Tuition, Fees, Financial Assistance, and Housing

Tuition and Fees

Total estimated costs per year including other educational and living expenses are included here.

Financial Assistance

There are many sources of financial assistance available to Columbia DPT students. Financial assistance comes in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and/or work-study provided by federal, state, university, and/or private sources.

The DPT Program offers a number of scholarships to incoming students each year. The majority of scholarships do not require a formal application and recipients will be notified in their acceptance letter. The Programs in Physical Therapy Student Scholarship requires an application. Information regarding the application process is provided during the interview sessions. Students are notified if they are a Physical Therapy Student Scholarship recipient prior to the $1,500 non-refundable deposit deadline.

You may apply for Financial Aid through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Planning.

Clinical Education Fellowship

Fellowships are available to students for the Terminal Clinical Education Experience. The fellowships, of varying dollar support, are used to help defray costs for travel and living expenses for students seeking challenging experiences outside of the NYC metro area. Information regarding fellowship eligibility and the application process is provided to students during Fall Year III. The final determination for the award is based on the recommendations of the Program Director and the Directors of Clinical Education.

Yellow Ribbon Program

This is an initiative authorized by the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  The Yellow Ribbon Program supplements the base benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® by allowing educational institutions to enter into dollar-for-dollar matching agreements with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Participation in this supplementary program is determined by Columbia's participating schools on a first-come, first-serve basis and is available only to students who meet the 100% entitlement according to their VA-issued Certificate of Eligibility. Maximum contribution amount: $6,000. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Other Resources


Our students often choose to live in residential housing facilities on campus at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Approximately 1,400 graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows and scientists of all disciplines live in CUIMC housing, making for a diverse and vibrant community. Options include studios, one-bedroom apartments, and multi-room apartments for singles, couples, and groups of friends. There are also gender-specific floors and accessible rooms. For complete details, visit the CUIMC housing website.