Tuition and Fellowships

The estimated tuition for 2023-24 is $33,932 per semester (Fall and Spring). The cost of tuition is the same for US citizens and international students.

In addition to tuition, HILI students are required to pay the one-time Columbia Document Fee ($105) at the start of the Fall semester. This fee provides lifetime access to transcript and enrollment certifications.* HILI students are also eligible for medical insurance coverage through the program at a low yearly fee. Please contact [email protected] for more information on health insurance and pricing.

Please visit the Columbia GSAS Financing Your Education website for more information on costs of attendance. For information on billing and payments, please see Student Financial Services. 

*CU Alumni will not be charged the document fee again if they have paid this in a previous program at Columbia. 

HILI offers generous fellowships to many of our incoming students. HILI fellowships range in amount from 15%-50% of the yearly tuition rate. Fellowships decisions are based on merit and need. If you would like to apply for a HILI fellowship and wish to receive our optional need-based questionnaire, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that admission to the HILI program is need-blind. 

All HILI students are eligible for archival research stipends and conference funding during the program. 

The GSAS Office of Financial Aid can provide further information about financing your education and loan eligibility. For questions, please contact Sandra Peters at [email protected] or 212 854 6725 at the GSAS Office of Financial Aid. You may also visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid.

If you already submitted a loan application and need to check on loan dispersal, please contact Columbia’s Student Financial Services. For Billing/Refunds, contact [email protected]. For Stipend/Loan checks, call (212) 854-1518.

If you anticipate difficulty with your finances at any time – late receipt of loans, etc.— you are strongly advised to provide a relative or friend in the U.S. with the necessary power of attorney to endorse bank loan checks and other items for deposit. Do not wait until one or two weeks before you go to Paris to make sure that your finances are in order. Check with your Financial Aid Officer now to guarantee that you will meet tuition payment deadlines.

For more information, visit Student Financial Services or the GSAS Student Financial Service Guidebook.