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Is Columbia a Good School for the Money?

Below Average National Value
Unknown In-State Value
$169,369 Avg Total Cost

Columbia College Chicago Value Report

Is Columbia worth the money? Read College Factual's annual Columbia value report to determine if the school is priced fairly for the quality of education they provide.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Top 15% National Quality
Slightly Overpriced

Columbia College Chicago is ranked #1,447 out of 2,223 for value nationwide.

Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Columbia College Chicago is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)

National Value Ranking  1447 out of 2223
Great Value
National Value Score  35.43 out of 100
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

Bottom Line: You'll Spend an Estimated $169,369 For That Piece of Paper

On average, a bachelor's degree from Columbia will cost you about $169,369. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $40,616 and a typical 4.17 years to graduate.

Average Yearly Cost $40,616
Average Years to Graduate 4.17
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $169,369

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Consider the average Columbia student takes 4.17 years to complete their degree. If you can complete your degree faster than that you will save money. This is just one way your Columbia degree may cost less than average.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$159,302 In-State With Aid
$203,071 Avg Cost No Aid
4.17 Years to Graduate

Net price can vary based on your unique situation.

Look at the table below to get a sense of how Columbia value for your educational dollar might vary.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $203,071 #0 F
All Students $169,369 #1,447 D+
Only Students Receiving Aid $159,302 #2,012 F
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $203,071 # F
All Students $169,369 # F
Only Students Receiving Aid $159,302 # F

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of Illinois.

About 98% of Columbia students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Columbia financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Finance The Gap

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average Columbia cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.


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