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Tuition & Scholarships

This page applies to all non-native English speakers applying to the traditional day program. English speaking applicants may view the scholarships listed in the Scholarship Finder.

To be eligible for any scholarships, students must meet minimum eligibility requirements and be attending the traditional day campus full time as a degree seeking student each semester. Columbia College scholarships and grants are automatic and competitive.

Estimated Expenses for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

The chart below outlines the total cost of attendance for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Estimated Expenses* for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Tuition (fixed for 5 years) $ 20,936.00
Room $ 4,008.00
Meal Plan $ 2,432.00
Books** $ 936.00
Insurance** $ 1,200.00
Personal Expenses** $ 3,000.00
Total expenses required for the I-20 $ 32,512.00

* Students receiving scholarships will have the amount needed for their I-20 reduced by the award.
** Expenses all students, even those with full tuition, room, and board scholarships are required to show on the bank statement.
For information on estimated expenses, please contact your admissions counselor.

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

The below awards and criteria are for the 2014-2015 academic year. For information on award amounts and criteria for the 2015-2016 academic year, please contact your admission counselor.

Automatic Scholarships

Columbia College has multiple automatic scholarships and grants to assist in making your education more affordable. 

For the 2014-2015 academic year, non-native English speakers who meet the requirements automatically qualify for the scholarships and grants shown below:

Award Name Amount * Requirements* Renewable
Cornerstone $5,234 Minimum 71 TOEFL iBT, 6.0 IELTS, or
1110 SAT (Critical Reading and Math); and
3.2 cumulative converted GPA
Keystone $10,468 Minimum 75 TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or
1190 SAT (Critical Reading and Math); and
3.4 cumulative converted GPA
Capstone $12,561 Minimum 90 TOEFL iBT, 7.5 IELTS, or
1260 SAT (Critical Reading and Math); and
3.6 cumulative converted GPA
ESOL Tuition Grant $1,570 per eligible semester Enrolled full time and completing at least 12 hours of ESOL courses (not including ENGL 107) No

The College offers a significant number of additional automatic awards for both incoming freshmen and transfer students. All automatic scholarships and their award requirements can be found on the Scholarship Finder.

Competitive Scholarships

Columbia College’s top scholarships are competitive and available to new freshmen only. Competing in Scholarship Day is required to be considered for the top awards shown below:

Award Name Amount Number of Awards Requirements* Renewable
Columbia College Scholarship Full tuition, room, and board 5 1190 SAT or 26 ACT; and
3.5 converted GPA. Recipients must complete in Scholarship Day.
Presidential Scholarship Full tuition 5 1190 SAT or 26 ACT; and
3.5 converted GPA. Recipients must complete in Scholarship Day.

For information on additional competitive awards, please review the Scholarship Finder.

Scholarship Day

All international applicants eligible for full program admission are encouraged to compete in Scholarship Day. Scholarship Day is a competition for the top awards as well as additional leadership, talent, and institutional academic awards. The competition consists of two parts: a written essay and an interview. Applicants to the College who are unable to attend Scholarship Day in person may compete by completing their interview portion over the phone or through video conferencing.

For more information on competing in Scholarship Day, please RSVP online or contact your admission counselor.

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