2019-20 Tuition and Fees


Tuition from September 2019 through May 2020

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.

$55,781 per year ($27,890.50 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.)



$1,887 per year ($943.50 per semester)



Student Health Insurance  If the student is covered under another plan, she may opt out of Barnard's insurance (annually) until August 23, 2019 at University Health Plans. To avoid late payment fees, the College *strongly* suggests that students opt out by the fall semester payment deadline of AUGUST 1, 2019.  Although new students entering Barnard for the first time in the Spring 2020 semester and readmitted students for Spring may submit their opt out requests between November 6, 2019 through January 17, 2020, they are strongly cautioned to opt out by their payment deadline date instead in order to avoid late payment fees.

$3,288 for the academic year:

  • $1,285 fall 2019 semester coverage (8/22/19 - 1/11/20)
  • $2,003 spring + summer 2020 semester coverage (1/12/20 - 8/21/20)



Housing Type

Cost Per Year

Cost Per Semester

Multiple or Single occupancy



Studio Apartment



Meal Plans

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

Click here for Clarifying Statement Regarding Barnard Meal Plans for 2019-20


Standard or Kosher Plans:

 Meal Plan Points per semester

Full Year

Per Term

* Platinum Plan: 19 meals per week +

120 Points



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

625 Points



*** Flex 100 Plan100 meals per term +

400 Points



*** Flex 75 Plan: 75 meals per term +

200 Points



*** Flex 30 Plan: 30 meals per term + 150 points $1,028.00 $  514.00
**** Convenience 400 Points-Only Plan 400 Points $   825.00 $  412.50

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. 

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

Barnard students are able to swipe in guests for meals up to the total value of the meal plan. 

In addition, Barnard students are able to add meals throughout the year in increments of 5 and 10 and points in increments of 25  as needed.

Barnard students may use their meal plans at Hewitt Dining Hall and the Diana Dining Room on Barnard’s campus or John Jay, Ferris-Booth and JJ’s Place on Columbia’s campus.

The deadline to drop or change a plan is the fourth day of each semester - see below for details

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 (19 meals per week + 120 dining points per term).

**   Upper Class and Transfer/Visiting students residing on floors 2-8 in the Barnard Quad (Brooks, Hewitt, Reid, Sulzberger Halls) are required to enroll in a Barnard Upper Class Quad Plan (150 meals per term + 625 points) as a minimum.  

*** Upper-class and Transfer/Visiting students residing elsewhere in Barnard/Columbia housing are automatically enrolled in the Flex 100 Meal Plan (100 meals per term + 400 points) but may opt into any other plan. See Changing a Meal Plan Selection below.

**** All full-time commuters are required to enroll in a Convenience Plan (400 points only) as a minimum.  Commuters may upgrade to any other Barnard plan by the 4th day of each semester (see below).

Making a Selection

Barnard students are automatically 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 and submit any additional cost to the Bursar.

Columbia 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). Columbia students must submit full payment with their dining contracts.

Submitted forms must have the student's handwritten signature (not a typed font).  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.  

2019-20 Barnard First Year Dining Contract
2019-20 Upper Class Dining Contract (Barnard or Columbia, including Transfer students)
2019-20 Columbia First Year Kosher Dining Contract  
2019-20 VISP Dining Contract (Visiting International Student Program only)

Changing a Meal Plan Selection

The deadline to  drop or change a meal plan is the fourth day of each semester:
-    September 6, 2019 for the Fall 2019 semester.
-    January 24, 2020 for the Spring 2020 semester.
Meal Plan Changes must be completed by the student in my.barnard.edu (under the Student Services tab, click the Meal Plan link in the right hand column under myHousing & Dining). Charges will be prorated during this period.


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 $28,050.50 plus either $1,285 health insurance (fall semester) or $2,003 health insurance (spring and summer semesters together) payable to Barnard. The student is responsible for payment of all other costs (housing, board, other fees, etc.) directly to the institution abroad at their own rates.

Payment of Barnard charges is due in full by August 1, 2019 for the Fall 2019 semester and by December 2, 2020 for the Spring 2020 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) $1,860
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 payment fee per item

$   20

Returned payment fee - TMS/Nelnet per item $   30
Readmission fee

$  100

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