2019-20 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 2019-20 academic year.

Undergraduate cost of attendance, full time, per semester (fall/spring)*
Tuition  $13,305
Estimated Fees $754
Books and Supplies  $800
Miscellaneous

An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs.

$1,003
Transportation  $425
Loan Fees  $40
Subtotal $16,327
Room and board for students living with parents  $1,487
Total for students living with parents $17,814
Room and board for students living without their parents  $8,000
Total for students living without their parents $24,327

*Costs are per semester, per credit hour. These numbers show tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students, including degree programs, certificate programs, and student-at-large. The costs above reflect 12 credit hours. 

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  $10,109
    Estimated Fees $452
    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 $12,272
    Room and board for students living with parents $1,115
    Total for students living with parents $13,387
    Room and board for students living without their parents $6,000
    Total for students living without their parents $18,272

     

  • Half-time (6-8 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 6-8 credit hours (fall/spring)*
    Tuition  $7,352
    Estimated Fees $452
    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 $8,959
    Room and board for students living with parents $744
    Total for students living with parents $9,703
    Room and board for students living without their parents $4,000
    Total for students livingwithout their parents $12,959
  • Less-than half-time (5 credits or less)
    Undergraduate students registered for less than 5 credit hours (fall/spring)*
    Tuition  $4,595
    Estimated Fees $302
    Books and Supplies $200
    Miscellaneous

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

    $0
    Transportation $106
    Subtotal $5,203
    Room and board for students living with parents $372
    Total for students living with parents $5,575
    Room and board for students living without their parents $2,000
    Total for students living without their parents $7,203

For students attending Columbia full-time during the 2019-20 summer semester, please review the estimated budget.

Undergraduate cost of attendance, summer session**
Tuition  $8,820
Estimated Fees $622
Books and Supplies $800
Miscellaneous

An estimated amount of expenses for personal costs.

$669
Transportation $283
Loan Fees $26
Subtotal $11,220
Room and board for students living with parents $1,190
Total for students living with parents $12,410
Room and board for students living without their parents $6,400
Total for students living without their parents $17,620

**Tuition costs are per credit hour. The costs above reflect 12 credit hours. Each additional credit hour is $673.

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 $8,085
    Estimated Fees $386
    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 $9,811
    Room and board for students living with parents $893
    Total for students living with parents $10,704
    Room and board for students living without their parents $4,800
    Total for students living without their parents $14,611
  • Half-time (6-8 credits)
    Undergraduate students registered for 6-8 credit hours (summer)
    Tuition  $5,880
    Estimated Fees $386
    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 $7,169
    Room and board for students living with parents $595
    Total for students living with parents $7,764
    Room and board for students without their parents $3,200
    Total for students living without parents $10,369
  • Less-than half-time (5 credits or less)
    Undergraduate students registered for less than 5 credit hours (summer)
    Tuition  $3,675
    Estimated Fees $236
    Books and Supplies $200
    Miscellaneous

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

    $0
    Transportation $71
    Subtotal $4,182
    Room and board for students living with parents $298
    Total for students living with parents $4,480
    Room and board for students living without their parents $1,600
    Total for students living without their parents $5,782

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