Tuition and Fees 2020-21

This section allows for a quick scan of Columbia College Chicago’s direct costs. These are fixed costs such as tuition and fees for the current year. Please note that housing costs are also fixed. 

Student status is calculated by the number of credit hours registered, where full time is 12-16 credit hours and part time is less than 12 credit hours.

Note: Students who never begin attendance in any course for the term and who fail to properly drop their courses during the add/drop period may have their schedules cancelled by the Office of the Registrar. At Columbia’s discretion, a fee of $75 per credit hour may be assessed to cover the administrative costs associated with the student’s failure to properly drop their course schedule.

2020-21 Undergraduate tuition cost only, annual $26,610
2020-21 Undergraduate tuition and fees, fall and spring semesters* Costs
Tuition $13,305
Application fee (one time) $50
International application fee (one time) $100
Orientation fee** (first semester only) $125
Registration fee $50
Health Center fee $85
Activity fee $150
U-Pass fee (full-time students only)*** $153
Technology fee (6 credit hours or more) $150
Graduation fee (one time) $175

These costs show tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students at Columbia College Chicago, including degree programs, certificate programs, and students-at-large. The cost of each additional credit hour over 16 is $673, per semester. For part-time students, please see below for specific costs.

*Costs are per semester, unless otherwise noted.

**International orientation fee is $175, first semester only.

***Estimated cost for 2020-21; final cost is pending Chicago Transit Authority approval.

2020-21 Part-time undergraduate student costs (fall and spring semesters) Costs
Tuition rate, per credit hour $919
Technology fee (6 credit hours or more) $150
Registration fee $50
Activity fee $75
Health Center fee $50
Summer session (students also pay registration, activity, and Health Center fees)
Tuition rate, each credit hour $735
Technology fee (6 credit hours or more) $150
U-Pass fee (full-time students only)*** $115
Activity fee  $150 (full-time), $75 (part-time)
Registration fee  $50
Health Center fee $70 (full-time), $45 (part-time)
Semester in LA
Fee, per course $125
Maximum fee $500

***Estimated cost for 2020-21; final cost is pending Chicago Transit Authority approval.

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