Lifelong Learners, Columbia University

Lifelong Learners Auditing Program

The Lifelong Learners Auditing Program at Columbia University was launched in 1986 by the School of Professional Studies and the Brookdale Institute on Aging and Adult Human Development with the aim of establishing at Columbia University a community of mature learners committed to the principles of lifelong education. Since then, the program has grown to hundreds of participants.

Individuals over 65 years of age who are interested in auditing courses may enroll at a discount as Lifelong Learners.

Application Deadline

Since there is limited space available to auditors, and seats are taken on a first-come, first-served basis once registration is open, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as the courses are posted (1 month prior to the start of classes).

Lifelong Learners Auditing Program
Fall Aug. 25
Spring Jan. 5

Admission Requirement

The Lifelong Learners Auditing Program is available to adults who:

  1. Have not recently attended high school
  2. Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
  3. Are 65 years or older
  4. Would like to sit in a designated class as a silent observer

Lifelong Learners may not concurrently enroll in courses for credit. Audited courses may not be repeated for credit.

Application Materials

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Online applications can be processed more efficiently.

  1. Completed Online Application form.
  2. $80.00 nonrefundable application fee (U.S. currency).
  3. Proof of age. Applicants must submit a photocopy of appropriate documentation of age (driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, birth certificate, or Medicare card).

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

Lifelong Learners Program Tuition $750.00 per course


This listing is intended to summarize possible charges that could be incurred against a student’s account. Certain charges depend upon specific circumstances, as noted. Fees that are not billed to the student account, such as application fees or placement test fees, may be required but are not listed here.

University Facilities Fee*
Full-time students (Fall & Spring) $484.00 per term
Full-time students (Summer 2015) $448.00 flat rate
Part-time students (Fall & Spring) $273.00 per term
Part-time students (Summer 2015) $237.00 flat rate
Document Fee $105.00 one-time fee for all new students
Withdrawal Fee
Required of any student who drops all courses for which he or she has registered.
$75.00 per term
Course-Related Fees
Please refer to the individual course description to see if any fees apply.
Late Registration Fees $50.00 during late registration period
$100.00 after late registration period
Expanded CUIT Account Fee (optional)
Entitles students to extended CUIT computer lab privileges.
$35.00 per term