Cost of Service
Columbia Health and Related Services Fee
Full time students and those on the Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan are required to pay the Health & 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 via virtual means, across all 50 US states as well as for our students located outside of the United States. The fee is part of the cost of attendance at Columbia and there is no option to waive the fee.
About the Fee
The Columbia Health and Related Services Fee gives students = access to programs and services provided through the six Columbia Health divisions:
- Alice! Health Promotion (including the Gay Health Advocacy Program - GHAP)
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Disability Services
- Medical Services
- Sexual Violence Response
For full-time students and those who elect to enroll in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, the fee is mandatory and automatically billed through the Student Account Statement.
For part-time students not enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, access to Columbia Health programs and services is optional and achieved by opting in to the fee. Students in the Executive MBA and Executive MPA programs can also choose to participate. To opt in, complete the Columbia Health Sign Up form online or submit it to the Columbia Health Insurance Office. The fee is billed through the Student Account Statement.
As with other University fees, the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee is nonrefundable and not prorated.
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.
After paying the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee, 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:
- Hepatitis A, B, or a combination
- Human papillomavirus (for students age 26 or younger)
- Meningococcal Meningitis
- Pneumococcal (if clinically indicated)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
- Zoster (only appropriate for students over the age of 60)
What’s Not Covered
It is important to note that 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.
What about Part-Time Domestic students not charged the Fee?
Domestic part-time students who have not been automatically charged the fee may receive care through Medical Services for $100 per visit. Vaccinations are available for a cost to students not who have not paid the Columbia Health Fee. Charges may be paid to Columbia Health by credit card (only Visa and MasterCard accepted).
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.
2020-2021 Academic Year
- Fall (Aug. 15, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020): $610
- Spring/Summer (Jan. 1, 2021 to Aug. 14, 2021): $610
- Annual Fee (Aug. 15, 2019 to Aug. 14, 2021): $1,220
- Summer* (May 15, 2021 to Aug. 14, 2021): $420
*Applies to new summer students only