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2014-2015 Cost of Attendance

The official tuition rate for 2014-2015 (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015) is $1,398 per credit hour. The official college fee is $418 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 $1,398 per credit/point (with the exception of a few special cohort programs). The average class is three credit hours.

Most scholarships at Teachers College are made on a point basis. One tuition point will cover the tuition charges associated with one credit hour. For students who were awarded a 2014-2015 scholarship at the previous $1,344 tuition rate, your scholarship will be adjusted (i.e. increased) to account for the new per-credit-hour tuition rate.

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 the student plans to take during the year. 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.


Budgeting Groups for the 2014-2015 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 2014 Tuition & Fees

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 in less than 12 billable credit hours may voluntarily enroll in TC health insurance; these students will be required to pay the Columbia health fee in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.

Spring 2015 Tuition & Fees


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 in less than 12 billable credit hours may voluntarily enroll in TC health insurance; these students will be required to pay the Columbia health fee in addition to the cost of health insurance coverage.

Additional Items Factored into Your 2014-2015 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. The figures used for our 2014-2015 Cost of Attendance budget were derived from results we gathered after surveying our student body. Questions on the survey focused on the estimated costs and expenses incurred over the course of the year while at TC.

 Additional Items  Estimated Annual Budgets*
Gold Health Insurance**: $3,143
Books and Supplies: $2,158
Travel Allowance: $5,400
Personal Expenses: $15,345
Living Expenses (Room and Board): $17,820
*Estimated annual budgets are based on the 2014-2015 TC Cost of Attendance for a full-time student taking 24 credits/year (over nine months); budgeted figures may be different for those enrolling in more or less credits.
**All students enrolled in 12 or more billable credit hours and/or students who live in the residence halls are required to have health insurance coverage (TC or external). Full-time students/those living on-campus are automatically enrolled in TC's Gold health insurance; this coverage may be waived with proper proof of external coverage.
The Gold health insurance will cover you from 9/1/14 to 8/14/15.

Student Budgeting Worksheets & Other Helpful Item
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Note: These guides are intended to help you budget for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. 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.

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