2015-16 Tuition and Fees


Tuition from September 2015 through May 2016

Tuition for all undergraduate students:

In order to remain in good academic standing, all undergraduate students are expected to fulfill at least 12 credits per semester.

$45,851 per year ($22,925.50 per semester)


Tuition for Resumed Education:

Available from the director of the program in the Office of the Dean of Studies

Comprehensive Fee:
(Includes Student Health Service Fee, Class Fee, Computer Fee, Student Government Charges, and access to the facilities at the Dodge Physical Fitness Center and Lerner Hall at Columbia University.  Does NOT include Student Health Insurance.)



$1,780 per year ($890 per semester)



Student Health Insurance (If the student is covered under another plan, she may opt out of Barnard's insurance no later than August 30, 2015 at University Health Plans.  New students entering Barnard in the Spring 2016 semester may opt out until January 16, 2016.)

$2,550 per year ($1,008 fall semester, $1,542 spring/summer semester)



Housing Type

Cost Per Year

Cost Per Semester

Multiple occupancy

$ 8,960


Single occupancy



Studio Single Apartment



Meal Plans

All full time commuters and dorm residents are required to enroll in a Barnard meal plan.

Standard Plans:

 Meal Plan Points

Full Year

Per Term

*   Platinum Plan:  19 meals per week +

120 Points



** Upper Class Quad Plan:  150 meals per term +

430 Points



Basic 75 Plan:  75 meals per term +

200 Points


$  929

Basic 60 Plan:  60 meals per term +

300 Points


$  929

Basic 45 Plan:  45 meals per term +

425 Points $1,858 $  929

*** Convenience 30 Plan30 meals per term +

No Points

$  618

$  309

*** Convenience 15 Plan:  15 meals per term +

150 Points

$  618

$  309

*** 300 Points Only Plan

300 Points

$  618

$  309

500 Points Only Plan

500 Points $  928 $  464



Meals and Points

Meal Plan Points are included with meal plans. These points are "dollars" that are part of your meal plan and can be used like cash at any dining location at Barnard. You may use these points to purchase à la carte meals and snacks for guests and friends. Barnard's Meal Plan Points carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester if you remain enrolled in a Barnard meal plan in the Spring. However, Meal Plan Points remaining in your account at the end of the academic year are forfeited.

Any unused meals are forfeited at the end of each semester.

A drop or change of a meal plan will not be accepted after the fourth day of each semester. Charges will be prorated during this period, and a Meal Plan Change must be completed in eBear (under the Account Info tab).

Meal Plan Selection

*     First-year students on floors 2-8 in the Barnard Quad (Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls) are required to enroll in a Platinum Plan.

**   Upper Class and Transfer/Visiting students residing on floors 2-8 in the Barnard Quad (Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, and Sulzberger Halls) are required to enroll in a Quad Upper Class Plan ("150 meals per term + 430 Points") as a minimum.

*** Upper-class and Transfer/Visiting students residing elsewhere in Barnard/Columbia housing and all full-time commuters are required to enroll in a Convenience Meal Plan (choice of "30 Meals with No Points," "15 Meals with 150 Points," or "300 Points Only") as a minimum.

Barnard students will automatically be enrolled in a default meal plan based on their commuter status or residence hall assignment.  If a Barnard student wishes to choose a different meal plan within the requirements above, she may select a plan through my.barnard.edu (available in July 2015 on the Student Services page, in the right hand column, under the myHousing & Dining tab), and submit any additional cost to the Bursar.

Columbia students and Barnard VISP students must print meal contracts (below) and submit them to Bursar each term by scan (to Bursar@barnard.edu), fax (to 212-280-8941), or mail (to Barnard Bursar, 3009 Broadway, NY, NY 10027-6598).

Barnard First Year Student Meal Contract 2015-16

Barnard Upper Class/Transfer Student Meal Contract 2015-16

CU Kosher Student Meal Contract 2015-16 (Columbia students only)

VISP Meal Contract Spring 2016 (Visiting International Student Program only)

Study Abroad

After a student files a Notice of Study Leave with Barnard's Dean for Study Abroad, her tuition and fees for one term abroad will be $23,085.50 plus $1,008 health insurance (fall semester) or $1,542 (spring/summer semester) payable to Barnard. All other costs (housing, board, other fees, etc.) are paid directly to the institution abroad at their own rate.

Payment of Barnard charges is due by August 3, 2015 for the fall 2015 term and by December 1, 2015 for the spring 2016 term. However, if you wish Barnard to pay your tuition abroad before these dates, we require your Barnard invoice to be resolved earlier. Barnard will not be able to pay your tuition abroad until the Barnard bill has been resolved.

Other Fees (where applicable)

Orientation fee (all first-year and transfer students):  


Fall - International Students

$  400

$  450

  Spring $  200
Registration in absentia: per semester at CU $  100
  per semester elsewhere $  600
  per year elsewhere $1,000
Off-campus comprehensive fee (per semester) $    50
Off-campus study abroad assistance fee (once per year) $  110
Domestic Study Leave: per semester $  600
  per year $1,000
Summer Transfer of Academic Credit from another institution $  100
Course fees (per course):  
  Music Lessons $1,000
  Physical Education fee (waived for undergraduate students fulfilling at least 12 credits per semester) $1,530
Deferred Payment Plan (per semester) $   75
Housing Cancelation Fee Consult www.barnard.edu/reslife/cancellations. 5%-100% of rent
Late Payment Fee Progressive fee starts at this amount; no grace period $   75
Returned check fee per item $   20
Readmission fee $  100