2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

The financial planning process should begin well before you are admitted to the institution and continue throughout your academic career. We hope that you will find this information helpful as you move beyond your initial stage of graduate education exploration.

The Financial Aid Cost of Attendance (COA) budget is a set of estimated expenses that are used by The Office of Financial Aid to determine the max amount of aid a student can obtain.  It is not a student's actual cost of attending the college. All students with federal aid will be assigned a COA budget.  We describe the details of those line items below.

The estimated tuition rate for 2017-2018 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018) is $1,572 per credit hour. The estimated college fee is $448 per semester. Please note that the college fee cannot be waived.

The price of tuition per credit/point is the same for both master's and doctoral students. There is no in-state or out-of-state tuition rate; everyone will pay $1,572 per credit/point (with the exception of a few special cohort programs). The average class is three credit hours.

It is important to note that there is no "sticker price" for any program here at Teachers College (TC). Every student's budget will be different and will vary depending on the number of credit hours & terms for which the student plans to attend during the year (periods of enrollment). Additional items such as books/supplies, room/board, personal expenses, and transportation costs will also affect how much you will pay during your time at TC. Note that these additional items are expenses that are yours to determine and can be covered by your financial aid if you choose. Unlike tuition and fees, the additional budget items are not required charges; they can be factored into your own budget and covered by financial aid on an as-needed basis. Continue reading for additional budget information.

Information regarding student health insurance may be found on the Office of Insurance and Immunization Records website.

Budgeting Groups for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Full-Time Student: A student enrolled in 12 or more credits/points per semester.

  • Three Quarter-Time Student: A student enrolled in 9-11 credits/points per semester.

  • Half-Time Student: A student enrolled in 6-8 credits/points per semester.

  • Less-Than-Half-Time Student: A student enrolled in 5 or less credits/points per semester. These students are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Fall 2017 Tuition & Fees

Enrollment

Tuition Cost*

Mandatory College Fee*

Mandatory Columbia Health Fee*

Total Tuition and Fees

6 credits/points

$9,432

$448

N/A

$9,880

9 credits/points

$14,148

$448

N/A

$14,596

12 credits/points

$18,864

$448

$541*

$19,853

15 credits/points

$23,580

$448

$541*

$24,569

*Students enrolling in all three semesters of the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) will only be charged the Columbia Health Fee in the Fall and Spring. Students enrolled less than full-time may voluntarily enroll in TC health insurance; these students will be required to pay the health program fee in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.

Spring 2018 Tuition & Fees

Enrollment

Tuition Cost

Mandatory College Fee

Mandatory Columbia Health Fee*

Total Tuition and Fees

6 credits/points

$9,432

$448

N/A

$9,880

9 credits/points

$14,148

$448

N/A

$14,596

12 credits/points

$18,864

$448

$541*

$19,853

15 credits/points

$23,580

$448

$541*

$24,569

*Students enrolling in all three semesters of the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) will only be charged the Columbia Health Fee in the Fall and Spring. Students enrolled less than full-time may voluntarily enroll in TC health insurance; these students will be required to pay the health program fee in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.

Additional Items Factored Into Your 2017-2018 Budget

These items represent additional expenses that you may incur over the course of the year while attending TC. These figures are purely estimates and are NOT mandatory/applicable to all students. Please note that while every student is allotted an annual budget for the items listed below, they are optional to include in one's own budgeting calculations.

Additional Items

Estimated Annual Budgets*

Gold Health Insurance**:

$4,778

Books and Supplies:

$1,070

Travel Allowance:

$1,800

Personal Expenses:

$13,036

Living Expenses (Room and Board):

$19,367

* Initial estimated annual budgets are based on the 2017-2018 TC Cost of Attendance for a part-time student taking 6 credits/term across Fall and Spring semesters (over nine months); budgeted figures may be different for those enrolling in more or less credits.

** Estimated fee. All students enrolled in 12 or more credits and/or living in the residence halls are required to have health insurance coverage (TC or external). All international students will also be required to have health insurance. Full-time students/those living on-campus are automatically enrolled in TC's basic health insurance; this coverage may be waived with proper proof of external coverage. Official costs for 2017-2018 as well as coverage periods should be discussed with the Office of Insurance and Immunization Records.

Additional Information

Students utilizing federal student aid are limited to borrow up to the Cost of Attendance budget set forth by the Office of Financial Aid for the academic year. Student Loan eligibility may change based on any internal or external aid (Institutional Scholarships, Third-Party Scholarship payment, Employer Tuition Exemption etc.) that are administered throughout the duration of the academic year.

Note: These guides are intended to help you budget for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Fall/Spring students are enrolled for a total of nine months, which is the number of months used to determine some of the numbers found in the budget(s). If you intend to enroll in only one term, or if you plan to enroll in the summer, contact our office to discuss your budget.

  • Financial Awareness Counselingstudentloans.gov provides online counseling sessions equipped with tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assist you in managing your finances. Visit the studentloans.gov homepage to create your account and register for a session.  *Financial Awareness Counseling does not satisfy Entrance or Exit Counseling Requirements.*

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