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Columbia College Chicago Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$40,232 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$24,590 tuition
$13,298 on campus room & board*
$1,600 books and supplies
$744 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$40,232 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$24,590 tuition
$13,298 on campus room & board*
$1,600 books and supplies
$744 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

*on average, ranges from $8,600- $14,800

Estimated Net Price
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Colleges like Columbia College Chicago are working hard to make tuition affordable to deserving students.

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Average Aid

$8,147 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
84% of students receive aid
37% get federal aid ($4,034 avg)
0% get state aid ($4,504 avg)
30% get institn'l aid ($8,147 avg)
69% get loans ($9,655 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.61% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 1.61% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $8,382 54%
Federal Grant Aid $4,034 37%
Pell Grants $3,892 36%
Other Federal Grants $2,508 0%
Institution Grant Aid $8,147 30%
State Grant Aid $4,504 0%
Student Loans $9,655 69%
Federal Loans $7,914 68%
Other Loans $15,740 8%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
award details Y Y N N
award details Y Y Y N
award details Y Y Y N
$7,000 - $8,000 Y N N N
$750 - $1,500 Y N Y N
$4,000 - $8,500 Y N Y N
award details Y Y Y Y
$2,000 - $5,000 R
- R
$4,000 R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: January 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Columbia College Chicago offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
600 South Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
(312) 369-7130
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $849
Out of State $849


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Taylore from Fond Du Lac, WI
  • Aug-04-2017 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I personally think it's all worth the money. It's a bit pricey, but definitely worth it.

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  • 3
  • Alyssa from Franklin, WI
  • Oct-22-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    It's definitely pretty expensive, but there's financial aid and scholarships offered.

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  • 4
  • regan - springfield, il
  • Jun-07-2016 I am a current student here

    at columbia you have to take advantage of programs and learning tools they give you. yes the school is expensive, but there is so much opportunity you just have to look for it.

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  • 3
  • theresa
  • May-15-2016 I am a current student here

    food: there is often events that provide free food on campus. find those, they are both educational and help you save money.

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  • 3
  • Belinda from Chicago, IL
  • May-28-2015 I am a current student here

    I love going to Columbia but I just wish I had more funds to deal with. I'm going to have so much loans that I'm going to be paying them off until I'm 40.

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