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Semester Tuition & Fees

sunny daySince Summer Quarter 2006, Columbus State students have been paying $79.00 per credit hour or $3,555 a year for students taking 15 hours per quarter to total 45 credit hours during an academic year. (Full-time status requires a minimum of 12 hours per quarter or per semester.) Adjusted for inflation, Columbus State students are actually paying 3% less for tuition than they paid in 2003! In 2009, the Board of Trustees technically raised tuition $2.75 per credit hour (pch), but waived the increase. That meant students continued to pay the $79 amount.

The waiver of this 3.5 percent tuition increase will expire at the end of Summer Quarter 2012, due to a number of budgetary uncertainties. The tuition rate for the 2012-2013 Academic Year will reflect the cancellation of the waiver.

Because the college is converting to a semester-based calendar this autumn, students will pay a tuition rate of $122.62 per semester credit hour for in-state students. This rate is based on the length of semesters (5 weeks longer than quarters or 1½ times longer than quarters) and includes the 3.5 percent tuition hike.

A student taking 30 semester hours per year * (15 hours each semester and equivalent to 45 quarter hours per year) will pay $3,679 per year, an increase of approximately $124 annually.

$122.62 pch  x 30 semester credit hours (15 hours per semester) = $3,679 annual tuition under semesters
$79.00 pch  x 45 quarter credit hours     (15 hours per quarter)    = $3,555 annual tuition under quarters
    $124 more per year for FT students taking (15 hrs/semester)

The majority of Columbus State students attend part-time so the financial impact will be even lower for them, about $62 more next year. This compares to tuition at public four-year universities of more than $9, 600 per year and at private nonprofit colleges or universities of more than $27,200.  

Credit Hours Ohio Resident Non-Resident of Ohio International Students
1 122.62 271.50 325.87
2 245.24 543.00 651.74
3 367.86 814.50 977.61
4 490.48 1,086.00 1,303.48
5 613.10 1,357.50 1,629.35
6 735.72 1,629.00 1,955.22
7 858.34 1,900.50 2,281.09
8 980.96 2,172.00 2,606.96
9 1,103.58 2,443.50 2,932.83
10 1,226.20 2,715.00 3,258.70
11 1,348.82 2,986.50 3,584.57
12 1,471.44 3,258.00 3,910.44
13 1,594.06 3,529.50 4,236.31
14 1,716.68 3,801.00 4,562.18
15 1,839.30 4,072.50 4,888.05
16 1,961.92 4,344.00 5,213.92
17 2,084.54 4,615.50 5,539.79
18 2,207.16 4,887.00 5,865.66
19 or more 122.62 271.50 325.87
 . per additional credit hour per additional credit hour per additional credit hour

General Information regarding semesters and tuition:

  • Although you will pay more at the start of each semester, there are fewer semesters in a year.
  • You won’t pay more over the course of the academic year due to semesters alone.
  • Annual Financial Aid disbursements will be proportionately divided to meet semester needs.

*To be considered a full-time student, you must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Because many semester courses earn fewer hours of credit, you may have to schedule more classes per semester than you did per quarter to meet full-time status.