CCAD tuition & fees

Tuition & Fees

Your college education is a major investment in you—your work, your passions, and your vision for the future. Whether you use scholarships, loans, grants, on-campus employment, or some combination of all of the above, there are many options and opportunities that can make Columbus College of Art & Design possible for you financially. The whole financial aid process can feel a little overwhelming if you don’t live and breathe it every day like we do. There seems to be a ton of paperwork, legal speak, tax returns, acronyms, deadlines, IDs, gah! We want to make it all easier to understand so that nothing holds you back from attending CCAD.

 

What to expect and understanding costs

There’s no one-sticker-price-fits-all when it comes to any college’s costs. No exception for CCAD. What you’ll pay to attend CCAD will depend on a lot of things. First and foremost, there’s the issue of how much of it will be covered by financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid (like scholarships or grants). There are also costs beyond tuition you’ll want to consider; things like lab fees, books, and supplies. Costs will also vary based on where you decide to live, what (and where) you want to eat, and more day-to-day decision making. That brings us to an important topic: Cost of attendance vs. net price.

 

The difference between cost of attendance and net price is important.

The cost of attendance (or COA) is the total estimated cost for one academic year of college before financial aid is applied. The COA is determined by each individual school based on the unique expenses associated with that school, and it includes more than the direct billed charges that you might see on a billing statement from the school. Tuition and fees, housing, food, transportation, books and supplies, and other additional educational-related expenses are included in a COA and may vary based on your choices.

 

You want to focus on net price.

Meanwhile, the net price is an estimate of the actual cost that a student and their family need to pay in a given year to cover education expenses for the student to attend a particular school. Net price is determined by taking the institution’s cost of attendance and subtracting any grants and scholarships for which the student may be eligible. Remember, the majority of CCAD students receive some form of aid, so chances are likely that your net cost will be different from the cost of attendance at CCAD.

 

Estimate your net price with the Net Price Calculator*.

This tool will analyze your expected family contribution (EFC) and provide an estimate of your cost to attend CCAD, as well as the federal, state, and institutional financial aid for which you may qualify. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you’ll get a wealth of info that can help you see the big picture. And seeing the big picture is best as you decide which college is the ideal fit for you. Go to ccad.studentaidcalculator.com for your cost estimate.

 

Not sure where to start? We can help before you even apply to CCAD. Contact a financial aid counselor at financialaid@ccad.edu or 614.222.3295 to ask any questions you have about what comes next...or for further clarification on what FAFSA, EFC, DRT, etc. mean in real life.

Let’s Talk Numbers

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

Non-refundable tuition deposit: $300

CCAD tuition: $35,880 per year; $17,940 per semester (12–18 credit hours)

Additional credit hours: $1,495 per credit hour for each additional hour over 18

Registration fee: $120 per year; $60 per semester (nonrefundable)

General fee: $250 per year; $125 per semester (nonrefundable)

Technology and Resource fee: $500 per year; $250 per semester

Health and accident insurance for international students only: $931 per semester

 

Room and meal plans for FIRST-YEAR students:

Schottenstein Residence Hall: Shared double room: $9,680 per year; $4,840 per semester (required meal plan included in this rate)

Design Square Apartments: Four-bedroom: $11,970 per year; $5,985 per semester (required meal plan included in this rate)

 

Room and meal plans for RETURNING students:

Design Square Apartments:

Two-bedroom: $8,910 per year; $4,455 per semester (required meal plan not included in this rate)

Four-bedroom: $8,260 per year; $4,130 per semester (required meal plan not included in this rate)

 

Meal plans:

Gold Plan (250 meals and $100 flex): $3,710 per year; $1,855 per semester (required for all incoming students)

Silver Plan (175 meals and $125 flex): $2,900 per year; $1,450 per semester

Bronze Plan (125 meals and $150 flex): $2,230 per year; $1,115 per semester

Commuter Plan A (45 meals and $50 flex): $860 per year; $430 per semester

Commuter Plan B (75 meals and $100 flex): $1,420 per year; $710 per semester

Area off-campus apartments: Rates range from $350 to $850 per month

Food and other costs: An average of $250 to $550 per month

 

Art supplies and books: New first-year and transfer students are billed an additional estimated $795 to their first-semester tuition cost. The one-time supply charge covers your art supply kits and textbooks. However, throughout the course of the first year, you should anticipate the purchase of additional supplies. Returning students purchase their own textbooks and supplies throughout the year as directed by their instructors. Students receive a 10% discount on most items at the CCAD Supply Store.

 

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 Graduate Tuition & Fees

Application fee: $65 (nonrefundable)

Non-refundable tuition deposit: $300 (applied to tuition and fees; if you defer your very first semester, payment may be reassigned only to the immediately following semester)

CCAD tuition: $35,880 per year; $17,940 per semester (12–18 credit hours)

Additional credit hours: $1,495 per credit hour for each additional hour over 18

Registration fee: $120 per year; $60 per semester (nonrefundable)

General fee: $250 per year; $125 per semester (nonrefundable)

Technology and Resource fee: $500 per year; $250 per semester

Health and accident insurance for international students only: $931 per semester

 

Room and meal plans for GRADUATE students:

If you choose to live on campus, graduate student housing is available in CCAD's Design Square Apartments.

  • Two-bedroom: $8,910 per year; $4,455 per semester
  • Four-bedroom: $8,260 per year; $4,130 per semester

 

Meal plans:

Gold Plan (250 meals and $100 flex): $3,710 per year; $1,855 per semester (required for all incoming students)

Silver Plan (175 meals and $125 flex): $2,900 per year; $1,450 per semester

Bronze Plan (125 meals and $150 flex): $2,230 per year; $1,115 per semester

Commuter Plan A (45 meals and $50 flex): $860 per year; $430 per semester

Commuter Plan B (75 meals and $100 flex): $1,420 per year; $710 per semester

 

Area off-campus apartments: Rates range from $350 to $850 per month

Food and other costs: An average of $250 to $550 per mont


Please use the Net Price Calculator for a description of costs and to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid.​