Payment Plan

Columbia offers a payment plan through the Nelnet service provider, which is integrated with the monthly E-Bill. The payment plan enables students and their families to pay tuition and fees over several months, rather than in one payment. The payment plan is not a loan. While there is a modest, non-refundable application fee, there are no interest charges or credit checks.

The payment plan is available July 1 (fall or spring semester) each academic year for students to sign up online through SSOL. Authorized payers will be able to sign up at the E-Billing site.

New incoming students may sign up for the payment plan only after receiving the first E-Bill. For most schools, the return of your admission deposit triggers your first E-Bill. If you are not sure when to expect this bill, please contact your school.

Estimating Your Budget and Monthly Payments:

Tuition and Fees for each academic year are approved and posted each July. If you are signing up before the upcoming year's tuition is available, you can use the prior year's Tuition and Fees amounts as an estimate. You will have the opportunity to adjust your budget after the new fees are available. When estimating, remember to also subtract financial aid awards and outside scholarships, add any Housing, Dining, or other fees, and take into account any sponsored payments or outside scholarship you may expect.

Monthly Payment Plan Features:

  • Application Fee: The annual plan is $45 and the fee for a single term is $25. You may pay the application fee by eCheck in the E-Billing website when you sign up for the payment plan.
  • Monthly Payment: Your budgeted amount will be split into monthly payments during a single term, or over the fall and spring terms for the annual plan. Payments are automatically deducted from the account you designate on the 5th of every month.
  • Automatic Rebalance of Amount in Payment Plan: If your term bill amount changes, the system will automatically recalculate your new total amount, as well as your updated monthly payment amount. This automatic recalculation will happen twice per term. You and any authorized payers will receive an automated email notification 10 days prior to the rebalance.
  • Manual Rebalance of Amount in Payment Plan: After you have signed up for the payment plan, if you anticipate a payment from a source not listed in your E-Bill, for example a sponsored payment or outside scholarship, you can adjust the amount budgeted for your payment plan by logging in to the E-Bill and updating the total amount you wish to pay via the plan. The system will recalculate your monthly payment based on your changes.
  • Contact Information: For information about your tuition balance and student account information please call the Student Service Center at 212-854-4400. For information pertaining to technical difficulties including plan termination, enrollment fee and account access please call Nelnet at 1-888-470-6014. If you are using the payment plan and also borrowing private student loans, you have the right and ability to select the education loan provider of your choice, free from penalty. You are not required to use any lender promulgated by the payment plan provider.

Monthly Payment Plan Schedules:

The payment plan is not available to cover tuition and fees for the summer terms.

The plan starts July 1 each academic year. You may sign up any time before the last enrollment date. However, we recommend you sign up as early as possible so that your total payment can be spread across the maximum number of months.

Columbia’s payment plan is flexible, and offers three options:

Sign-Up Dates and Schedule for Fall Term Payment Plan
(5 Payments/$25 enrollment fee)
Plan enrollment closes after October 5

Note: Payments are automatically deducted on the 5th of every month from the bank account you authorized during sign up.

If you enroll... You will pay...
July 5-August 4 1st monthly payment
August 5 - September 4 1st + 2nd monthly payments
September 5 - October 4 1st + 2nd + 3rd monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
October 5 - November 4
Last day to sign up for fall term
payment plan 
   
1st + 2nd + 3rd + 4th monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
Sign-Up Dates and Schedule for Spring Term Payment Plan
(5 Payments/$25 enrollment fee)
Plan enrollment closes after March 5

Note: Payments are automatically deducted on the 5th of every month from the bank account you authorized during sign up.

If you enroll... You will pay...
December 5 - January 4 1st monthly payment
January 5 - February 4 1st + 2nd monthly payments
February 5 - March 4 1st + 2nd + 3rd monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
March 5 - April 4
Last day to sign up for spring term
payment plan
1st + 2nd + 3rd + 4th monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
April 5 Final Payment
Sign-Up Dates and Schedule for Annual Payment Plan
(10 Payments/$45 enrollment fee)
Plan enrollment closes after November 5

Note: Payments are automatically deducted on the 5th of every month from the bank account you authorized during sign up.

If you enroll... You will pay...
July 5 - August 4 1st monthly payment
August 5 - September 4 1st + 2nd monthly payments
September 5 - October 4 1st + 2nd + 3rd monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
October 5 - November 4
 
1st + 2nd + 3rd + 4th monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)

November 5 - December 4
Last day to sign up for spring term payment plan

1st + 2nd + 3rd + 4th + 5th monthly payments
(late fee applies if payment is after due date)
December 5 - January 4 6th Payment
January 5 - February 4 7th Payment
February 5 - March 4 8th Payment
March 5 - April 4 9th Payment
April 5 Final Payment