Tuition and Fees

The cost of attending for the Lede Program includes two sets of expenses: University charges and personal living expenses.

University charges include tuition and all fees billed through the University. Living expenses are all personal expenses, including rent, transportation and food.

Note: For current Columbia University students (those not graduating in May), different tuition rates will apply.

University Charges

Summer Lede 12 Program

As fees are subject to change each year, this is an estimate.

Tuition  $1,172 per credit point $14,064
Student Activity Fee $421
Transcript Fee One-time fee for all future transcripts you may order from the Registrar’s Office. $110
Technology Fee  One-time fee for all technical services you will need while at school. $1,200
Enrollment Fee One-time, nonrefundable fee to hold your place in the class (Nonrefundable, does not count toward tuition). $525
Application Fee One-time, nonrefundable application fee (does not count towards tuition).  $60
International Student Fee Additional processing fee for international students. $52
TOTAL  $16,432

Fall Lede 24 Program

Fall tuition and fees will be similar to or slightly less than the above, depending on course load. Final rates will be confirmed by the university in May.

Scholarship Aid

Columbia Journalism School offers need-based aid to students in the Lede Program. To apply, please submit the Scholarship Aid application along with your application for admission.This application will be available from the same application portal as the admissions application.

Information on other official scholarships and grants is available on this page.


The University uses the term “withdraw” to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term. Withdrawing differs from dropping one or several classes in a given term, as long as a student keeps at least one class, he or she is still considered to be registered.

A withdrawal is done in consultation with Associate Dean of Students, Melanie Huff.  A statement will be added to your transcript indicating that you have withdrawn from the University. Depending on the date of withdrawal, you may be entitled to a pro-rated refund (see schedule below). In most cases, ancillary fees will remain on your account, in addition to a $75 withdrawal fee.

Refund Rate for Withdrawals

Week 1 (Change of Program Period)
100% tuition and fees (except transcript fee) refunded

Week 2 & Week 3
90% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 4
80% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 5
70% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 6
60% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 7
50% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

Week 8
40% tuition refunded, no fees refunded

All students who withdraw will be charged a $75 withdrawal fee.

Health Services Fee and Health Insurance for Lede Students

Lede students are automatically enrolled in basic Columbia student health insurance, and charged an expected $937 fee. They have the option of waiving this university plan if they can prove comparable coverage elsewhere; and they can explore insurance options through the school’s Healthcare Exchange. Note: waiver option is not available to international students.

All students must also pay an expected $216 Health Services fee, which allows them to see a doctor on campus.

Note: Anyone completing a Columbia degree program in May, who was covered by Columbia insurance while enrolled at the school, will remain covered through the end of August.