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Tuition & Aid

GSAPP has announced that it is maintaining the 2020-2021 tuition rate without any increase for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please see details below and read the Dean’s letter of June 3, 2021 for additional information.

Columbia GSAPP is committed to educating and supporting students pursuing careers in architecture, planning, preservation, real estate development, and related disciplines. It is our aim to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to become successful professionals in their chosen field of study.

Direct funding at GSAPP through fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships is competitive and not available to all admitted or enrolled students. Each applicant has the opportunity to complete a scholarship application included with the application for admission.

The GSAPP Office of Admission and Financial Aid works with the Columbia University Office of Student Financial Services to meet the needs of students, and provides information on the Estimated Cost of Attendance and Types of Aid.

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

The flat fee for Master’s degree tuition per term is $30,540 for 12-19 points. Additional points are $2,036 per point.

The New York/Paris Certificate has a flat fee of $19,950 per term for 12-19 points. Additional points are $1,330 per point.

The Introduction to Architecture program has a flat fee of $3,990 for 3 points at a rate of $1,330 per point.

Please visit the Columbia Student Financial Services website for further information on tuition and fees including International Service Charges, and an overview of the Estimated Cost of Attendance and types of aid.

M.Arch, M.S.CCCP, M.S.HP, M.S.UP

Tuition

University Services & Support Fee

Health and Related Services Fee

Health Insurance

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance

Fall 2021 / Spring 2022

$61,080 ($30,540 per term)

$1,002* ($459 Fall / $543 Spring)

$1,246* ($623 per term)

$3,892** ($1,483 Fall / $2,409 Spring)

$105

$67,325


$25,245 (University estimate)

$3,260 (University estimate)

$1,143 (University estimate)

$6,075 (University estimate)

$216 (University estimate)

$103,264

*Please see the Student Financial Services page for complete details on University fees and the Estimated Cost of Attendance

**Please see Columbia Health for details on health insurance options.

M.S.AAD, M.S.AUD, M.S.RED

Tuition

University Services and Support Fee

Health and Related Services Fee

Health Insurance

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance

Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022

$91,620 ($30,540 per term)

$1,261* ($259 Summer / $459 Fall / $543 Spring)

$1,666* ($420 Summer / $623 Fall / $623 Spring)

$4,962** ($1,070 Sum. / $1,483 Fall / $2,409 Spr.)

$105

$99,614


$33,660 (University estimate)

$4,890 (University estimate)

$1,524 (University estimate)

$8,100 (University estimate)

$432 (University estimate)

$148,220

*Please see the Student Financial Services page for complete details on University fees and the Estimated Cost of Attendance

**Please see Columbia Health for details on health insurance options.

Introduction to Architecture

Tuition

University Services and Support Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Summer 2021

$3,990

$130*

$105

$4,225

*Please see the Columbia Student Financial Services website for complete details on tuition and fees for Introduction to Architecture.

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

The flat fee for Master’s degree tuition per term is $30,540 for 12-25 points. Additional points are $2,036 per point.

The New York/Paris Certificate has a flat fee of $19,950 per term for 12-25 points. Additional points are $1,330 per point.

The Introduction to Architecture program has a flat fee of $3,990 for 3 points at a rate of $1,330 per point.

Please visit the Columbia Student Financial Services website for further information on tuition and fees.

M.Arch, M.S.HP, M.S.UP, M.S.CCCP

Tuition

Health and Related Services Fee

Health Insurance

University Facilities Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

$61,080

$1,220* (see SFS page for details)

$3,676* (see SFS page for details)

$1,068* (see SFS page for details)

$105

$67,149


$22,284 (University estimate)

$3,260 (University estimate)

$1,143 (University estimate)

$5,400 (University estimate)

$216 (University estimate)

$99,452

*Please see the Student Financial Services page for details on University fees in Fall 2020.

M.S.AAD, M.S.AUD, M.S.RED

Tuition

Health and Related Services Fee

Health Insurance

University Facilities Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021

$91,620

$1,830* (see SFS page for details)

$3,676* (see SFS page for details)

$1,568* (see SFS page for details)

$105

$98,799


$29,712 (University estimate)

$4,890 (University estimate)

$1,524 (University estimate)

$7,200 (University estimate)

$432 (University estimate)

$142,557

*Please see the Student Financial Services page for details on University fees in Fall 2020.

New York/Paris

Tuition

Health and Related Services Fee

Health Insurance

University Facilities Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbook & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

$39,900

$1,220* (see SFS page for details)

$3,676* (see SFS page for details)

$1,141* (see SFS page for details)

$105

$46,013


$22,284 (University estimate)

$3,348 (University estimate)

$508 (University estimate)

$5,400 (University estimate)

$132 (University estimate)

$77,685

*Please see the Student Financial Services page for details on University fees in Fall 2020.

Introduction to Architecture

Tuition

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Summer 2020

$3,990

$247*

$105

$4,342

*Please see the Student Financial Services Response to COVID-19 website for updates on University fees in Summer 2020.

2019-2020 Tuition and Fees

The flat fee for Master’s degree tuition per term is $29,490 for 12-19 points. Additional points are $1,966 per point.

