2018-19 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

A student's cost of attendance is always based on the student’s financial aid enrollment status and is constructed to allow the student a reasonable cost of living based on the amount of time a student will spend attending classes or completing academic activities. For a list of Columbia's direct costs, please review the tuition and fees page.

Note: because Columbia does not charge students a mandatory health insurance fee, the college is unable to include an allowance for health insurance costs as part of the standard cost of attendance construction.

Here is an estimated budget for students attending Columbia full-time during the 2018-19 academic year.

Undergraduate cost of attendance, full time, per semester (fall/spring)*
Tuition  $13,045
Estimated Fees $754
Books and Supplies  $800
Miscellaneous

An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs.

$1,003
Transportation  $425
Loan Fees  $40
Subtotal $16,067
Room and board for students living with parents  $1,487
Total for students living with parents $17,554
Room and board for students living without their parents  $7,006
Total for students living without their parents $23,073

*Costs are per semester. These numbers show tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students, including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large. 

For students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours (for fall/spring semesters), please keep reading to review estimated budgets.

Please note: Costs are per semester. 

  • Three-quarters time (9-11 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 9-11 credit hours (fall/spring)*
    Tuition and Estimated Fees $10,352
    Books and Supplies $600
    Miscellaneous

    An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs; prorated for any enrollment status less than Full-Time.

    $752
    Transportation $319
    Loan Fees $40
    Subtotal $12,063
    Room and board for students living with parents $1,115
    Total for students living with parents $13,178
    Room and board for students living without their parents $5,254
    Total for students living without their parents $17,317

     

  • Half-time (6-8 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 6-8 credit hours (fall/spring)*
    Tuition and Fees $7,652
    Books and Supplies $400
    Miscellaneous

    An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs; prorated for any enrollment status less than Full-Time.

    $502
    Transportation $213
    Loan Fees $40
    Subtotal $8,807
    Room and board for students living with parents $744
    Total for students living with parents $9,551
    Room and board for students living without their parents $3,503
    Total for students livingwithout their parents $12,310
  • Less-than half-time (5 credits or less)
    Undergraduate students registered for less than 5 credit hours (fall/spring)*
    Tuition and Fees $4,802
    Books and Supplies $200
    Miscellaneous

    Students at less-than half-time are ineligible for a miscellaneous allowance per federal regulations.

    $0
    Transportation $106
    Loan Fees $0
    Subtotal $5,108
    Room and board for students living with parents $372
    Total for students living with parents $5,480
    Room and board for students living without their parents $1,751
    Total for students living without their parents $6,859

For students attending Columbia full-time during the 2018-19 summer semester, please review the estimated budget.

Undergraduate cost of attendance, summer session**
Tuition and Fees $9,274
Books and Supplies $800
Miscellaneous

An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs.

$669
Transportation $283
Loan Fees $26
Subtotal $11,052
Room and board for students living with parents $992
Total for students living with parents $12,044
Room and board for students living without their parents $4,635
Total for students living without their parents $15,687

**Tuition costs are per credit hour. The costs above reflect 12 credit hours. Each additional credit hour is $721.

For students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours (for summer semesters), please keep reading to review estimated budgets.

  • Three-quarters time (9-11 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 9-11 credit hours (summer)
    Tuition and Fees $8,317
    Books and Supplies $600
    Miscellaneous

    An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs; prorated for any enrollment status less than Full-Time.

    $502
    Transportation $212
    Loan Fees $26
    Subtotal $9,657
    Room and board for students living with parents $744
    Total for students living with parents $10,401
    Room and board for students living without their parents $3,476
    Total for students living without their parents $13,133
  • Half-time (6-8 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 6-8 credit hours (summer)
    Tuition and Fees $6,154
    Books and Supplies $400
    Miscellaneous

    An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs; prorated for any enrollment status less than Full-Time.

    $335
    Transportation $142
    Loan Fees $26
    Subtotal $7,057
    Room and board for students living with parents $496
    Total for students living with parents $7,553
    Room and board for students without their parents $2,317
    Total for students living without parents $9,374
  • Less-than half-time (5 credits or less)
    Undergraduate students registered for less than 5 credit hours (summer)
    Tuition and Fees $3,841
    Books and Supplies $200
    Miscellaneous

    Students at less-than half-time are ineligible for a miscellaneous allowance per federal regulations.

    $0
    Transportation $71
    Loan Fees $0
    Subtotal $4,112
    Room and board for students living with parents $248
    Total for students living with parents $4,360
    Room and board for students living without their parents $1,159
    Total for students living without their parents $5,271
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