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Tuition and Fees 2016-2017

Undergraduate Tuition

Full-time Students, per Semester

(including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large)

Enrolled 12-16 credit hours $12,295.00
Annual Tuition $24,590.00
Each additional credit hour over 16 hours    $622.00

Part-Time Students, per Semester

(including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large)

Enrolled 1-11 credit hours, each credit hour $849.00

Summer Session

(including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large)

All credit hours each


New Summer Online Courses

Five new online courses will be offered for Summer 2017 at a reduced tuition rate of $1,500 for each online course.  Students may register for the courses in OASIS. The discounted tuition applies ONLY to the specific sections of the courses below.

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Graduate Tuition

More About Our Graduate Programs


Cost per Credit Hour

Master of Arts Management (MAM), Cinema Directing (MFA), Creative Producing (MFA) $1,158.00

Interdisciplinary Arts (MA), Interdisciplinary Arts & Media (MFA), Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts (MFA), Journalism (MA), Photography (MFA), Music Composition for the Screen (MFA), European devised Performance Practice (MFA)


Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling (MA), Art Education (MAT), Elementary Education (MAT), Creative Writing – Fiction (MFA), Creative Writing – Poetry (MFA), Creative Writing – Nonfiction (MFA)


Graduate Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling (Alt Route), Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis, Certificate in Movement Pattern Analysis

Registration Fee, per Semester*

Registration and Related Fees

Application Fee*

Undergraduate Students $35.00
Graduate Students $55.00
International $100.00

Graduation Fee*

Undergraduate Students $175.00
Graduate Students $150.00

Orientation Fee*

(First Semester Only/Undergraduate) $125.00
First Semester Only/International Students $175.00

Health Center Fee, PER SEMESTER*

Full Time Students $70.00
Part Time Students $45.00

Registration Fee, per Semester*

The Registration Fee is charged TO students enrolled in summer semester internships earning 0 credit hours.

All Students $50.00

Student Activity Fee, per Semester*

Full-Time Students **$120.00
Part-Time Students **$60.00


Full-Time Students Only****


U-Pass Replacement Fee  


Semester in L.A. Fee

All students enrolled in Semester in L.A. program

*Non-refundable fees

**Requires vote of Student Government Association

***CTA will have final determination of rate

**** Undergraduate and Graduate full-time students and Graduate students enrolled in an eligible thesis course. Part-time students are ineligible for the Ventra UPASS.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Refund Policy

Columbia College Chicago refunds 100% of all tuition and fees through the published deadlines below. After the published dates below, full tuition and fees are charged. Students are charged 100% of tuition and fees for any coursework from which they drop/withdraw after the published dates.


Course Length in Calendar Weeks Last day to drop for 100% refund in calendar days
14-15 weeks Start of class + 13 days (end of week 2 of standard term)
12-13 weeks Start of class + 10 days
10-11 weeks Start of class + 8 days
8-9 weeks Start of class + 7 days
6-7 weeks Start of class + 5 days
4-5 weeks Start of class + 3 days
2-3 weeks (includes A term) Start of class + 1 day
1 week or less Must drop class prior to class start date
Sub-Session G: 1 week class Must drop class prior to class start date

Students who withdraw from all courses and were awarded Title IV aid (federal financial aid) will have their aid award prorated based on their last date of attendance. Award adjustments may result in a student account balance. For more information on academic impacts to financial aid click here.