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Cost of Attendance: The Lede Program

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 who are not graduating in May 2015, different tuition rates apply.

University Charges

Summer Lede 12 Program: Estimated tuition and fees for the Lede Program in the summer of 2015:


$12,480 ($1,040 per point)

Student Activity Fee


Health Services Fee


Document Fee 


Technology Fee 


Enrollment Fee (nonrefundable)


Application Fee


(International Student Fee)




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.

Student Fees

Transcript Fee
One-time fee for all future transcripts you may order from the Registrar's Office.

Technology Fee
One-time fee for all technical services you will need while at school.

Application Fee
One-time, nonrefundable application fee; does not count towards tuition.

Enrollment Fee
One-time, nonrefundable fee to hold your place in the class; does not count toward tuition.

Since personal expenses vary by student, the school recommends that you track and periodically assess your actual income and expenses. This financial planning tool may help. 

Scholarship Aid

Columbia Journalism School plans to offer need-based assistance for the Lede Program in 2015. To apply, please submit the Scholarship Aid application along with your application for admission. 

Withdrawal and Refund Information

Classes begin: May 26
Classes end: August 31

Add/Drop (Change of Program): Through June 1

Students may add and drop classes without financial or academic penalty through June 1. After this Change-of-Program period ends, students may no longer add classes or receive tuition refunds.


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. All students must also pay an expected $216 Health Services fee, which allows them to see a doctor on campus. Please note that anyone completing a Columbia degree program in May 2015, who was covered by Columbia insurance while enrolled at the school, will remain covered through August 31.

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