ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / Columbia International University

Columbia International University

Columbia, SC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate51%
Acceptance Rate51%

Columbia International University Tuition Information

In 2022, tuition for full-time Columbia International University students was $25,620 a year.

In 2022, tuition increased 4.61%–from $24,490 the previous year. Usually, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If this information makes going to college feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students pay far less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make theactual cost of attending college feel more doable until after graduation.

Does Columbia International University Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

Columbia International University is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for students from South Carolina as it does for students who live in other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can cut the cost of college tuition. Take the time to confirm your state's eligibility criteria for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria too, depending on where you live.

Explore other South Carolina colleges

Do International Students Pay More to Go to Columbia International University?

Columbia International University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or Columbia International University-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Columbia International University:

•On-campus jobs •Loans from outsideColumbia International University •Athletic Awards •Columbia International University-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.


Columbia International University Room, Board, Fees, and More


Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Columbia International University.

House and Food Costs at Columbia International University

Room and board at Columbia International University costs $8,950 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that enables you to eat all or some of your meals the Columbia International University's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities. Students who live off campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can pay for a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $4,510.

Meal-plan costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at Columbia International University?

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Annual Fees

Most schools also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.

There may be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Many schools offer resources so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these costs.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your transportation budget. At Columbia International University, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in a city is sometimes costly, but there may be more trains, busses and affordable flights to actually get to school. Columbia International Universityis in a suburban setting in South Carolina, near Columbia.

Other Costs

When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to factor in personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.


The Full Cost of Attending Columbia International University


Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for Columbia International University.

Total Cost of Columbia International University

What will the cost of attending Columbia International University be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $25,620
Room and Board $8,950
Board Only $4,510
Other expenses $2,280

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $38,170
Off-Campus $33,730

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Columbia International University’s tuition and fees change based on: •Academic program for both full and part-time students •Course load for both full and part-time students


Columbia International University Financial Aid


The majority of Columbia International University undergrads use financial aid to help pay for school. In 2022, 492 of the 905 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Columbia International University meets 66.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $18,761 a year. Around 70% of Columbia International University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Columbia International University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $24,512 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $22,662
Private Loans $19,611
Most Common Loans for Columbia International University Students
Federal Loans 70%
Private loans 7%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Columbia International University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Columbia International University

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, Columbia International University awarded 483 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $6.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.85 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of Columbia International University

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Columbia International University students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Columbia International University was $18,761 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Columbia International University seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $19,409
Off-Campus $14,969

What will attending Columbia International University really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Columbia International University's net cost calculator on their website.

Columbia International University Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Columbia International University offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Columbia International University Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to reduce the total cost of attendance. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

Columbia International University has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.


Learn More About Columbia International University


Choose one of the options below to find out more about about Columbia International University:

Overview

Student Life

Academics

Admissions

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Columbia International University

Columbia International University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$35,890

In State

$35,890

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$25,620
$25,620
Fees
$1,120
$1,120
Housing
$8,950
$8,950
Books
$200
$200

Columbia International University Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

79%

Average Financial Aid Package

$18,463

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,338

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

51%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$26,740

Out-of-State

$26,740

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 1
9331376C-347F-48E1-9EA3-63CB6BA2D682
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
F43DB07C-E631-43A5-9C99-000231808F35
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
ECE68226-946A-49FB-9EBE-25C918B98643
Need Advice or Have a Question About Columbia International University?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation