International Student

At Columbia College Chicago, we welcome international students from more than 40 countries. You’ll study, work, live and explore in the heart of beautiful Chicago — the third-biggest city in the United States and a thrilling place to be a student. Click here for Columbia College Chicago President Kim's statement on Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees.

Undergraduate students

  • Am I eligible for scholarships?
    Yes. To be considered for a talent-based scholarship, submit creative samples of work along with your undergraduate application by January 15 for priority consideration. For details on how to submit a portfolio of your best creative work, visit colum.edu/portfolio-info.

    You will be notified of your total financial aid package, including Columbia scholarships, on your Financial Aid Award Letter.
  • What are costs I am responsible for?

    Depending on your program type you may be responsible for tuition, fees, and housing charges. If you are attending Columbia on an exchange program, verify what charges your home institution will cover to determine what charges you are responsible for. All students are responsible for the Ventra U-Pass cost and health insurance costs.

    To view a breakdown of the costs please refer to your Student Account Summary in the OASIS student portal, located under the SFS tab. You can also view all transactions by clicking My Balances by Semester.

  • What are my payment options?
    If you are using an international account to make payment(s), you must transfer through Flywire. Please select “International wire” as payment method in the OASIS portal. View our Flywire payer guide here.

    If you are using a U.S. bank account, credit card, or debit card, you may make a paymentthrough the Make Payment option in OASIS. Additional fees may apply if you use a credit card or debit card.

    Please follow these steps to make payment(s):

    1. Log in to the OASIS portal.
    2. Select the Student Financial Services tab on the menu bar at the top of the page.
    3. Select Online Payment and Billing/CCCPay.
    4. Select the View/Pay Accounts option. Enter the payment amount.
    5. Select International Wire in the Payment Method box. Click on the Continue button. You will be redirected to the Flywire website to set up a user account on the site. After setting up your user account, follow the instructions to complete the wire transfer payment.

    Important Note: Students who have submitted a prior payment on Flywire should initiate all successive payment transactions on CCCPay using the same international wire payment method. Please do not initiate payments directly on Flywire using your saved profile, because the funds will not be automatically transferred to your Columbia tuition account.

    If you are a confirmed student, you can pay a balance prior to registering, but you will have to estimate your charges. View a cost of attendance budget for the current year, and add tuition and fees, housing, and health insurance charges. You may only pay one full semester at a time if paying in one lump sum.

  • How do I set up a payment plan?
    If you are using an international account, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@colum.edu, as you will need to set up a manual payment plan. A representative will follow up with you.

    If using a U.S. account, you can set up payment plan through your OASIS portal. View our step-by-step guide here.
  • Can my parent sign up for a payment plan?
    Yes, you may add a parent or an authorized party through your OASIS portal. In the Student Financial Services section, select CCCPay, and then Authorized Party. The parent or other authorized user will have access to your monthly electronic bills, will receive email alerts, and can make payments or set up a payment plan.
  • How do I set up a third party to pay for my costs?

    You can add the third party as an authorized party. They can then log in and make payments on your behalf using Flywire.

    If a third party is paying for a specific portion of your cost, please submit documents verifying what costs will be covered by them. Find out more about submitting documents electronically here.

    In some cases you may need to complete a Third Party Benefit Release Form online if the third party requires a bill from Columbia College Chicago. You can find this form in the Resource Center.

  • How do I monitor my account?
    You will receive a monthly electronic bill notification through Office 365, Columbia's student email system. Please make sure to review the bill monthly to ensure you have no outstanding balance. We primarily communicate with students through Office 365, so make sure to monitor it regularly.
  • What is the college's payment policy?

    You must either pay your out-of-pocket charges in full or establish a payment plan by August 1 for the Fall semester, December 28 for the Spring semester, and May 13 for the Summer semester. Failure to pay by the due dates can result in a non-compliance fee of $150 billed to your account as well as a financial hold on your account. Please check your student email regularly to avoid missing deadlines and other important information.

