students on the basis of academic merit and financial need. International students are considered on the same basis as domestic applicants. A fellowship application is included in the application for admission. Students who apply by one of our two fellowship deadlines — November 1 and January 15 — will be automatically considered for fellowship funding.

Fellowship offers issued as tuition discounts and are spread equally across each of the three semesters. Funds are not eligible to be applied toward deposits or other living expenses.

Federal Financial Aid

Applicants to the program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are typically eligible for federal Stafford student loans up to $41,000 for the length of the program, covering the bulk of tuition. All interested applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at The School’s Title IV code is 002707. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA forms at the beginning of January. For more information, please contact SIPA’s Office of Financial Aid.