Skip to main content


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 2017-2018 Academic Year

Tuition (fixed for 5 years) $21,936
Room $4,318
Meal Plan $2,777
Books** $1,164
Insurance** $1,500
Transportation** $1,728
Personal Expenses** $2,048
Total expenses required for I-20 $35,471

* 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. Transfer students should provide a copy of their passport, visa, I-94, current I-20, SEVIS Supplement and Transfer Eligibility Form.


Estimated Expenses for the 2016-2017 Academic Year (6 sessions)

Graduate tuition varies depending on the program you’re interested in. 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 2016-2017 academic year. Columbia College reserves the right to change these costs at any time.

Estimated Expenses For The 2016-2017 Academic Year
Tuition $ 10,044.00
Living Expenses $ 11,712.00
Books $ 873.00
Health Insurance $ 1,500.00
Transportation $ 3,888.00
Personal Expenses 
$ 6,096.00
Total expenses required for the I-20 $ 34,113.00

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 tuition per semester. The grant is limited to two semesters only.

Estimated Expenses for 2016-2017 Academic Year, includes 15% tuition discount

Estimated Expenses For The 2016-2017 Academic Year
Tuition $ 17,795.00
Room $ 4,008.00
Meal plan 2,432.00
Books $ 1,164.00
Health Insurance $ 1,500.00
Transportation $ 1,728.00
Personal Expenses
$ 2,048.00
Total expenses required for the I-20 $ 30,675.00

Exchange Students

Estimated Expenses for one Academic Semester, 2017-2018 Academic Year

Tuition Waived per partnership agreement*
Room $2,159
Meal Plan $1,389
Books $582
Health Insurance $750
Transportation $864
Personal Expenses $1,024
Total expenses required for the I-20 $6,768

*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 $13,535 on a bank statement for issuance of the I-20.

The below awards and criteria are for undergraduate international students studying at the traditional day campus for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information on scholarships, 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 2017-2018 academic year, non-native English speakers who meet the requirements automatically qualify for the scholarships and grants shown below.

Award Name Amount  Requirements* Renewable
Dean’s Excellence Scholarship
$10,000 Based on a calculated index of English Proficiency Score and calculated GPA.
Founder’s Achievement Scholarship
$8,500 Based on a calculated index of English Proficiency Score and calculated GPA.
1851 Collegiate Scholarship
$5,000 Based on a calculated index of English Proficiency Score and calculated GPA.
Trustee Recognition Scholarship
$3,500   Based on a calculated index of English Proficiency Score and calculated GPA.
EAP Tuition Grant  $3,140   Available to full time students enrolled in at least 12 hours of EAP courses (not including ENGL 107).

*For students from English-speaking countries, automatic awards will be based on a calculated index of your ACT/SAT score and your calculated GPA. 

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
Presidential Scholarship Full tuition 10 1170 SAT or 26 ACT; and
3.6 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 to the traditional Day Campus 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.


Request info

Request info