Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2024 Lede Program will be offered at a full rate of $12,000, plus a $20 application fee.

Please note that scholarship aid is available to all applicants, read below for more details.

Scholarship Aid

Columbia Journalism School offers need- and merit-based aid to students in the Lede Program. To apply, please submit the Scholarship Aid Application along with your application for admission.

This application is available from the same application portal as the admissions application.

In 2023, 100% of students who applied for aid received assistance. We understand the difficulties of taking on additional financial burdens, especially for many of our international participants, and try to make the program as accessible as possible.

Note that scholarship aid only covers tuition for the program, not living expenses.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship

Press release: Columbia Journalism Lede Program Partners with Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to Support Lede Program

SNF, an international philanthropic foundation, will support six journalists from Greece to be fully funded fellows in the Lede Program. This includes full tuition, travel expenses, housing and living stipends.

Applicants do not need to complete the separate Lede Scholarship application to be eligible – the admissions application includes one question asking if you are applying for the SNF scholarship. This scholarship only applicable for journalists with a connection to Greece, which includes being a Greek national, living there, etc.

Alternative funding sources

Beyond aid offered by the Journlaism School, we strongly recommending exploring educational funding from journalism-related grant-giving foundations. For students outside of the United States, there may also be grants offered by organizations affiliated with your home country's government.

Tuition due date

Tuition is due in full on May 24, and is payable via credit card or bank transfer.

A payment plan is available upon request. The payment plan has no additional fees, and the schedule is below:

  • Friday, May 24: One-half of tuition
  • Friday, June 21: One-quarter of the remaining tuition
  • Friday, July 19: One-quarter of the remaining tuition

Here are several examples of payment plans, based on different levels of scholarship:

Tuition (after scholarship) $12,000 $6,000 $3,000
First payment $6,000 $3,000 $1,500
Second payment $3,000 $1,500 $750
Third payment $3,000 $1,500 $750

More information

You can find more details on the Finances section of the FAQs page, or feel free to email us at