Funding Your Education

The Columbia Artificial Intelligence executive certificate program is a serious investment. Fortunately, there are a variety of financing options to explore as you consider the next step in your education. As a learner, you will have the option to pay in full for each term or — depending on the number of courses you take each term — utilize an alternative funding source, such as the ones listed below.

Payment Plans

If you prefer to finance your program over a series of months, consider enrolling in a payment plan. A payment plan enables you to pay each term bill in two to three even installments instead of in a single lump sum. Payment plans require a one-time enrollment fee of $25-45.

Contact your enrollment advisor to learn more about whether a payment plan is right for you. Your eligibility may depend on factors such as enrollment timing, course load, and residential finance cycles. 

Other Funding Sources


In some cases, employers — or other third parties, such as government agencies or education foundations — offer support or direct funding to those looking to advance their education. If you’re seeking employer sponsorship:

Contact your HR department. 

Ask about your organization’s policy on continuing education. Find out whether other employees have previously received company sponsorship. 

Create a proposal.

Write a proposal detailing the investment and time commitment required. It may also be helpful to include a comparison of the programs you’re considering.

Frame your request

Make the benefits clear. Let your employer know that this program is not just a cost, but an investment that adds value to the company.

Share the program website.

Encourage your manager and other decision makers to independently review the program information as they consider your request.

Private loans

As learners in this program are not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid, some utilize private loans. Also known as alternative education loans, private loans do not require any federal paperwork. Here are a few resources to help you get started: 


The online Columbia Artificial Intelligence (AI) executive certificate program offers a scholarship of up to $4,000 to learners who are accepted and enrolled into the upcoming cohort. Contact your enrollment advisor for more information.

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Need help determining which resources may be right for you? Connect with an enrollment advisor or explore program fees and financial aid FAQs.

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