Tuition & Fees
Tuition for the Class of 2018 has been set at $18,000 per semester and $500 for summer ($36,500) for Years I and II. Year III is $27,000. 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 2017-18. It is based on a single resident student.
|Fall I (4 months)||Spring I (5 months)||Summer I (2 months)|
|Subtotal Tuition and Fees||23,240||24,221||695|
|Educational Expenses |
Books & Supplies
APTA Student Membership Dues
|Subtotal Educational Expenses||825||745||345|
|Living Expenses |
Miscellaneous (laundry, clothing, recreation, other)
|Subtotal Living Expenses||10,270||10,270||4,564|
|Subtotal by Term||34,445||35,236||5,604|
|Grand total for 11 months $75, 175|
* 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.
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 $6,000 in 2017-18.
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 Directors of Clinical Education.
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.
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.