Cost of Service

Columbia Health and Related Services Fee

About the Fee

All full-time students, international students, and part-time students who are on the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan are required to pay the full-time Columbia Health and Related Services Fee, regardless of the physical location of the student. Columbia Health, directly or in conjunction with our global partners, will continue to provide our full range of services to students, in person or virtually, across all 50 states as well as for our students located outside of the United States. 

Half-time or part-time students not enrolled in the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan pay a reduced fee and have access to some, but not all, of the services.  Half or part-time students may elect to upgrade to the full-time fee to access the full range of on-campus programs and services. As with other University fees, the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee is mandatory, non-refundable, not prorated, and is billed through the Student Account Statement.

A small portion of the fee supports the University Gender-based Misconduct Office, so that staff may fully collaborate to provide necessary resources and support to students who have experienced sexual assault.

An additional small portion of the fee supports the University International Travel Safety and Security program. This helps provide risk assessments and travel advice, including emergency assistance services for students traveling abroad while studying or conducting research.

What’s Covered

The full-time Columbia Health and Related Services Fee gives students access to programs and services provided through Columbia Health:

  • Administration
  • Alice! Health Promotion (including the Gay Health Advocacy Project - GHAP)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services*
  • Disability Services
  • Medical Services*
  • Sexual Violence Response

Students pay no additional charges for most services provided on campus. See the Service Fees page for more information.

Students can also get a number of vaccinations with no out of pocket costs:

  1. Hepatitis A, B, or a combination
  2. Human papillomavirus (for students age 26 or younger)
  3. Influenza
  4. Meningococcal Meningitis
  5. Pneumococcal (if clinically indicated)
  6. Tetanus/Diphtheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
  7. Varicella
  8. Shingrix (only appropriate for students over the age of 60)

*not available to students paying the half-time or part-time fee. 

What’s Not Covered

Certain services (e.g. radiology services and prescriptions) ordered by Medical Services and Counseling and Psychological Services providers are not covered by this fee. Students will need to provide their health insurance coverage information at the time these services are received. See the Service Fees page for more information.

Spouses and Domestic Partners

Spouses and registered domestic partners of Columbia students who are covered by the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan also pay a Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. Billed through the Student Account Statement at a reduced rate, Columbia Health provides access to Medical Services and most Alice! Health Promotion initiatives. Spouses and domestic partners are not eligible to be seen at Counseling and Psychological Services.

Columbia Health is unable to provide services to dependent children. We are also unable to provide services to spouses and registered domestic partners of Columbia students who are not enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.

Coverage Rates

2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Fall (Aug. 15, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021): $623
  • Spring/Summer (Jan. 1, 2022 to Aug. 14, 2022): $623
  • Annual Fee (Aug. 15, 2021 to Aug. 14, 2022): $1,246
  • Summer* (May 15, 2022 to Aug. 14, 2022): 

*Applies to new summer students only