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Making Education Affordable

Tuition That Empowers You

We believe in providing our students with the tools they need to succeed, without the added burden of unexpected expenses. That's why we've implemented a transparent and predictable tuition model that includes everything you need – from textbooks to lab fees, athletics, tutoring and more.

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$ 375

per credit hour for online & evening undergraduate

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$ 490

per credit hour for graduate

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$ 12403

per semester for full-time undergraduate on residential campus

Military Affiliated Benefit

Our Military-Affiliated Benefit program honors the service of military personnel and their families by offering tuition discount and other benefits.

Current military members, spouses, dependents and installation employees Spouses and dependents of installation employees

$250 per undergraduate credit hour

$325 per graduate credit hour

15% off standard rate


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Nursing Tuition

Investing in your college education is investing in your future, and Columbia College provides top-notch, forward-thinking nursing programs at both associate and bachelor's degree levels. With the flexibility to study online or on-campus in Columbia, MO, or at the Lake of the Ozarks location, we provide diverse opportunities to advance your nursing career.

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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. 

Institution Total Tuition and Books per Course Books Provided Other Fees
Variable One-time
Columbia College $1,125.00 Yes - -
Missouri Online $1,045.40 No $15.70 per credit hour $384.10
ASU Online $1,694.00 No $120.00 $78.00
American Public University System $855.00 Yes $65.00 per course $100.00
University of Maryland Global Campus $1,497.00 Yes $15.00 per credit hour $100.00
Western Governors University $3,964.00 No $150.00 per term $65.00
University of Phoenix $1,364.00 No - -
Southern New Hampshire University $1,260.00 No $102.00 $150.00
Purdue University $1,669.50 Yes $345.00 per term -
Maryville University $1,500.00 No $400.00 per semester -

Your Path to Affordable Education

When it comes to paying for college, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Explore your options and find the assistance you need to pursue your academic goals.

The Support You Need

Center for Student Success

Our Student Success Coaches can provide individualized support, tailored to your unique needs and aspirations. Your journey, your goals, your success - they're our top priority.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Whether you're curious about scholarship criteria, loan prerequisites, or our Military Affiliated Benefits, our team stands ready to empower you with guidance and direction.

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Our admissions process is designed to be straightforward and supportive, ensuring you can focus on what really matters; your future. We're just one call or email away.

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Paving Your Path to Success

Whether you're aiming for academic heights, seeking to make a difference through service, or striving to break barriers with your unique background, Columbia College is here to support your journey.

I didn’t think that college would ever be something that would be an opportunity for me but Columbia College empowered me to work full-time during the day, take care of my son in the evening, and do online classes at night and while he napped on the weekends. I am thankful that I have been able to use my journey – my experiences – and my education from Columbia College to advocate for other single mothers to pursue higher education.

Macie Peterman ’14

Columbia, Missouri

One of the reasons why we chose Columbia College was because it was a set cost. The books were provided in the cost and that way we knew how much to pay each time around. It made the most sense for us. We have a tight budget and the scholarship was a huge blessing that I didn’t expect to receive. I was on the grind and trying to claw my way out of poverty. I needed the generosity of others to help lift me up.

Michael Vogt

The Hulett Family Criminal Justice Graduate Study Scholarship - 2021 Recipient

As a single mother working two jobs, Columbia College has helped me by allowing me to take six courses a semester while juggling life, work, and school. The amazing staff and instructors are so nice and understanding. They know exactly how hard you must work to accomplish your goals, and they are with you the whole way.

Ashley Sanders

Seymour, Missouri

Columbia College is one of the best things that has happened to me. I have met my best friends here and I have grown as a person. I have been able to become a member of TRiO, a first-year mentor, a student ambassador, a study abroad ambassador, TEACH Club president, and maintain a flexible job because of Columbia College. I am/will be forever grateful for Columbia College!

Sky Fischer

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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.