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2013 - 2014 Attendance Budget

The academic year budget or, cost of attendance, for 2013-2014 includes direct expenses, or actual costs, for which Columbia College Chicago will bill you, such as tuition, registration and related fees (individual class fees will vary), and room and board (if you live on campus). Also included in this budget are estimated costs for indirect expenses, such as books, supplies, personal expenses, travel, and off-campus rent and food associated with attending Columbia College.  Dollar amounts other than tuition and fees are based upon a combination of federal regulations and cost surveys.

We use a standard budget for financial aid purposes to ensure equitable distribution of resources. Some students will spend more than our estimates, and others will spend less. The budget also serves as a ceiling for borrowing. Students and families may not borrow or receive funds in excess of their academic year budget. In determining how much you may borrow in a private loan, please subtract any other financial aid/loans that are already included in your award notification package.

Use the Budgets below as a starting point in determining the estimated costs for your intended enrollment and housing choices.  Personalize your chosen budget by reviewing each cost and comparing it in a realistic fashion to your particular circumstance.  Once you enroll, you will be assigned a budget based on your actual enrollment and housing status.  Changes to your enrollment or housing status will result in an adjustment to your budget and subsequently the maximum amount of financial aid you and your family may utilize.

Undergraduate Student Academic Year Budgets

Undergraduate Commuter

Enrollment Status Fall/Spring
12 Hours
Fall/Spring
6 hours
Summer
6 hours
Tuition and Fees $23,372 $11,316 $4,594
Books and Supplies $1,690 $846 $423
Room and Board $2,790 $1,396 $698
Personal Expenses $2,854 $1,426 $713
Transportation $888 $444 $222
Loan Fees $78  $78 $39 
Total: $31,672 $15,506 $6,689

Undergraduate On-Campus

Enrollment Status Fall/Spring
12 hours
Fall/Spring
6 hours
Summer
6 hours
Tuition and Fees $23,372 n/a $4,594
Books and Supplies $1,690 n/a $423
Room and Board $12,375 n/a $3,094
Personal Expenses $2,854 n/a $713
Transportation $888 n/a $222
Loan Fees $78 n/a $39
Total: $41,257 n/a $9,085

Undergraduate Off-Campus

Enrollment Status Fall/Spring
12 hours
Fall/Spring
6 hours
Summer
6 hours
Tuition and Fees $23,372 $11,316 $4,594
Books and Supplies $1,690 $846 $423
Room and Board $12,375 $6,188 $3,094
Personal Expenses $2,854 $1,426 $713
Transportation $888 $444 $222
Loan Fees $78 $78 $39
Total: $41,257 $20,298 $9,085

 Graduate Student Academic Year Budgets

Enrollment Status Fall/Spring
9 hours
Fall/Spring
6 hours
Summer
8 hours
thesis
2 hours
Tuition and Fees* $20,140 $12,024 $7,966 $2,104
Books and Supplies $1,690 $846 $423 $423
Room and Board $12,375 $6,188 $3,094 $6,188
Personal Expenses $2,854 $1,426 $713 $713
Transportation $888 $444 $222 $222
Loan Fees $192 $192 $96 $96

Total:

$38,139 $21,120 $12,514 $9,746