Cost of Service

Columbia Health and Related Services Fee

About the Fee

By paying the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee, students can access programs and services provided through the seven Columbia Health divisions:

  • Administration
  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Disability Services
  • Medical Services
  • Gay Health Advocacy Program (GHAP)
  • 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, fill out 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.

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

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 free vaccinations:

  1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  2. Hepatitis A, B, or a combination
  3. Human papillomavirus (for students age 26 or younger)
  4. Influenza
  5. Meningococcal Meningitis
  6. Pneumococcal (if clinically indicated)
  7. Tetanus/Diphtheria or Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
  8. Varicella
  9. 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 if I Don’t Pay the Fee?

Students who have not been charged the fee may receive care through Medical Services for $95 per visit. Vaccinations are available for a minimal cost to students not who have not paid the Columbia Health Fee. Charges may be paid to Columbia Health by cash, check, or 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.

Coverage Rates

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Fall (Aug. 15, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017): $541
  • Spring/Summer (Jan. 1, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2018): $541
  • Annual Fee (Aug. 15, 2017 to Aug. 14, 2018): $1,082
  • Summer* (May 15, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2018): $270

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Fall (Aug. 15, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018): $561
  • Spring/Summer (Jan. 1, 2019 to Aug. 14, 2019): $561
  • Annual Fee (Aug. 15, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2019): $1,122
  • Summer* (May 15, 2019 to Aug. 14, 2019): To Be Determined

*Applies to new summer students only