Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the Class of 2017 has been set at $16,500 per semester and $500 for summer ($33,500) for Years I and II.  Year III is $26,520.  The program student fee is $5000 per year.

Other university costs associated with matriculation, including health insurance and estimated academic and living expenses are on the Office of Student Financial Planning website, http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/student/finaid/index.html .  See also http://cumc.columbia.edu/student/finaid/pdf/15-16/PTHDBK1516.pdf for the Financial Aid Handbook specifically for the PT Program.

The following represents the estimated budget for the Class of 2017. It is based on a single resident student.

   FIRST YEAR
  Fall I (4 months)  Spring I (5 months)  Summer I (2 months)

Tuition*
 
Fees*
Student Health Service
Medical Insurance Premium
CUMC IT Technical Fee
Program Fee
Transcript Fee

16,500
 
 
492
1,942
195
2,500
105

16,500
 
 
688
2,718
195
2,500

500
 
 
195

Subtotal Tuition and Fees21,73422,601695
Educational Expenses
Books & Supplies
APTA Student Membership Dues
 
745
85
 
745
0
 
345
0
Subtotal Educational Expenses830745345
Living Expenses
Housing
Food
Miscellaneous (laundry, clothing, recreation, other)
 
5,333
2,835
1,502
 
5,333
2,835
1,502
 
2,370
1,260
668
Subtotal Living Expenses9,6709,6704,298
 GRAND TOTAL FOR 11 MONTHS70,568

* Projected figures, subject to change without notice. 
** Charged only for first enrollment at Columbia.
^ Estimate a 1.5% increase annually in living expenses other than housing. CU housing rates are used to calculate living expenses in the above budgets. It is expected that housing will increase by 3% annually.

Financial Assistance

No student is considered for financial assistance until accepted into the DPT program and the $1000 non-refundable matriculation deposit has been made.

Federal and State regulations restrict all federal aid to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The University requires international students applying for admission to present evidence of sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, books and living expenses for their course of study in the program.

The financial aid policies of the Program in Physical Therapy are designed to assist students to secure funds to help pay their education and related expenses. Assistance comes in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and/or Federal Work-Study provided by federal, state, university, and/or private sources. Financial aid is based on merit, financial need, enrollment status and availability of funds. This assistance is supplemental to the student's financial resources. For more information see the Office of Student Financial Planning website, http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/student/finaid/index.html.

Program Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students based on undergraduate academic achievement with a minimal cumulative grade point average determined by the Admissions Committee. The amount of the scholarships varies on a yearly basis depending on program support, alumni donations, and other donations by friends of the program. Applicants do not apply for these scholarships. These scholarships are awarded as part of the acceptance letter and are based on the final transcript that indicates receipt of the baccalaureate degree and cumulative grade point average. Applicants who have not received their baccalaureate degree at the time of acceptance may receive a provisional scholarship award. The scholarship is finalized when we receive the applicant’s final transcript indicating conferral of the degree and final cumulative average.

Merit scholarships are renewed yearly under the condition that the student maintains a minimal grade point average of 3.350 each semester throughout the 3-year program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

This is an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 in which educational institutions provide eligible student veterans with a tuition waiver or grant matched by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The program's contribution of support for each eligible veteran will be $5,500 in 2014-15.

Clinical Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to students for the second clinical education experience and/or for the third and final internship experience. The fellowships, of varying dollar support, are used to help defray costs for travel and living expenses for students seeking challenging affiliations nation-wide. Students apply for these competitive fellowships based on certain criteria. The final determination for award is based on the recommendations of the Director and Director of Clinical Education.

Private Scholarships

Individuals and foundations endow scholarship money to the program. When such funding becomes available, students, depending on the stipulations of the donor, are made aware of this support and are invited to apply. These awards are competitive and selection is determined by the program's Scholarship Committee.

Service Scholarships

The New York City Board of Education provides scholarships for both second and third year students. The service scholarship pays for one or both years of tuition in exchange for 24 months of service post-graduation for each year funded in a public school at the prevailing salary. The application is available on the Office of Student Financial Planning website or by contacting the Board of Education at 718-391-8391.

Other Resources

AMBUCS Scholarship for Therapists, http://www.ambucs.org/scholarships-for-therapists/.

Another resource is the Foundation Center Library, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, http://www.fdncenter.org.

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