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Tuition and Fees 2015-2016

Undergraduate Tuition

Full-time Students, per Semester

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

Enrolled 12-16 credit hours $11,820.00
Annual Tuition $23,640.00
Each additional credit hour over 16 hours    $598.00

Part-Time Students, per Semester

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

Enrolled 1-11 credit hours, each credit hour $816.00

Summer Session

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

All credit hours each


Graduate Tuition

More About Our Graduate Programs

Program Cost per Credit Hour
Arts, Entertainment & Media Management (MAM), Cinema Directing (MFA), Creative Producing (MFA) $1,113.00

Interdisciplinary Arts (MA), Interdisciplinary Arts & Media (MFA), Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts (MFA), Journalism (MA), Photography (MFA), Music Composition for the Screen (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*
All Students $50.00
Student Activity Fee, per Semester*
Full-Time Students **$100.00
Part-Time Students **$50.00
Full-Time Students Only****


U-Pass Replacement Fee  


Semester in L.A. Fee
All students enrolled in Semester in L.A. program $500.00

*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 in accordance with the drop deadline for each semester and session that is published on the Important Dates section of Office of the Registrar webpage. After the published drop deadlines for each semester and session, full tuition and fees are charged. To view the start and end dates of your course sessions, select the Course Schedule link located on the Students tab on the OASIS portal. 100% of tuition and fees are charged for any course withdrawal after the published drop deadlines.

Students who withdraw from all courses and are awarded Title IV aid (federal financial aid) may have their award amount prorated based on their last date of attendance. Award adjustments may result in a student account balance. For more information on how Satisfactory Academic Progress impact financial aid, click here.

For more information about how refunds are issued by SFS, visit our Student Account Refunds webpage.