Undergraduate tuition Your college degree at one low cost

Paying for college is an investment in yourself and your future. Columbia College makes earning an associate or bachelor’s degree affordable with tuition that is half the national average of private non-profit colleges.

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Main Campus Fixed rate tuition

The tuition rate charged your first full-time academic year at the college will remain locked for five consecutive years. It’s called Fixed-Rate Tuition, and it allows you to budget with confidence.

Your tuition won't go up for 5 years

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No recreation fees

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CC Global Truition®

With Truition®, you pay no fees, and we provide books at no cost to you so you can budget without any surprises. Truition® benefits will be available to Main Campus students in Fall 2021.

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Truition for Main Campus students coming Fall 2021.


Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 tuition rates for new students

Paying for college is an investment in yourself and your future. Columbia College makes earning an associate or bachelor’s degree affordable with tuition that is half the national average of private non-profit colleges. And with Truition®, you pay no fees, and we provide books at no cost to you so you can budget without any surprises.

You are viewing rates for all undergraduate programs and certificates that you can earn online or in-seat at any of our nationwide locations, including our evening program in Columbia and virtual.

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Online and in-seat courses Cost per credit hour ($)
Standard undergraduate rate 375
Standard partnership discount 318.75 (15% tuition discount off standard undergraduate rate)
Audit tuition 250
Military-affiliated benefit rates/discounts Cost per credit hour ($)
Currently serving[1]military member 250[4]
Spouse/dependent[2] of currently serving military member 250
CC-affiliated installation[3]employee 250
Spouse/dependent[2] of CC-affiliated installation employee 318.75 (15% tuition discount off standard undergraduate rate)
 Veteran  375 unless eligible for a separate rate/discount

1 Currently serving: A member of the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force) that is currently serving whether on Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve status. Members of the Guard and Reserve must be drilling members or on active duty. Service members that are in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) are not considered as currently serving for purposes of the Military-Affiliated Benefit.

2 Dependents must be under the age of 25 prior to the first day of the semester to be eligible to receive the dependent benefit.

3 Installation employees, their spouses and dependents of these installations are eligible for the new Military-Affiliated Benefit.

4 Columbia College provides a military grant to cover the cost of books.

These rates apply to students who are enrolled full-time (for the first time) as Columbia College students in the Fall semester 2021 and/or Spring semester 2022.

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Summer 2021 tuition
Degree level Cost per credit hour ($)
Undergraduate 375
Full-time tuition (12 - 18 credit hours)
Semester Tuition ($)
Fall 2021 12,160
Spring 2022 12,160
Total for 2021-2022 24,320
Over- or part-time tuition fees
Number of credit hours Tuition ($ per credit hour)
1-6.0 (part time) 504.00
6.1 - 11.9 (part time) 736.00
Over 18 (overload fee) 504.00

Residential fees

These rates apply to students living on campus for the Fall semester 2021 and/or Spring semester 2022.

2021-2022 Residential Life costs
Residential Hall Cost per semester ($)
Banks double room 2,550
Miller double room 2,650
Hughes double room 2,650
Hughes Haven 2,800
New Residence Hall 2,950
Cougar Village 3,050
All day dining
Meal plan Cost per semester ($) Cougar Bucks ($)[2]
Platinum 1,800 250
Gold 1,750 150
Silver 1,700 50
Commuter and Cougar Village only 1,300

2 Cougar Bucks are a dollar equivalence only accepted at Columbia College dining facilities. Cougar Bucks offer Columbia College students a convenient method of paying for goods and services. Cougar Bucks do not rollover from semester to semester, so be sure to use them all up before the semester ends.

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Other fees

Lab/ field experience fees (per course)
Type Fee ($)
Art courses 30.00
Education courses 30.00
BSN Program fee:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will pay an additional $500 Nursing Program fee in each of the first four semesters of the program ($2,000 total).
Science courses 30.00
Technology courses 30.00
Type Fee ($)
Annual permit for 2021-2022 40.00
January to July for 2021-2022 35.00
May to July for 2021-2022 30.00
Application fees
Type Fee ($)
Insurance: mandatory for International Students (per year) approx. $1,200

Potential 3rd party charges

Description Cost
CLEP & DSST administration charge $25
Transcript $10

If applicable, an NSF Bank charge of $25 and/or a late payment charge of $29 may apply to your account.


Upon registration, all students are required to pay the entire balance of their accounts (after financial aid awards are considered) or enroll in a deferred payment plan . A late registration fee is charged to all students registering on or after the first day of classes.

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.

Columbia College offers several options for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

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

Each semester's charges 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 main campus students withdraw or take a leave of absence from Columbia College, they may be eligible for a tuition adjustment.

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. Read the Deferred Payment Policy.

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 are published in the CollegeBoard Trends in College Pricing 2018 report .