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Cost of Attendance

The Financial Aid Office determines your financial aid eligibility by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Cost of Attendance (COA). The information you report on your FAFSA is used in a formula established by the U.S. Congress, which determines your EFC.

The COA that your financial aid package is based upon reflects standard and reasonable costs. Tuition and fee rates vary by a student’s enrollment status. The tuition and fee component in your COA is a standard amount based on full-time enrollment; however, it can vary slightly due to additional fees assessments for course fees, specific program fees, and on-line course fees.

Housing & Food charges vary based upon residence hall assignment and meal plan. When you live on campus, you will be billed directly for your room and your meal plan. Columbia International University policy requires all full-time undergraduate students under the age of 24 to live on campus. Off campus housing appeals must be made through the Residence Life office.

The COA budget component for housing and meals for students who live with parents or reside in off-campus housing are estimated from student surveys.  Columbia International University does not charge you for these amounts, but they are part of your Financial Aid COA budget to determine your financial aid eligibility. Housing and meal costs for a commuting student are variable and depend greatly on the student’s living arrangements.

Books and Supplies are variable costs and depend upon your particular program of study. Transportation and Miscellaneous expenses are variable costs and can consume a large part of your educational costs if you don’t budget carefully.  These expenses in the COA have been obtained through student surveys conducted by CIU's Institutional Research office.

In all cases, the total amount a student is awarded cannot exceed the cost of a Columbia International University education. In some instances, when Title IV (certain Federal Financial Aid programs) and certain South Carolina aid is awarded, students are limited to receive grants and scholarships up to the student’s demonstrated financial need.

Costs are subject to change by the Columbia International University Board of Trustees.

2014-15 Undergraduate Estimated Cost of Attendance Budget

 (9 months)

 

On-campus (24-38hrs)

Online only (24 hrs)

Tuition and fees

$18,940

$13,620

Books and Supplies

  $1,000

  $1,000

Room and Board

  $7,310

 

Transportation

  $2,000

 

Miscellaneous

  $3,000

 

Average Loan Fee

  $100

 $100

Total

 $32,890

 $14,720

 

2014-15 Seminary/School of Ministry Estimated  Full-Time Cost of Attendance Budget (9 months)

 

 

Resident (18 hrs)

Online only (18 hours)

Tuition and fees

   $8,670

 $7,440

Books and Supplies

  $1,000

 $1,000

Room and Board

 $10,000

 

Transportation

  $3,000

 

Miscellaneous

  $3,000

 

Average Loan Fee

   $140

      $85

Total

 $25,810

 $8525

 

2014-15 Graduate School Estimated Full-Time Cost of Attendance Budget (9 months)

 

Resident (18 hrs)

On-line only (18 hours)

Tuition and fees

    $9,750

 $8,160

Books and Supplies

    $1,000

 $1,000

Room and Board

  $10,000

 

Transportation

    $3,000

 

Miscellaneous

    $3,000

 

Average Loan Fee

       $200

      $85

Total

  $26,950

  $9245