Tuition and Cost to Attend Columbus Technical College

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Georgia residents to go to Columbus Technical College is $15,096 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Georgia residence can expect a one year cost of $17,040. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $4,096.

Undergraduate Tuition

Columbus Technical College tuition is $2,136 per year for in-state residents. This is 35% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,263. The cost is $2,903 and 58% cheaper than the average Georgia tuition of $5,039 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 25th in Georgia amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 29th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $4,080 which represents a 91% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $360 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,496.

Housing Costs

Columbus Technical College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Columbus area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $11,000.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,600.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Columbus Technical College
Expenditure Price
Georgia Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$15,096
   In-State Tuition$2,136
   Other Fees$360
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$11,000
   Books and Supplies$1,600
Georgia Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$4,096
   In-State Tuition$2,136
   Other Fees$360
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$1,600


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $15,096 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Columbus Technical College net price for in-state students $8,499* for the 2013/2014 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

93% of Columbus Technical College students received grant aid in 2013/2014. The average total aid amount was $5,152. 80 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2013/2014 was $4,692. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Columbus Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Columbus Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,499*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid93%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,152
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants80%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,692

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$8,067
$30,001 to $48,000$8,709
$48,001 to $75,000$10,498
$75,001 to $110,000$13,020

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,096 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,096. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $5,152

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Columbus Technical College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 37% - $5,516

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 29% -  $4,428

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Columbus Technical College
Georgia Military College Columbus Campus156.2% more expensive
Chattahoochee Valley Community College58.7% more expensive
South Georgia Technical College0% less expensive
Southern Union State Community College48.1% more expensive
Central Alabama Community College44.4% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Columbus Technical College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Columbus Technical College is $30,192 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $6,468 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $12,936**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Columbus Technical College.

Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,068
Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,548
Non-Georgia Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,040
Non-Georgia Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,520

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Columbus Technical College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Columbus Technical College
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$75
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$225
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$300

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 35% of Columbus Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,516.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Columbus Technical College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $12,936, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $15,931.32. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Columbus Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,468. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Columbus Technical College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Columbus Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$132.76
Amount Borrowed$12,936.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,995.32
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$15,931.32

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Columbus Technical College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Columbus Technical College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $15,931.32 would be needed to afford a $132.76 monthly payment in the example $12,936.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Columbus Technical College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,362 to $2,048. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 10.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $30,192.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Columbus Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$19,748$39,497
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$25,205$50,409
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $32,168$64,336
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $37,239$74,477

Tuition History

What was tuition at Columbus Technical College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$2,031$4,062 33%
2009$1,527$3,054 -1%
2008$1,542$2,838 13.2%
2007$1,362$2,478 0%
2006$1,362$2,478 16.1%
2005$1,173$2,181 3.2%
2004$1,137$2,109 3.7%
2003$1,096$2,032 7.5%
2002$1,020$1,920 3.7%
2001$984$1,848 -7.9%
2000$1,068$2,016 24%
1999$861$1,617 10.2%
1998$781$1,537 0%
1997$781$1,537 3.3%
1996$756$756 15.1%
1995$657$1,224 14.1%
1994$576$1,152 3.8%
1993$555$915 -22.9%
1992$720$1,200 20%
1991$600$1,200 0%
1990$600$1,200 52.7%
1989$393$621 -22.9%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Columbus Technical College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 58 8% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 29 6% cheaper
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 27 7% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 25 3% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 23 15% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 22 19% cheaper
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 21 12% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 15 7% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 13 4% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 12 6% cheaper
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 3% costlier
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other Associate's Degree 11 1% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 10 7% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 10 5% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Associate's Degree 9 8% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Associate's Degree 9 14% cheaper
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 7 7% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 2% costlier
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 6 7% costlier
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 5 14% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 2 5% cheaper
Personal and Culinary Services, Other Associate's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 9% cheaper


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About Columbus Technical College

Columbus Technical College is a two year community college located in Columbus, Georgia.  Full time enrollment is 1,190 and part time is 2,757.  Columbus Technical College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Columbus Technical College
928 Manchester Expy
Columbus, Georgia

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Columbus Technical College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Columbus Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=139357 IPEDS survey data.

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