2016-17 Tuition and Fees


Tuition from September 2016 through May 2017

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.

$48,614 per year ($24,307 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 annually until August 26, 2016 at University Health Plans.  New students entering Barnard in the Spring 2017 semester may opt out until January 13, 2017.)

$2,995 per year:

  • $1,173 fall semester
  • $1,822 spring/summer semester
  • $1,893.42 VISP spring



Housing Type

Cost Per Year

Cost Per Semester

Multiple occupancy

$ 9,230


Single occupancy



Studio 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


$  962

Basic 60 Plan:  60 meals per term +

300 Points


$  962

Basic 45 Plan:  45 meals per term +

425 Points $1,924 $  962

*** Convenience 30 Plan30 meals per term +

No Points

$  640

$  320

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

150 Points

$  640

$  320

*** 300 Points Only Plan

300 Points

$  640

$  320

500 Points Only Plan

500 Points $  960

$  480

*** Default Convenience Plan for non-BC Quad residents: 30 meals per term + 150 Points $  960 $  480



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 150 Points," "30 Meals with No Points," "15 Meals with 150 Points," or "300 Points Only").  The default plan is "30 Meals with 150 Points" at a cost of $480 per semester, and the minimum plan is $320 per semester.

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 by the first Friday of each semester at my.barnard.edu (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).

Submitted forms must have your handwritten signature (not typed).  If you are not able to fax or scan/email a signed form to us, you can use a website like pdfescape.com/open to fill out the form, draw your signature, and then send the signed form to us.

Barnard First Year Student Meal Contract 2016-17

Barnard Upper Class/Transfer Student Meal Contract 2016-17  

CU Kosher Student Meal Contract 2016-17

VISP Meal Contract Spring 2017 (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 $24,467 plus $1,173 health insurance (fall semester) or $1,822 (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 1, 2016 for the fall 2016 term and by December 1, 2016 for the spring 2017 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 in full.

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) $1,620
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