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What is TruitionSM?

Truth + Tuition = TruitionSM is Columbia College’s pledge to be up front and truthful about the cost of college, so you can plan your degree with no surprise expenses.

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No fees.

Freedom from fees Zero fees, one cost, is it too good to be true? Not at Columbia College where we eliminated fees so you can be fee-less, too.

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No book costs.

We provide the books Pricey textbooks can break your budget. With TruitionSM, we provide the books so you save thousands as you work toward your degree.

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No surprises.

Think big, start now. With no surprises, no fees, no book costs and great tuition prices — this is the perfect time to take the next step and start or finish your degree.

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From application to degree, one comprehensive price. No fees. Books included. Apply now and take the first step.

Classes begin soon, but the time to act is now. Apply for admission and take the first step toward your degree.

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Undergraduateper credit hour


Graduateper credit hour


Military Undergraduate*per credit hour


Military Graduateper credit hour

Above rates apply to nationwide locations and online venues.
The per credit hour tuition rate for Columbia College Imperial is $325
Tuition benefits for residential campus.

Dare to compare

We take pride in offering a quality education at a fair price. Do the research and discover why students choose Columbia College to earn their degree.

Other Fees
School/University Total Tuition and Books
per course
Books Provided Variable One-Time
Columbia College $1,125 $0 $0
Pennsylvania State University World Campus $1,745 $252
per semester
Purdue University Global $1,670 $295
per term
Arizona State University $1,640 $99
per semester
Strayer University $1,617 $65
per term
Maryville University $1,580 $350
per semester

Ashford University $1,540 $95
per course
University of Maryland University College $1,497 $15
per credit hour
Grand Canyon University $1,495 $0

American InterContinental University $1,463 $175
per term
Colorado Technical University $1,463 $125
per term
Oregon State University Ecampus $1,417 $0

University of Phoenix $1,364 $0


Comparing costs associated with attending college is difficult, even for us.
See the details behind this chart.

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Military friendly

Direct, honest, transparent Exceptional transfer credit for military training. Affordable tuition. No fees. No book costs. Flexible, portable education.

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Six sessions

Eight-week sessions Start or finish your degree at any of our six start dates. Eight-week course format so you can earn your degree at your pace.

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Transfer students

Transfer up to 90 hours We accept qualifying transfer credit up to 90 hours. Credit opportunity for military, CLEP, AP, DSST exams, professional training.

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TruitionSM prices are established exclusively for undergraduate and graduate students taking classes online or at one of our adult higher education venues across the nation. Other exclusive programs are in place for students taking classes at our residential campus in Columbia, Missouri.

*Tuition price per credit hour 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.

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