Cost of attendance

Cost of attendance (COA) is the estimated cost of a student’s educational expenses for a period of enrollment. The estimate is used to determine financial aid. It generally includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and transportation costs.

The amounts listed on this page are intended to help you plan your budget, however your actual expenses will vary depending on your circumstances. The amounts are based on a student being enrolled full time during each semester of the academic year. For Columbia College undergraduate students, this is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. For graduate students, the minimum is 6 credit hours per semester.

Direct Costs
Direct costs are paid directly to the College, which include tuition, fees and any institutional charges. Room and Board are direct costs for students living in on-campus housing.
Indirect Costs
Indirect costs are not directly owed to the College, which include books, supplies, travel and miscellaneous personal expenses. These costs are an estimate and will vary depending on a student's individual circumstances.
Tuition and fees
The estimated average cost of tuition and fees based on full-time enrollment for a typical student.
Room and board
The estimated cost to live on or off campus.
Books and supplies
The estimated cost of books and supplies for a typical student.
Transportation and personal expenses
The estimated cost of transportation, personal and other miscellaneous expenses a typical student has over a specific enrollment period.

Use our Net Price Calculators to calculate an estimate of your college costs.


2020-2021 costs

Undergraduate students are categorized in two ways:

  • Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree online or at a venue nationwide, including evening classes in Columbia, MO
  • Students earning an associate or bachelor’s degree on our traditional campus in Columbia, MO

Online, nationwide, evening full-time undergraduate students

The cost of attendance for students taking classes online or at a venue nationwide will vary greatly depending on your circumstances. The following housing, transportation and personal expense amounts are estimates and are not intended to represent your actual budget.

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for CC Global undergraduate students

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 4,352 8,704 13,056
Transportation 1,424
2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592
5,184 7,776
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 12,680 25,360 38,040

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for CC Global military undergraduate students

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 1,136
2,272 3,408
Transportation 1,424
2,848
4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 9,464 18,928 28,392

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for CC Global undergraduate students living with parents

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,056 8,112 12,168
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 1,424
2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,328
16,656
24,984

Traditional full-time undergraduate students

The cost of attendance for traditional students taking classes at our Columbia campus will vary depending on whether they live on campus. The following amounts include current housing and meal plan rates plus estimates of transportation and personal expenses. They are not intended to represent what you will actually pay.

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living on campus.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living on campus

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 616 1,238 1,478
Room 2,550 5,100 12,752
Board 1,750
3,400 0
Transportation 960
1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,367 38,634 51,598

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living off campus.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living off campus

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 619 1,238 1,478
Room & board 4,300
8,500 12,752
Transportation 960
1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,367
38,634 51,598

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living with parents.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living with parents
   1 semester  2 semesters  3 semesters
Tuition 12,160 24,320 28,760
Books 619 1,238 1,478
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 960
1,920 3,344
Personal 1,312 2,624 5,216
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 15,067 30,134 38,846

Graduate students

Graduate students include anyone pursuing a master’s degree online or in seat at any of our locations.

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for graduate students
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 4,352 8,704 13,056
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,242
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan fees 48 96 144
Cost of attendance 13,060 26,120 39,180

Military students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for military graduate students
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 1,136 2,272 3,408
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan fees 48 96 144
Cost of Attendance 9,844 19,688297,532

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat while living with parents.

2020-2021 cost of attendance for graduate students living with parents

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,524 9,048 13,572
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 0 0 0
Transportation 1,424 2,848 4,272
Personal 2,592 5,184 7,776
Loan fees 48 96 144
Cost of Attendance 8,708 17,416 26,124

2021-2022 costs

Traditional full-time undergraduate students

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living on campus.

2019-2020 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living on campus

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 636
1,272
1,152
Room 2,450 4,900 12,592
Board 1,750
3,500 0
Transportation 912
1,824 3,200
Personal 1,264 1,824 5,024
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 18,777 37,554 49,930

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living off campus.

2019-2020 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living off campus

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 636 1,272 1,512
Room & board 4,192 8,384 12,576
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 1,872 3,744 6,240
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 19,841 39,682 52,058

Students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester during the day in Columbia, MO, while living with parents.

2019-2020 cost of attendance for full-time traditional undergraduate students living with parents
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 11,749 23,498 27,554
Books 636 1,272 1,512
Room & board 4,192 8,384 12,576
Transportation 1,376 2,752 4,128
Personal 1,872 3,744 6,240
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of attendance 14,432 28,864 37,696

Online, nationwide, evening full-time undergraduate students

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for CC Global undergraduate students
1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,416 8,832 13,248
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 4,768 9,536 14,304
Transportation 976
1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 4,992 7,488
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 13,600 27,200 40,800

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for CC Global military undergraduate students

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,416 8,832 13,248
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 1,376
2,752 4,128
Transportation 976
1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 6,368 9,552
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 10,208 20,416 30,624

Students who live with their parents taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for CC Global undergraduate students living with parents
1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,416 8,832 13,248
Books 240 480 720
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 976
1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 6,368 9,552
Loan fees 16 32 48
Cost of Attendance 8,832
17,664
26,496

Graduate students

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for graduate students

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,908 9,816 14,724
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 4,768 9,536 14,304
Transportation 976
1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 6,368 9,552
Loan fees 48
96
144
Cost of Attendance 14,004 28,008 42,012

Military students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester online, at a nationwide location or in the evening in Columbia, MO.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for military graduate students
  1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,908 9,816 14,724
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 1,376 2,752 4,128
Transportation 976
1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 6,368 9,552
Loan fees 48
96
144
Cost of Attendance 10,612 21,224 31,836

Graduate students taking at least 6 credit hours per semester online or in seat while living with parents.

2021-2022 cost of attendance for graduate students living with parents

1 semester 2 semesters 3 semesters
Tuition 4,908 9,816 14,724
Books 120 240 360
Room & board 0
0 0
Transportation 976 1,952 2,928
Personal 3,184 6,368 9,552
Loan fees 48
96
144
Cost of Attendance 9,236 18,472 27,708

Why is the cost of attendance different for military students?

Effective July 1, 2010, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) implemented a change that affects military students. Specifically, the HEOA, section 471 HEA Section 472(3) states:

The HEOA specifies that, for students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance under Title 37 of the U.S.C - Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, the room and board allowance shall include an allowance based on the expenses reasonably incurred for board only.

Because the housing allowance is not required to be reported on the FAFSA, the housing allowance must be excluded as part of the cost of attendance. (The cost of attendance is an estimate of a student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment). All monies awarded (to include loans, grants, scholarships and military tuition assistance) cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance for a session. Effectively, the removal of your BAH lowers a student's cost of attendance figure.