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Fixed Rate Tuition - What is 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. From the fall of 2012, the tuition rate charged for your first academic year at the college will remain fixed for five consecutive years.

Rate for New Student

These rates apply to any student that did NOT attend Columbia College full-time during at least one semester in the 2011-12 academic year (August 2011 to May 2012).

Tuition
  Full-Time (12 - 18 credit hours)
  Fall, 2012 semester $8,975.00
  Spring, 2013 semester $8,975.00
  Total for 2012-2013 $17,950.00
  Part time (1 – 6.0 credit hours), per credit hour $386.00
  Part time (6.1 – 11.9 credit hours), per credit hour $562.00
  Overload fee (per credit hour over 18 hours) $386.00
  Summer school tuition (per credit hour) $205

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Rate for Returning Student

These rates apply to students who were enrolled full-time as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2011 and/or Spring semester 2012.

Tuition
  Full-Time (12 - 18 credit hours)
  Fall, 2012 semester $8,514.00
  Spring, 2013 semester $8,514.00
  Total for 2012-2013 $17,028.00
  Part time (1 – 6.0 credit hours), per credit hour $386.00
  Part time (6.1 – 11.9 credit hours), per credit hour $562.00
  Overload fee (per credit hour over 18 hours) $386.00
  Summer school tuition (per credit hour) $205

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Residential Life Costs & Other Fees

Residential Life Costs (per semester)
  Double room $1,946.00
  Hughes Haven $2,046.00
  Cougar Village $2,196.00
  Single room charge (additional fee) $500.00
  Board - 20 meal $1,181.00
  Board - 14 meal $1,114.00

Other Fees
Audit Tuition (per semester hour)$90.00
Late Registration Fee$35.00

Lab/ Field Experience Fees (per course)
  Art Courses$30.00
  Science Courses $30.00
  Technology Courses$30.00
  Education Courses$30.00

Parking
  Annual permit-resident student$65.00
  Annual permit-commuter student$40.00
  January to July$35.00
  May to July$30.00

Graduation Fees
  Undergraduate$75.00
  Graduate$120.00

Transcript Fees
$7.50

Application Fees
  Undergraduate$35.00
  Graduate$55.00
Insurance
mandatory for International Students (per year)
approx. $1,200

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Payment

Upon registration, all students are required to pay the entire balance of their accounts (after financial aid awards are considered) by either full payment or through the deferred payment plan. A $35 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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