Tuition & Fees

Annual Tuition and Fees

The Annual Tuition and Fee cost is dependent on whether a student chooses to attend Full-Time or Part-time.  The following annual schedule of tuition and fees represents the annual cost a student can expect to pay each year based on their enrollment selection of either Full-Time or Part-Time attendance.  

Student’s who choose to attend Full-time generally take 3 or 4 courses per academic term (12 or 16 units).  Student’s who choose to attend Part-Time take 2 courses per academic term (8 units).  Although students may register for 12 units and still be considered full-time, enrolling in 12 units per academic term will lead to an estimated graduation timeline exceeding 5 years. Enrolling in 16 units per academic term is the standard full-time enrollment selection to graduate in 4 years. Enrolling in 16 units is also the most cost efficient method to obtain your degree by limiting additional expenses for housing and related costs and keeping student loans to a minimum.

Students should also keep in mind that they must attend at least Half-Time in order to receive federal financial aid.

 Annual Fees (effective Fall 2017)                   

Option A
(16 Units)

Option B
(12 Units)

(8 Units)





Production and Student Accident Insurance




Annual Total




We recommend that new students and parents use our New Student Estimated Billing Worksheet as a tool in order to determine the out-of-pocket costs you might incur to attend CCH.

Quarterly Tuition

Columbia College Hollywood bills tuition and fees at the beginning of each academic quarter.  Effective Fall 2017, the cost per credit is $500.00 per credit unit.  For students who start their students in Summer 2017, the cost per credit is $455.00.  The only additional enrollment fee charged is a quarterly production and student accident insurance fee of $165.00 per academic quarter. 

Schedule of Administrative Fees (Non-Refundable)

Admissions Application Fee


Housing Application Fee


Transcript – Standard Fee


Transcript - Rush Fee


Equipment Abandonment Fee (per item)


Degree Petition/Diploma Replacement Fee


Production and Student Accident Insurance Fee (quarterly)


Health Insurance (optional) – monthly


Deferred Payment Plan Processing Fee


Late Payment Fee (monthly)


Late Equipment Return Fee (per item per day)


NSF Check Fee/Returned ACH deposit fee


Late Registration Fee


Tuition and Fees are Subject to Change With 30 Days Notice.  

To receive comparable program information related to tuition and program length, contact:

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue #100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-5001

Tuition Due Dates

Tuition and related fees for each quarter are due and payable prior to the end of the second Friday of classes except for students on full financial aid. Deferred tuition arrangements may be made by contacting the Business Office prior to the end of the second week of classes. The deferred tuition plan allows students to pay three equal payments of their tuition balance on set dates during the academic quarter. All students electing to pay tuition on a deferred basis will be assessed a one time $50.00 processing fee, and any payment received after the respective due date will incur an additional $25.00 late fee. Students who have not made a payment by the second week of classes will automatically be enrolled in the deferred payment plan. Any student who fails to make a tuition payment on time may have their enrollment suspended and be denied admission to his or her classes until payment is submitted.

Housing Due Dates

Quarterly housing payments are due in full 30 days prior to the first day specified in your housing contract.  For students who wish to defer housing payments, students have the option of paying on the 1st day of each month, similar to traditional rent arrangements.  Students wishing to pay in this manner are assessed a one-time $50.00 processing fee, and students moving into housing for the first time are required to pay the first month’s rent payment in advance.  Any future payments received after the 5th day of the month will incur an additional $25.00 late fee. All tuition and housing administrative fees that are assessed are nonrefundable.

Veterans Benefits – GI Bill

Columbia College Hollywood has been approved for the training of Veterans and eligible persons.  The College is also an approved Yellow Ribbon program participant and approved by the California State Veterans Education Association.  Please visit the VA website at or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) for information on your eligibility and how to obtain your certificate of eligibility.

For more information please visit our VA Information Page.

Cancellation Refund Policy

You have the right to cancel your program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later.   After the end of the cancellation period you also have the right to withdraw and stop school at any time, and you have the right to receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled hours in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance. 

1. Cancellation will occur when the student provides a written notice of cancellation at the following address: Columbia College Hollywood, Attn: Student Services Office, 18618 Oxnard Street Tarzana, CA 91356.  This can be done by mail, by hand delivery or by fax.

2. The written notice of cancellation, whether sent by mail, hand delivery or fax, is effective when received by us. 

3. The written notice of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, it is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement.

