2017-18 Tuition and Fees


Tuition from September 2017 through May 2018

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.

$50,882 per year ($25,441 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 SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 at University Health Plans.  However, to avoid late payment fees, the College *strongly* suggests that she opt out by the fall semester payment deadline of August 1, 2017.  Although new students entering Barnard for the first time in the Spring 2018 semester and readmitted students may opt out until JANUARY 15, 2018, they are strongly cautioned to opt out by their payment deadline date in order to avoid late payment fees.

$3,330 per year:

  • $1,309.00 fall semester coverage (8/22/17 - 1/11/18)
  • $2,021.00 spring + summer semester coverage (1/12/18 - 8/21/18)
  • $2,111.92 VISP spring + summer semester coverage (1/8/18 - 8/21/18)



Housing Type

Cost Per Year

Cost Per Semester

Multiple occupancy

$ 9,510


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


$  996

Basic 60 Plan:  60 meals per term +

300 Points


$  996

Basic 45 Plan:  45 meals per term +

425 Points $1,992 $  996

*** Convenience 30 Plan30 meals per term +

No Points

$  662

$  331

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

150 Points

$  662

$  331

*** 300 Points Only Plan

300 Points

$  662

$  331

500 Points Only Plan

500 Points $  994

$  497

*** Default Convenience Plan for non-BC Quad residents: 30 meals per term + 150 Points $  994 $  497



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. 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. The meal plan in which you enroll is only for your use and may not be transferred to anyone else. 

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 by the student in my.barnard.edu (under the Student Services tab, in the right hand column, under myHousing & Dining).

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 $497 per semester, and the minimum plan is $331 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 paper meal contracts (below) and submit them to Bursar each term by scan (Bursar@barnard.edu), fax (212-280-8941), or mail (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.

2017-18 Barnard First Year Dining Contract

2017-18 Barnard Upper Class Dining Contract

2017-18 Columbia Student Barnard Kosher Dining Contract

Spring 2018 VISP Dining Contract (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 $25,601 plus either $1,309 health insurance (fall semester) or $2,032 (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 in full by August 1, 2017 for the fall 2017 semester and by December 1, 2017 for the spring 2018 semester. However, if you wish Barnard to pay your tuition abroad before these dates, we require that your Barnard invoice also 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

$  550

  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) $1,697
Deferred Payment Plan (per semester) $   75
Housing Cancelation Fee Consult www.barnard.edu/reslife/cancellations. up to 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

Visa fee for international students traveling on an F-1 visa requiring processing of the initial I-20 form $  100