Earn your degree from a respected, accredited private institution with 169 years of tradition.

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We're committed to helping you access a personalized, private education. We'll work closely with you to estimate costs and explore financial assistance options such as scholarships, grants, loans, and student work awards.

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Start the conversation about how to pay for college by submitting our get information form or calling us at 803.786.3871. Plus, run the numbers yourself with our calculator tool.

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Get a 10% annual family tuition discount per student when two or more family members simultaneously attend. 

On-Campus Undergraduate Tuition

We recently reset our tuition costs to help make Columbia College a realistic option for all students. Our average financial aid package, which includes scholarships, grants, financial aid, loans, and student work, makes attending Columbia College more affordable than many public schools.  

90% of our undergraduate students do not pay full tuition thanks to financial aid assistance.

Annual Tuition and Other Costs

  • Full-Time Tuition: $21,414
  • Part-Time Tuition: $711 per semester hour
  • Resource & Technology Fee: $400 (Full-time)/$200 (Part-time) per semester
    *Students receive free e-books but can purchase or rent physical copies for an additional cost.

On-Campus Housing Costs (per semester)

  • Standard Double: $2,500 
  • Cottages-Standard Double: $2,650
  • Standard Single: $3,000
  • Double as a Single (privatized room): $3,250

On-Campus Meal Plan Costs (per semester)

  • 19 meals/week: $2,195 (Required for First Years)
  • 15 meals/week: $2,145
  • 10 meals/week: $2,050 (Seniors & Commuters Only)
  • 5 meals/week: $950 (Commuters Only)

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Online & Evening Undergraduate Tuition 

Online 

Advance your education anywhere, anytime with our 100% online degrees. We also accept up to 90 credits for transfer, so you can complete your degree in less time at a lower cost. 

  • Tuition: $407 per credit hour 
  • Resource & Technology Fee*: $26 per credit hour
    *Students receive free e-books but can purchase or rent physical copies for an additional cost.

Evening 

Get your bachelor's degree exclusively in the evening, so you can stay focused on other priorities, while charting a new and exciting path. We also accept up to 90 credits for transfer, so you can complete your degree in less time at a lower cost. 

  • Full-Time Tuition: $6,208 per semester
  • Part-Time Tuition: $407 per credit hour 
  • Resource & Technology Fee*: $26 per credit hour
    *Students receive free e-books but can purchase or rent physical copies for an additional cost.

Graduate Tuition

We offer online graduate programs at a highly competitive rate of $580 per semester hour, which includes free e-books. Advance your career, increase your earning potential, or change careers with a Columbia College graduate degree.

  • Graduate Tuition: $600 per credit hour
  • Resource & Technology Fee*: $26 per credit hour.
    *The resource and technology fee supports all areas of students’ academic success, including textbooks, tutoring services, general IT assistance, computer lab maintenance and upgrades, and library database access.

Other Resources

Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan

South Carolina’s 529 college savings plan, Future Scholar, can be an important resource for paying for qualified college expenses, such as tuition, room and board, textbooks, and computers. Visit the Office of the State Treasurer’s website for more information about the many benefits of this savings program.

We're Here to Help

Most of our students don't pay full tuition. Discover ways you can save by connecting with our admissions counselors. We're ready to help you explore your options.