Columbia College Chicago

Is Columbia a Good School for the Money?

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.

Within Illinois, Columbia is Ranked Below Average in Quality and is Very Overpriced.

Below Average Illinois Value
Below Average Illinois Quality

Columbia College Chicago is ranked #46 out of #61 in Illinois for quality and #50 out of #52 for Illinois value.

This means it is below average in educational quality and yet priced much higher than it should be.

State Value Ranking  50 out of 52
Overpriced
Great Value
State Value Score  3.85 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Find out if Columbia offers in-state tuition that you may qualify for.

Below Average Value Nationwide

Below Average National Value
Below Average National Quality

Columbia College Chicago is ranked #1,431 out of 1,472 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  1431 out of 1472
Overpriced
Great Value
National Value Score  2.78 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade
Blackburn College $70,409 A-
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $103,337 B
Spalding University $103,369 B
California State University - Bakersfield $121,418 D
Ohio Dominican University $129,447 D-
Barry University $148,753 F
Erskine College $151,866 F
Brenau University $162,297 F
Rivier University $166,761 F
Columbia College Chicago $173,413 F

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

We're Looking at a Total Cost of $173,413 for a Columbia Degree

The Columbia time to graduate is about 4.25 years and will cost an estimated $40,803 per year. This brings the total cost to 173,413.

Amount
Average Yearly Cost $40,803
Average Years to Graduate 4.25
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $173,413

Many Factors Affect Net Price

Depending on your personal circumstances, your net price may be well below the average Columbia net price, which could make this school a better value. You may quality for more financial aid, or be able to complete your degree faster than average. Get more details on Columbia cost.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$162,350 In-State With Aid
$204,901 Avg Cost No Aid
4.25 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 $204,901 #1,338 F
All Students $173,413 #1,431 F
Only Students Receiving Aid $162,350 #1,436 F
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $204,901 #50 F
All Students $173,413 #50 F
Only Students Receiving Aid $162,350 #51 F

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

About 89% of Columbia students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Columbia financial aid you may qualify for.

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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