    Please choose your payment plan according to your length of study (i.e. one semester; one full year). When setting up an annual plan, you must set up a payment plan for Fall and Spring charges. The earlier you sign up for a payment plan, the less the sign-up fee will cost.

Graduate students

  • Am I eligible for scholarships?
    Yes. Incoming international graduate students are automatically considered for the Graduate Assistantship program if they submit a complete admissions application by the application deadline in their graduate program. Award amounts are up to full tuition based on the duration of the program and the strength of the admissions application.
  • What are costs I am responsible for?

    Depending on your program type you may be responsible for tuition, fees, and housing charges. If you are attending Columbia on an exchange program, verify what charges your home institution will cover to determine what charges you are responsible for. All students are responsible for the Ventra U-Pass cost and health insurance costs.

    To view a breakdown of the costs please refer to your Student Account Summary in the OASIS student portal, located under the SFS tab. You can also view all transactions by clicking My Balances by Semester.

  • What are my payment options?
    If you are using an international account to make payment(s), you must transfer through Flywire. Please select “International wire” as payment method in the OASIS portal. View our Flywire payer guide here.

    If you are using a U.S. bank/credit card account, you may make a payment using the U.S. bank account or credit card through the Make Payment option in OASIS. Additional fees may apply if you use a credit card.

    Please follow these steps to make payment(s):

    1. Log in to the OASIS portal.
    2. Select the Student Financial Services tab on the menu bar at the top of the page.
    3. Select Online Payment and Billing/CCCPay.
    4. Select the View/Pay Accounts option. Enter the payment amount.
    5. Select International Wire in the Payment Method box. Click on the Continue button. You will be redirected to the Flywire website to set up a user account on the site. After setting up your user account, follow the instructions to complete the wire transfer payment.


    Important Note: Students who have submitted a prior payment on Flywire should initiate all successive payment transactions on CCCPay using the same international wire payment method. Please do not initiate payments directly on Flywire using your saved profile, because the funds will not be automatically transferred to your Columbia tuition account.

    If you are a confirmed student, you can pay a balance prior to registering, but you will have to estimate your charges. View a cost of attendance budget for the current year, and add tuition and fees, housing, and health insurance charges. You may only pay one full semester at a time if paying in one lump sum.

  • How do I set up a payment plan?
    If you are using an international account, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@colum.edu, as you will need to set up a manual payment plan. A representative will follow up with you.

    If using a U.S. account, you can set up payment plan through your OASIS portal. View our step-by-step guide here.
  • Can my parent sign up for a payment plan?
    Yes, you may add a parent or an authorized payer through your OASIS portal. In the Student Financial Services section, select CCC Pay, and then Authorized Payer. The parent or other authorized user will have access to your monthly electronic bills, will receive email alerts, and can make payments or set up a payment plan.
  • How do I set up a third party to pay for my costs?

    You can add the third party as an authorized payer. They can then log in and make payments on your behalf using Flywire.

    If a third party is paying for a specific portion of your cost, please submit documents verifying what costs will be covered by them. Find out more about submitting documents electronically here.

    In some cases you may need to complete a Third Party Benefit Release Form online if the third party requires a bill from Columbia College Chicago. You can find this form in the Resource Center.

  • How do I monitor my account?
    You will receive a monthly electronic bill notification through Office 365, Columbia's student email system. Please make sure to review the bill monthly to ensure you have no outstanding balance. We primarily communicate with students through Office 365, so make sure to monitor it regularly.
  • What is the college's payment policy?

    You must either pay your out-of-pocket charges in full or establish a payment plan by August 1 for the Fall semester, December 28 for the Spring semester, and May 13 for the Summer semester. Failure to pay by the due dates can result in a non-compliance fee of $150 billed to your account as well as a financial hold on your account. Please check your student email regularly to avoid missing deadlines and other important information.

    Please choose your payment plan according to your length of study (i.e. one semester; one full year). When setting up an annual plan, you must set up a payment plan for Fall and Spring charges. The earlier you sign up for a payment plan, the less the sign-up fee will cost.

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