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Estimate Your Net Cost

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We are pleased to offer two options to assist your family with estimating your net cost and the financial aid for which you may qualify. These tools provide estimates using the financial aid policies of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering only. Please keep in mind the following:

  • The results calibrated from either tool are only as accurate as the information you provide.

  • The Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing is the final authority on a student’s eligibility for aid. These tools are intended to provide an approximation of your expected contribution and eligibility for aid.

  • Special circumstances are treated on a case by case basis. This information should be communicated in writing directly to the Office of Financial Aid at the time of your application.

MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator

  • The MyinTuition Quick College Cost Estimator asks six basic household questions to calculate an estimate of the amount your family may be expected to contribute.
  • This tool is most beneficial to families with straightforward and less complex financial circumstances.

  • The form can take approximately 3 minutes to complete.

  • Based on the information you submit, the Quick College Cost Estimator will provide a range of what your family may be asked to contribute, including a Student and Parent Contribution and Student Work-Study.

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Net Price Calculator

  • The Net Price Calculator is a comprehensive calculator that asks a number of detailed questions to calculate an estimate of the amount your family may be expected to contribute.

  • It may be necessary to refer to the student’s and parents’ most recent federal tax returns in order to complete the form accurately.

  • The form can take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

  • Based on the information you submit, the Net Price Calculator will provide an estimated Net Price, including a Parent Contribution, Student Contribution and Student Self-Help for one year at Columbia.

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These tools will help you gain an understanding of what your family contribution could be, but please understand that these are only estimates. The simpler your financial situation is, the more accurate your estimate is likely to be. Many families have complex financial circumstances which require a detailed, individual review in order to finalize accurate need-based eligibility. A calculator cannot factor in all of your unique personal circumstances. Some circumstances that could impact the accuracy of your results for either calculator include:

  • Parents who are self-employed or own some/all of a business, corporation and/or partnership.

  • Families living outside the United States.

  • Divorced or separated parents.

  • Families with more than one student in college.