Cost of college went down for all students at Columbia College

Tuition and fees fell 32.5 percent for 2017-18 at Columbia College, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.


Tuition and fees fell 32.5 percent for 2017-18 at Columbia College, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

South Carolina students paid $19,500 to attend the four-year private not-for-profit institution this year $9,400 less than the $28,900 charged for 2016-17.

Data shows 100 percent of full-time undergraduates who started school in 2015-16 received student financial aid in some form. In all, 185 students received grants or scholarships totaling $4.32 million and 129 students took out student loans totaling more than $764,304.

Including all undergraduates, 1,062 students used grants or scholarships totaling $15.75 million. Another 1,025 took out $7.4 million in federal student loans.

The cost of attending
Enrollment
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Change in tuition and fees 2014-15 to 2017-18
~1,334
$27,350
$28,100
$28,900
$19,500
-28.7%

Undergraduate financial aid
The following data includes only full-time students who began an undergraduate program at the Columbia College in 2015-16.
Type of Aid
Number of students receiving aid
Percent receiving aid
Total amount of aid received
Average amount of aid per student
Federal grants
91
49%
$429,420
$4,719
State / local grant or scholarship
149
81%
$1,042,700
$6,998
Institutional grants or scholarships
185
100%
$2,848,781
$15,399
Grant or scholarship aid total
185
100%
$4,320,901
$23,356
Federal student loans
129
70%
$742,701
$5,757
Other student loans
6
3%
$21,603
$3,601
Student loan aid
129
70%
$764,304
$5,925
Total student aid
185
100%

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