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Fixed rate tuition

Plan your college finances with confidence

Making financial plans for college isn't always easy. Many colleges increase their tuition every year, sometimes drastically and unexpectedly. This can have a serious effect on your financial situation and your ability to pay for your education.

At Columbia College, we believe that you should be able to plan your finances with confidence. That's why we've removed the uncertainty over tuition increases by introducing our fixed rate tuition program. The tuition rate charged your first academic year at the college will remain fixed for five consecutive years.

2019/2020 tuition rate for new students

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2019 and/or Spring semester 2020.

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Semester Tuition ($)
Fall, 2019 11,749.00
Spring, 2020 11,749.00
Total for 2019-2020 23,498.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $504.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $736.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $504.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

Residential fees

These rates apply to students living on campus for the Fall semester 2019 and/or Spring semester 2020.

2019-2020 Residential Life costs
Residential Hall Cost per semester ($)
Banks double room 2,450
Miller double room 2,550
Hughes double room 2,550
Hughes Haven 2,650
New Residence Hall 2,750
Cougar Village 2,850

All day dining
Meal plan Cost per semester ($) Cougar Bucks ($)* Guest passes
Platinum 1,750 250 8
Gold 1,700 150 6
Silver 1,650 50 3
Commuter and Cougar Village only 1,300 50 3


*Cougar Bucks are a dollar equivalence only accepted at Columbia College dining facilities. Cougar Bucks offer Columbia College students a convenient method of paying for goods and services. Cougar Bucks do not rollover from semester to semester, so be sure to use them all up before the semester ends.

2018/2019 tuition rate for new student

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2018 and/or Spring semester 2019.

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Fall, 2018 semester $11,352.00
Spring, 2019 semester $11,352.00
Total for 2018-2019 $22,704.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $487.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $710.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $487.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

Residential fees

These rates apply to students living on campus for the Fall semester 2018 and/or Spring semester 2019.

2018-2019 Residential Life costs (per semester)
Double room $2,337.00
Hughes Haven $2,454.00
Cougar Village $2,629.00
Single room charge (additional fee) $750.00
All day dining
$1,567.00

2017/2018 tuition rate for new and returning student

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2017 and/or Spring semester 2018.

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Fall, 2017 semester $10,968.00
Spring, 2018 semester $10,968.00
Total for 2017-2018 $21,936.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $471.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $686.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $471.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

Residential fees

These rates apply to students living on campus for the Fall semester 2017 and/or Spring semester 2018.

2017-2018 Residential Life costs (per semester)
Double room $2,159.00
Hughes Haven $2,266.00
Cougar Village $2,427.50
Single room charge (additional fee) $750.00
All day dining
$1,388.00

2016/2017 tuition rate for returning student

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2016 and/or Spring semester 2017.

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Fall, 2016 semester $10,468.00
Spring, 2017 semester $10,468.00
Total for 2016-2017 $20,936.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $471.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $686.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $471.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2015 and/or Spring semester 2016.

2015/2016 tuition rate for returning student

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Fall, 2015 semester $10,468.00
Spring, 2016 semester $10,468.00
Total for 2015-2016 $20,936.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $471.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $686.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $471.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

2014/2015 tuition rate for returning student

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2014 and/or Spring semester 2015.

Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Fall, 2014 semester $10,468.00
Spring, 2015 semester $10,468.00
Total for 2014-2015 $20,936.00

Part time (1-6.0 credit hour): $471.00 per credit hour

Part time (6.1-11.9credit hours): $686.00 per credit hour

Overload fee: $471.00 per credit hour over 18 hours

Other fees

Audit tuition (per semester hour) $250.00*
Late payment fee $29.00
Lab/ field experience fees (per course)
Art courses $30.00*
Education courses $30.00*
BSN Program fee:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will pay an additional $500 Nursing Program fee in each of the first four semesters of the program ($2,000 total).
$2000.00
Science courses $30.00*
Technology courses $30.00*
Parking
Annual permit- residential student
(students living on campus)
$65.00*
Annual permit-commuter student
(students living off-campus)
$40.00*
January to July $35.00*
May to July $30.00*
Graduation fees
Undergraduate $75.00*
Graduate $120.00*
Transcript fees $10
Application fees
Insurance: mandatory for International Students (per year) approx. $1,200

* Actual fees will be determined by April 1, 2019

Payment

Upon registration, all students are required to pay the entire balance of their accounts (after financial aid awards are considered). Either make a full payment or set up a deferred payment plan. A late registration fee is charged to all students registering on or after the first day of classes.

Columbia College offers several options for financial aid and scholarships. Visit the Financial Aid Web site for more information.

Outstanding balance from a previous semester

Until the balance is paid, the student will not be allowed to:

  • Register for any subsequent semester.
  • Obtain a transcript of academic work.
  • Apply for a residence hall room.

Fees are reviewed and are subject to change annually.

Each semester's fees are due in full at the time of registration. Arrangements may be made to use a deferred payment plan.

For more in-depth information about tuition and fees, read the Tuition and Fees section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Leave of absence

If students withdraw or take a leave of absence from Columbia College, they may be eligible for a tuition adjustment.

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