The New York/Paris Certificate has a flat fee of $19,500 per term for 12-19 points. Additional points are $1,300 per point.

The Introduction to Architecture program has a flat fee of $3,900 for 3 points at a rate of $1,300 per point.

Please visit the Columbia Student Financial Services website for further information on fees.

M.Arch, M.S.HP, M.S.UP, M.S.CCCP

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

$ 58,980

$ 1,166

$ 3,435

$ 1,030

$ 105

$ 64,716


$ 21,816 (University estimate)

$ 3,260 (University estimate)

$ 1,089 (University estimate)

$ 5,148 (University estimate)

$ 216 (University estimate)

$ 96,245

M.S.AAD, M.S.AUD, M.S.RED

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees


Living Expenses

Textbooks & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

$ 88,470

$ 1,749

$ 4,248

$ 1,545

$ 105

$ 96,117


$ 29,088 (University estimate)

$ 4,890 (University estimate)

$ 1,452 (University estimate)

$ 6,864 (University estimate)

$ 432 (University estimate)

$ 138,843

New York / Paris

Tuition

Health Service Fee

Medical Insurance

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Living Expenses

Textbook & Supplies

Commuting

Personal expenses

Loan Fees

Estimated Total

Fall 2019 / Spring 2020

$ 39,000

$ 1,166

$ 3,435

$ 1,030

$ 105

$ 44,736

$ 21,816 (University estimate)

$ 3,348 (University estimate)

$ 484 (University estimate)

$ 5,148 (University estimate)

$ 132 (University estimate)

$ 75,664

Introduction to Architecture

Tuition

University Facility Fee

Document Fee (one-time)

Combined Tuition and Fees

Summer 2019

$ 3,900

$ 246

$ 105

$ 4,251

GSAPP Funding

GSAPP is proud to offer several million dollars annually in institutional financial aid to support the graduate education of the most highly qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Awarded at the time of admission, GSAPP scholarships are competitive and based on a combination of merit and financial need in an effort to reduce financial barriers, increase equity and access to education, and yield the highest caliber students who are able to benefit from and contribute to the GSAPP experience.

The School actively supports the recruitment of historically underrepresented groups at GSAPP and has established several scholarship funds for this purpose in the past years, including the George and Nancy Rupp Fellowship in 2018 honoring the legacy of the former President of the University, and the Milton and Yvonne Edelin Scholarship in 2019—the largest gift from a Black alumnus in the school’s history. In 2020, the School committed $1 million to establish the Norma Merrick Sklarek Scholars Fund to support a cohort of full tuition financial aid awards over the next three academic years. The Scholarship is named in honor of GSAPP alumna Norma Merrick Sklarek ‘50 B.Arch, who was among the first Black women to receive an architecture degree from Columbia and is recognized as the first Black woman to become a registered architect in the State of New York in 1954.

Scholarships

In order to be considered for a GSAPP scholarship, please complete the scholarship application in the online application.

Allocations of scholarships are based on the following criteria.

  • Funding is determined by the Program’s Admissions Committee.
  • All applicants, domestic and international, are eligible.
  • All applicants may complete a scholarship application that is included with the application for admission. The scholarship application must be submitted at the same time as the application for admission. The deadline is the same as the admissions deadline.
  • Notification of a GSAPP scholarship is included in the admission letter.
  • A direct tuition award is disbursed in the student’s account each term by the end of the change of program period (the second week of each semester).
  • Full time enrollment and good academic standing are required.
  • Scholarship awards are for the entire duration of the degree program and will be divided and disbursed evenly for each semester. For students in the M. Arch, M.S. UP, M.S. HP, MS. CCCP and NY/Paris programs, scholarships will be disbursed evenly for the Fall and Spring semesters. For students enrolled in the M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD or M.S. RED programs, scholarships will be disbursed evenly for the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.
Emergency Fund

Columbia GSAPP has renewed a $250,000 Emergency Fund for the 2021-2022 academic year to assist students with unexpected financial needs. Established and funded by the Dean’s Office, the GSAPP Emergency Fund was initially created in 2020 to support the student community facing hardships resulting from the impact of COVID-19. The Emergency Fund also welcomes gifts from friends and alumni whose contributions help support student success.

The GSAPP Emergency Fund is for current GSAPP students who are enrolled full time and have urgent financial need that cannot be addressed by any other sources. These taxable stipends may vary in amount and will not exceed $1,000 per student in each application round. Students who have already received a stipend from the fund’s prior rounds and continue to experience financial hardship may re-apply for an additional stipend.

Two rounds of funding in the Fall 2020 semester met 100% of requests by disbursing $91,138 in October 2020 and an additional $127,654 in December 2020. Further requests for support were met throughout the Spring 2021 semester, disbursing an additional $71,951. The School expanded the original budget to provide a total of $290,743 in emergency aid to 195 students during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Read more and access the application form for 2021-2022 requests..

