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.
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 Center for Student Success office.
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 report.