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Tuition & scholarships

Tuition and estimated expenses

All international students studying on an F-1 student visa must submit an official, original bank statement that demonstrates the ability to cover the total cost of attendance for one academic year.

The tuition and costs listed below are the amounts used for issuance of the Columbia College I-20. For questions about these estimated expenses, please contact your admissions counselor.

Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate

Estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year (Undergraduate - Main Campus)
Item Cost ($)
Tuition (fixed for 5 years) 24,320
Housing* 5,300
Meal Plan* 3,400
Books** 1,238
Insurance** 1,650
Transportation** 1,920
Personal Expenses** 2,624
Total expenses required for I-20 40,452

Estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year
(Undergraduate - Main Campus - Off Campus)
Item Cost ($)
Tuition (fixed for 5 years) 24,320
Living Expenses** 8,704
Books** 1,238
Insurance** 1,650
Transportation** 2,848
Personal Expenses** 3,904
Total expenses required for I-20 42,664

* On campus housing rates vary by building and can range from $4,900 to $5,700 based on the building students select to live in. Meal plans are required for all students living on campus and range from $3,300 to $3,500.
** Estimated expenses all students, even those with full tuition scholarships, are required to show on the bank statement.

Students receiving scholarships will have the amount needed for their I-20 reduced by the award. 

Tuition, off campus living expenses, and other costs are taken from the Financial Aid Department's Cost of Attendance. On campus living expenses are calculated from the Hughes/Miller double room rate and silver meal plan option. 

In addition to the bank statement, new freshman students should provide a copy of their passport and the SEVIS Supplement. Transfer students should provide a copy of their passport, visa, I-94, current I-20, SEVIS Supplement and Transfer Eligibility Form.

Graduate

Graduate tuition varies depending on the program you’re interested in and the number of classes you take per session. Main campus graduate students in Columbia, Missouri, studying on an F-1 Visa are required to complete courses on campus. Students who will be studying with Columbia College while living in their home country are not required to meet the expenses assigned below. Tuition for all graduate programs is located on the graduate tuition webpage.

The chart below outlines the total cost of attendance for the 2019-2020 academic year. Columbia College reserves the right to change these costs at any time.

Estimated expenses for Graduate coursework 2019-2020 academic year - 2 semesters (4 sessions)
Item Cost ($)
Tuition 9,048
Living expenses 12,576
Books 360
Insurance 1,650
Transportation 2,752
Personal expenses 4,992
Total expenses required for I-20 31,378

In addition to the bank statement, new graduate students should provide a copy of their passport and the SEVIS Supplement. Students transferring their SEVIS record from another institution should provide a copy of their passport, visa, I-94, current I-20, SEVIS Supplement and Transfer Eligibility Form.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

EAP Tuition Grant

All students admitted to the EAP program and who register for at least 12 credit hours of EAP coursework are eligible for an EAP Tuition Grant worth 15 percent of tuition per semester. The grant is limited to two semesters only.

Estimated Expenses for 2018-2019 Academic Year listed below include the 15% tuition discount.

Estimated expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year (EAP - on campus)
Item Cost ($)
Tuition (with 15% discount) 19,298
Double Room (on campus) 4,675
Meal plan 3,135
Books 1,242
Insurance 1,500
Transportation 1,760
Personal expenses 2,144
Total expenses required for I-20 33,754

Estimated expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year (EAP - off campus)
Item Cost ($)
Tuition (with 15% discount) 19,298
Living expenses 11,616
Books 1,242
Insurance 1,500
Transportation 2,624
Personal expenses 3,200
Total expenses required for I-20 38,828

Exchange Students

Estimated expenses for one academic semester 2018-2019 academic year
Item Cost ($)
Tuition 0 - Waived per partnership agreement*
Double Room (on campus) 2,338
Meal Plan 1,568
Books 621
Health Insurance 750
Transportation 880
Personal Expenses 1,072
Total expenses required for the I-20 7,229

*Check with your home institution to verify the terms of the partnership agreement and applicability of the tuition waiver.

Students planning to study at Columbia College for a full academic year should show a total amount of $14,458 in a bank statement for issuance of the I-20.

Scholarships

The awards and criteria listed below are for undergraduate international students studying at the traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri, for the 2018-2019 academic year. To be eligible for scholarships, students must be studying full time as a degree-seeking student each semester.

Please note that these scholarships apply to all non-native English speakers. English-speaking applicants may view the scholarship opportunities for our Residential Campus.

For more information on scholarships, please contact your admissions counselor.

Scholarship Day

Each year Columbia College hosts a Scholarship Day competition for students to compete for one of ten Presidential Scholarships, each worth full tuition. The competition includes a writing exercise and a personal interview with Columbia College faculty and staff. Most international students compete in Scholarship Day via phone or Skype interviews if they are unable to attend in person.

The Presidential Scholarships are awarded only to first-time freshman entering the Main Campus in Columbia, Missouri, for the fall academic semester. The competition will be held in January. Winners will be announced in February. Students must be admitted before competing in this event and meet the eligibility requirements: minimum 3.6 GPA and 1260 SAT (26 ACT).

Please note that these awards are not considered full scholarships, as they only cover tuition. The scholarships do not cover living expenses, health insurance, books, or other personal expenses. For more information about Columbia College's estimated total cost of attendance, you can go to the "Undergraduate" section listed above.

For more information on competing in Scholarship Day, please contact your admissions counselor.

*Scholarship eligibility criteria and award amounts may change at any time at the discretion of the College.

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