What are the tuition costs?

Updated information regarding the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science tuition can be found on the Student Financial Services website: 


Cost of Attendance by Program (includes fees):

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.

Please review the Student Financial Planning page for more details.

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

For information about different types of funding options, please visit the  Student Financial Planning Office website.  Please note that we are unable to offer institutional aid to our students, but we do encourage all prospective students to 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 or the Columbia Engineering Fellowship List. There are many other search sites available on the Internet. We also suggest that 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 do not come with tuition benefits. The School of Engineering also posts research opportunities on the Student Research Program site. 

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. 

Additionally, Data Sceince students have an opportunity for on-campus, part-time work through two DSI programs:

DSI Campus Connections 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.

DSI Scholars Program:  This program engages Columbia’s undergraduate and masters students in data science research with Columbia faculty, provides student researchers with unique enrichment activities, and aims to foster a learning and collaborative community in data science at Columbia. The opportunity includes a stipend. 


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