Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Columbus State Community College tuition is $3,808 per year for in-state residents. This is 18% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 60% cheaper than the average Ohio tuition of $10,591 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 16th in Ohio amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 71st most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $8,430 which represents a 121% premium.

Housing Costs

Columbus State Community 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 $7,290.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,528.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $2,268 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Ohio residents to go to Columbus State is $14,894 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Ohio residence can expect a one year cost of $19,516. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,604.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Columbus State Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Columbus State Community College
Estimated Budgets
Ohio Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$14,894
   In-State Tuition$3,808
   Other Fees$0
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$7,290
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,268
   Books and Supplies$1,528
Ohio Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$7,604
   In-State Tuition$3,808
   Other Fees$0
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,268
   Books and Supplies$1,528


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 $14,894 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 State net price for in-state students is $5,719* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of Columbus State Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,706. 52 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,873. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Columbus State Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Columbus State Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,719*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,706
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants52%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,873

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 published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,168
$30,001 to $48,000$5,814
$48,001 to $75,000$8,531
$75,001 to $110,000$9,829

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,894 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,894. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $4,706

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

Federal Loans

 44% - $5,582

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

Out of Pocket

 19% -  $2,338

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 2014-2015 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 State Community College
Central Ohio Technical College12.8% more expensive
Clark State Community College23.5% less expensive
Marion Technical College7.1% more expensive
Zane State College19.7% more expensive
Hocking College2.9% less 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 State Community 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 State is $29,788 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 $4,849 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $9,698**

**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 2014-2015 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

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 State Community 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 State Community College
Price per credit hour for Ohio residents$136
Cost for one class for Ohio residents (3 credit hours)$408
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$301
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$903
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,204


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. 72% of Columbus State Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,582.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Columbus State Community 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 $9,698, 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 $12,032.99. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Columbus State Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $4,849. 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 State Community 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 State Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$100.27
Amount Borrowed$9,698.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,334.99
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$12,032.99

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Columbus State? 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 State Community 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 $12,032.99 would be needed to afford a $100.27 monthly payment in the example $9,698.00 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 State Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,400 to $3,808. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.4%. 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 $29,788.00. 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 State Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$19,484$38,968
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$24,867$49,735
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $31,738$63,475
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $36,740$73,481

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Columbus State Community 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 639 12% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 186 3% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 131 10% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 77 4% cheaper
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 62 7% costlier
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other Associate's Degree 60 13% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 50 4% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 43 1% costlier
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production Associate's Degree 42 8% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 41 0% costlier
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 40 1% cheaper
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 34 11% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 30 8% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 29 2% cheaper
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 28 0% cheaper
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other Associate's Degree 27 23% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 26 2% cheaper
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Associate's Degree 25 14% cheaper
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 22 6% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Associate's Degree 22 13% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 21 1% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Associate's Degree 21 7% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 21 12% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 20 4% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 19 10% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 18 0% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 18 4% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 17 8% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 17 14% costlier
Commercial Photography Associate's Degree 17 6% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 15 0% cheaper
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 15 4% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 14 0% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 14 6% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Associate's Degree 12 11% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 1% cheaper
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 13% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 10 1% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 10 0% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Associate's Degree 10 11% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Associate's Degree 9 9% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 8 7% cheaper
Real Estate Associate's Degree 7 3% cheaper
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 6 16% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 4% cheaper
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 4 11% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 3 4% cheaper
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 3 6% costlier
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management Associate's Degree 3 39% cheaper
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 2 9% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Marketing, Other Associate's Degree 1 21% cheaper


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About Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College is a two year community college located in Columbus, Ohio.  Full time enrollment is 7,025 and part time is 20,084.  Columbus State Community 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. Learn more about Columbus State Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Columbus State Community College
550 E Spring St
Columbus, Ohio

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Columbus State Community 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 State Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202222 IPEDS survey data.