What are the tuition costs?

The Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science tuition for the 2018 - 2019 academic year is $2,018 per credit. At 30 credits, the Master of Science comes to about $60,540. At 12 credits, the Certification of Professional Achievement comes to about $24,216. Columbia University may assess additional fees. For more information, please see Student Financial Services( and the Graduate Engineering Aid site (  

Is financial aid available?

Master of Science: U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to the M.S. program may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Please complete the FASFA form to find out if you qualify.

Certification of Professional Achievement: As a part-time non-degree program, this program is currently not eligible for FAFSA funding.

What are the financial options as a current student at the Data Science Institute?

For information about different types of funding options visit the website of the Student Financial Planning Office. All prospective students should seek funding from external sources such as, scholarships offered by philanthropic or government organizations. Eligibility requirements will vary depending on the sponsor. In addition, separate applications will be required by each sponsor. To search a list of external scholarship opportunities you may use Columbia University's Find A Fellowship listing online. There are many other search sites available on the Internet. We also suggest you consult with faculty, administrators, or mentors, at your current or prior undergraduate school as they may also have knowledge of sources of funding.

 There are also a few Interschool Fellowships, with very specific requirements, available for varying amounts to students who qualify. To find out if you qualify for an Interschool Fellowship review the information on the Student Financial Services webiste for details. 

Are Columbia University employees eligible for tuition benefits?

Columbia employees should speak with administrators in Human Resources about potential benefits.

Are there work study, teaching assistantships or research assistantships available to current students?

Assistantships and work studies must be sought out by the student. You are welcome to look on Columbia’s HR page for part-time, on-campus positions. Some are research oriented, while others are purely administrative. These are hourly positions and generally don’t come with tuition benefits. The School of Engineering also posts research opportunities on the Student Research Program site. 

Additionally, DSI students have an opportunity for on-campus, part-time positions through our Campus Connections program. Through this program, we are able to connect our students with Columbia faculty and staff that need students with data science skills. Some of the positions are paid, while others may have the option to be used for credit.

Most assistantship positions are typically posted closer to the beginning of each semester. Please note that most fully funded positions are typically reserved for PhD track students. Most often the paid opportunities on-campus are hourly positions and do not come with tuition benefits. While these positions do not cover the cost of tuition, it can offset the cost of attendance. 

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