2020-2021 graduate tuition
||Cost per credit hour
|Standard partnership rate
|**Course extension tuition
*Tuition price is for service members currently serving in the military: active duty, guard, reserve and AGR. Columbia College provides a military grant to cover the cost of books.
**Course extension tuition applies to EDUC 508E and EDUC 608E Integrative Project and culminating experience in the Master of Arts in Teaching.
3rd party charges
|CLEP & DSST administration charge
If applicable, an NSF Bank charge of $25 and/or a late payment charge of $29 may apply to your account.
Students enrolled as graduate students pay graduate tuition for courses receiving graduate credit, and undergraduate tuition for courses receiving undergraduate credit. Charges vary depending on the combination of graduate and undergraduate courses.
If you are an international student, please look at tuition and scholarships for additional international expense information.
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 (see below).
Timely payment of tuition is required to continue your attendance at the College. If unforeseen circumstances occur that preclude you from paying in a timely fashion, please contact the Enrollment Service Center office.
We honor Employer Tuition Assistance, Military Tuition Assistance (MTA) and V.A. Vocational Rehabilitation. We also encourage students to apply for financial assistance. For more information please visit the Financial Assistance page.
Outstanding balance from a previous session
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
- Obtain their diploma
Deferred payment plan
If a student needs to pay educational expenses in installments, a deferred payment plan may be arranged. Due dates and more detailed information for payment plans are available upon registration. Any payment not made by the due date is subject to a late payment charge. All students not paying in full upon registration are required to sign a deferred payment contract through epayment.
Half the cost details — Tuition for Columbia College online undergraduate courses is $375 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year. Based on a completion of 30 credit hours in an academic year, the annual cost would be $11,250. This is about half the cost or less than the national average private nonprofit tuition and fees rate. National average tuition and fees for public, private nonprofit and for-profit colleges and universities is published in the CollegeBoard Trends in College Pricing 2018 report.