Tuition and Financing

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for 2018-2019 academic year can be found on the SIPA Financial Aid Pages under Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the entire program in 2017-2018 was $80,404. Total costs, including university fees, books, room, board, transportation, medical insurance, and other personal expenses in 2017-2018 were estimated to be $111,139. Please visit the School’s website for a more complete list of tuition and fees.

Funding Sources

Program Fellowships
The MPA ESP program awards the Dean’s Fellowship in Environmental Science and Policy – a full-tuition grant and Earth Institute Internship, valued over $80,000.

The program also awards numerous fellowships, which typically range from $5,000 to $25,000, but can be as high as $40,000.  All fellowships are applied as a tuition discount, evenly divided across our three semesters.

 All fellowship awards are based on academic merit and financial need. Fellowships are awarded without regard to citizenship, so international students are also eligible.

Students who apply by one of our two fellowship deadlines — November 1 and January 15 — are automatically considered for fellowship funding. Our online admissions application includes a section to express your interest in fellowship funding, so there is no separate application to fill out. Students are notified if they have received a fellowship as part of the Admissions Decision. 

Earth Institute Internships
Students may apply for paid internships in the Earth Institute, and in environmental organizations that participate in the Earth Institute’s Internship Program. The positions pay an hourly rate and students may work up to 20 hours a week. Hourly rates and the number of work hours vary for internships at organizations both on and off campus. Students should express interest in Earth Institute internships on their online application or may contact Laura Piraino lpiraino@ei.columbia.edu for more information.  

Course Grading Assistantships
Students may also apply for a limited number of Earth Institute course grading assistantships. Students in these positions perform administrative functions associated with the instruction of courses, including the grading of homework assignments and exams. Students in these positions earn $5,000 – $6,000 per semester.

Federal Financial Aid
Applicants to the program who are U.S. citizens may apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at www.fafsa.gov. The School’s Title IV code is 002707. Students are strongly encouraged to contact SIPA Financial Aid Office for assistance with FAFSA and financing their degree:

514 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-854-6216
sipa_finaid@columbia.edu

Please visit the SIPA Financial Aid website for information:

Yellow Ribbon Program
The MPA-ESP program proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, which provides an additional scholarship funding match. We strongly encourage veterans to apply to our program. No background in science is required. Please make note if you are a veteran on your online application. Prospective student veterans can contact our Associate Director, Laura Piraino, for program information. For information related to the Yellow Ribbon program, please contact the SIPA Financial Aid Office at 212-854-6216.