Employment Opportunities
Assistantships

Columbia GSAPP offers a limited number of merit-based teaching and research assistantships to students enrolled in full-time degree programs and to continuing non-enrolled students. Remuneration is based on the expected workload and is disbursed via semimonthly paychecks. An enrolled student receiving an assistantship will also be granted a tuition award, which is applied directly to the student’s account.

Remuneration varies based on the position and falls within three ranges:
10 hours per week: $8,144 tuition award plus $2,320 salary
15 hours per week: $12,216 tuition award plus $3,480 salary
19 hours per week: $15,270 tuition award plus $4,410 salary

The assignment of assistantships is made on the basis of qualifications for each position. Because these are merit-based positions, preference is given to applicants who have experience in the course or subject matter. Students are only eligible for one position per semester. A complete list of available positions is released to all students by the Dean’s Office in June. Applications are typically due the following month and students will be notified of their candidacy in late July. Positions are typically for the Fall and/or Spring terms (Summer term appointments are very limited). More information can be found on the Assistantships page.

Casual Payroll
GSAPP offers a range of hourly employment opportunities in the fabrication shop, output shop, exhibitions and events offices, and other administrative roles. Salaries are paid via bi-weekly time sheets at a rate of $16 and $17 per hour.
Work-Study
The federal Work-Study program is a form of financial assistance provided to students through part-time employment. This aid is usually $16 per hour and is awarded based on need. See the Student Financial Services Work-Study Overview for more details.
Other Benefits
Subsidized Travel
GSAPP students receive travel stipends to offset required studio, conference, or thesis travel.
Additionally, GSAPP hosts and funds international summer workshops. These faculty-led, non-curricular workshops take place each summer and are announced during the Spring Semester.
Computers
Each student enrolled in a design studio has 24-hour access to a dedicated computer and workspace. Computers are equipped with animation, modeling, and fabrication software and students do not need to purchase or maintain a personal computer.

Columbia University & External Funding

Columbia University Fellowships

Columbia University offers a limited number of need-based institutional awards for graduate students. Applications are accepted from current students or those who plan to matriculate in the Fall. The submission deadline for these awards is determined by the University Provost’s Office (typically June 1st).

For more information and a complete list of available fellowships, please visit the Student Financial Services.

Lemann Foundation Interschool Fellowship

The Lemann Interschool Fellowship program is open to current and incoming full time master’s students in the programs listed above that have demonstrated a strong commitment to social change in Brazil and its future. Applicants can be Brazilian citizens, or those of other nationalities that can demonstrate a strong interest in social change in Brazil.

In order to apply to become a Lemann Fellow, please read the Columbia University Provost’s fellowship description, then download and fill out the Lemann Interschool Fellowship Application Form.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann and is administered by JPMorgan. Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. The purpose of the fund is to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.

In order to apply, candidates must fill out the DZL application and submit the required materials listed on the application checklist.

Deadline to submit is Monday, December 20, 2022. Applicants must bring the application and required materials to the GSAPP Admissions office at 407 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue by 5pm on the deadline.

Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students

Columbia GSAPP is proud to participate in Columbia University’s Scholarship for Displaced Students. Administered by the Columbia Global Centers, is was launched in November 2019 to provide support for up to 30 students annually to receive tuition, housing, and living assistance while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees across all 18 Columbia schools. The Scholarship is for foreign nationals with refugee status or who have received US asylum or submitted a US asylum application, or are in the US under Temporary Protected Status.

Learn more about the Scholarship and application procedure on the Columbia Global Center website.

External Funding Sources

Many financial resources exist in addition to those offered by Columbia University. We urge students to research outside scholarships, including the selection and additional databases featured on the External Funding Sources page.

Students may be eligible for a specific scholarship or grant from an outside agency. Some sources to explore are employers, unions, professional organizations, and special interest groups. Please also consult the Student Financial Services’ Outside Awards page for more information.

Additional Domestic Student Funding

Federal Aid

Students interested in federal financial aid (loans and/or work study) should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please use FAFSA code 002707. Information on federal aid can be obtained by contacting Columbia University Financial Aid, 202 Kent Hall, 212-854-7040.

Please note that although there is no official deadline for the FAFSA, Columbia University Student Financial Planning requires 4-6 weeks to prepare a Financial Aid Package. Applicants should plan accordingly if they wish to receive notice of federal funding by April 1st.

All degree candidates (including those in the M.S. AAD, M.S. AUD and M.S. RED programs that begin with the Summer semester) should complete the FAFSA application for the upcoming academic year only.

Find more information about Federal Financial Aid on Columbia’s Student Financial Services page. Additional information for Veterans and Service members can be found on the Student Financial Services Veterans and Service Members page.

Student Loans

While student loans may be used to mitigate educational expenses, they are, nevertheless, loans that must be repaid after graduation or after you cease to be enrolled half­time in a degree­-granting program. For this reason, we strongly urge you to be as prudent as possible when borrowing and to understand fully the terms and conditions of any loan that you may borrow.

Students interested in additional loan funding, such as the Graduate Plus Loan should consult the Student Financial Services’ Graduate Financial Aid website in order to obtain information about private loan eligibility, borrowing limits, interest rates, fees and disbursement.