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Tuition and Fees


Estimated cost of attendance for 2023-2024 academic year can be found on the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Financial Aid website under tuition and fees.


 Please visit the SIPA website for a more complete list of tuition, fees and other estimated expenses.

Funding Sources

Program Fellowships

The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program awards numerous other fellowships, which typically range from $10,000 to $25,000, but can be as high as $40,000.  All fellowships are applied as a tuition discount, evenly divided across our three semesters.

All fellowship awards are based on academic merit and financial need. Fellowships are awarded without regard to citizenship, so international students are also eligible.

Students who apply by one of our two fellowship deadlines — November 1 and January 15 — are automatically considered for fellowship funding.


Our online admissions application includes a section to express your interest in fellowship funding, so there is no separate application to fill out. Students are notified if they have received a fellowship as part of the Admissions Decision. 

MPA-ESP Dean's Fellowship

The MPA-ESP program awards one candidate with the Dean’s Fellowship in Environmental Science and Policy – a full-tuition grant, valued over $100,000, and an Earth Institute Internship. This fellowship is intended for a student who:


(i) is the first in their family to attend graduate school; and/or

(ii) has either as a result of their socio-economic background, or challenging life experiences, overcome substantial obstacles on their journey to graduate school; and/or

(iii) has, through their undergraduate education or professional/volunteer/personal experience, demonstrated a commitment to serving historically underprivileged populations and/or the academic study of historically underrepresented populations.

Students who apply by one of our two fellowship deadlines - November 1 and January 15 - are eligible to apply for this fellowship. To apply, please submit an essay of 600 words addressing any of the above criteria.

Please submit your essay as a pdf to Maya Lugo, Assistant Director of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, This fellowship is awarded after admission into the MPA-ESP program.


The deadline to submit this essay is February 15.


Please note that if you receive the Dean's Fellowship after being awarded a partial program fellowship (see above), the partial program fellowship is no longer applicable as the Dean's Fellowship covers all tuition costs.

Course Grading Assistantships

Students may also apply for a limited number of Climate School partner program course grading assistantships. Students in these positions perform administrative functions associated with the instruction of courses, including the grading of homework assignments and exams. Students in these positions earn $5,000 – $6,000 per semester.

The Climate School's Earth Institute Internship Program

Students may apply for paid internships in the Earth Institute, and in environmental organizations that participate in the Columbia Climate School's Earth Institute Internship Program. The positions pay an hourly rate and students may work up to 20 hours a week. Hourly rates and the number of work hours vary for internships at organizations both on and off campus. Please fill out the below form for more information.

Federal Financial Aid

Applicants to the program who are U.S. citizens may apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at The School’s Title IV code is 002707. Students are strongly encouraged to contact SIPA Financial Aid Office for assistance with FAFSA and financing their degree:


514 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-854-6216

Please visit the SIPA Financial Aid website for information:

Yellow Ribbon Program

The MPA-ESP program proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, which provides an additional scholarship funding match. We strongly encourage veterans to apply to our program. No background in science is required. Please make note if you are a veteran on your online application. Prospective student veterans can contact our Assistant Director for program information. For information related to the Yellow Ribbon program, please contact the SIPA Financial Aid Office at 212-854-6216. 

Shardashish Interschool Fellowship

The Shardashish Interschool Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the UNM (Uttambhai Nathalal Mehta) Foundation.  The UNM Foundation is committed to expanding educational opportunities at all levels. Believing that education and health are cornerstones of societal development, particularly in a developing country like India, the UNM Foundation expends significant resources in both these areas. The intention of the Shardashish fellowship at Columbia University is to make available the best of global educational opportunities to bright and committed students who are economically challenged.  Beneficiaries of “Shardashish” (blessings of Mother of Knowledge) must push their existing boundaries to achieve and excel.  The expectation of Shardashish fellows is that they will maximize their learning opportunities and once successful will pay it forward, through enabling others.

Criteria for this fellowship:

  • Established commitment to India and its future

  • Demonstrated financial need

  • Preference to residents of India

  • Must have applied and been admitted to one of the eligible programs of Columbia University.

Fellowships are awarded through a competitive process after admission. Funding is for one year, varying in amount depending on the particular program, level of financial need, and application qualifications. The maximum amount for any individual is $50,000 for one year. The award can be applied to tuition and fees.

Additional application details can be found here.

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