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Columbia College Tuition & Cost

Columbia, South Carolina

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How much does it cost to attend?

Sticker Price
Costs for Columbia College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,268
Other Fees$800
Room and Board $8,300
Other Expenses Budget$5,100

Annual Prices

The annual list price to attend Columbia College on a full time basis for 2020/2021 is $35,358 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $19,890 for tuition, $8,300 room and board, $1,268 for books and supplies and $800 for other fees. Out of state tuition for Columbia College is $19,890, the same as South Carolina residents.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Columbia College when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Columbia College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$18,657
$30,001 to $48,000$19,785
$48,001 to $75,000$20,077
$75,001 to $110,000$24,443

The average reported annual net price for Columbia College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $20,277 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

98% of full-time undergrad Columbia College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $13,928 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 86% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $6,358 and 4% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $7,612.

Finanical Aid Columbia College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $13,928 98%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $4,389 93%
Pell Grants $5,288 67%
Other Federal Grants $1,999 73%
State and Local Grants $5,968 75%
Federal Student Loans $6,358 86%
Other Student Loans $7,612 4%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Columbia College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $57,572. The loan balance of $57,572 is a four year multiple of the $14,393 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $549 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $57,572
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $549.30
Total Interest Paid $8,344.05
Sum of All Loan Payments $65,916.05

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year All Residents
1 $35,358
2 $37,833
3 $40,481
4 $43,315

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Columbia College to be $141,432 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 4 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Columbia College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
All Residents $414 $1,242 $1,656

Estimated cost for a class at Columbia College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Columbia College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Columbia College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217934 IPEDS survey data for Columbia College.