4. If the Enrollment Agreement is cancelled, the College will refund the student any money he/she paid, less a registration or administration fee not to exceed $235.00, and less any deduction for equipment not returned in good condition, within 45 days after the notice of cancellation is received.

The Cancellation and Refund Policy does not apply to withdrawal from individual classes throughout the quarter. This Cancellation and Refund Policy applies only to cancellation of the registration for all classes for the quarter. This Cancellation and Refund Policy meets the Federal and accrediting agency requirements for providing a fair and equitable refund policy for students who cancel or terminate their enrollment at CCH. The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 define a “fair and equitable refund policy” as one that provides for a refund of at least the largest amount according to the State of California Pro Rata Refund Policy or the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy (as applicable).

Withdrawal Refund Policy

You may withdraw from Columbia College Hollywood any time after the cancellation period (described above) and receive a pro rata refund if you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled hours in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance.  The refund will be less a registration or administration fee not to exceed $235.00, and less any deduction for equipment not returned in good condition, within 45 days of withdrawal.  If a student has completed more than 60% of the period of attendance for which the student was charged, the tuition is considered earned and no refund is given.  For the purpose of determining a refund under this section, a student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from a program of instruction when any of the following occurs:

1) The student notifies the institution of the student’s withdrawal.

2) The institution terminates the student’s enrollment for failure to maintain satisfactory progress; failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution; absences in excess of maximum set forth by the institution; and/or failure to meet financial obligations to the School.

3) Failure to return from a leave of absence. 

The amount owed equals the hourly charge for the program (total institutional charge, minus non-refundable fees, divided by the hours in the term), multiplied by the number of hours scheduled to attend, prior to withdrawal.  Students who have had an outstanding debt for 120 days or longer will be sent to an outside collection agency.  Collection costs including attorney’s fees, court costs, agency commissions, and other assessments incurred to collect your unpaid account balance will be added to your student account balance.

If any portion of the tuition was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund shall be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the state or federal agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan.  Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student. 

If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

Return of Title IV Funds

All institutions participating in the Student Financial Aid (FSA) Programs are required to use a statutory schedule to determine the amount of FSA Program funds a student has earned when s/he ceases attendance based on the payment period the student was in attendance. A payment period at CCH is one quarter term. The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 require that if a recipient of FSA Program assistance withdraws from school during a payment period in which the recipient begins attendance, CCH must calculate the amount of FSA Program assistance the student did not earn and those funds must be returned. If the student is receiving financial aid, a Return of Title IV Funds calculation will be made, and the funds will be returned to the sources. Up through the 60% in each period of enrollment, a pro rata schedule is used to determine how much FSA Program funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal.

After the 60% point in the payment period, a student has earned 100% of the FSA Program funds. The student’s withdrawal date is the last date of attendance determined from CCH’s attendance rosters. The percentage of the payment period is the total number of calendar days in the payment period for which the assistance is awarded divided into the number of calendar days completed in that period as of the day the student withdrew. CCH must return the amount of FSA program funds that the student does not earn. If CCH must return Federal funds received by students who withdraw prior to completing 60% of a given payment period, the student may owe CCH the portion of funds returned that CCH is otherwise entitled to, based on CCH’s approved and applicable refund policy.

Refunds on behalf of Federal Student Aid recipients must be distributed in the following order: Unsubsidized Stafford Loans; Subsidized Stafford Loans; PLUS Loans; Pell Grants; SEOG; other Federal, State, private or institutional sources of aid; the student. The institution shall pay or credit refunds due on a timely basis, not to exceed thirty (30) days following the date upon which the student’s withdrawal has been determined for non-Federal Stafford or PLUS loans, and not to exceed sixty (60) days for the Federal Student and PLUS Loan programs. If the student received Federal financial assistance for living expenses prior to withdrawal from CCH, partial or full repayment of that aid may be required of the student. The repayment amount is determined by the expenses accrued from the beginning of the quarter to the last day of attendance and by the amount of financial aid received, excluding the Federal Student Loan programs and Federal Work-Study wages.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the State of California legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from losing money if tuition is prepaid and the school closes unexpectedly, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment. The College assesses this fee to students upfront at enrollment and the fee is $0.50 per $1,000 of institutional charges for your entire program.

To qualify for an STRF reimbursement, the student must file a Student Tuition Recovery Fund application within two years of receiving notice from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) that the school is closed. If the student did not receive notice from BPPE, the student has four years from the date of closure to file a Student Tuition Recovery Fund application, assuming no judgment has yet been obtained. Once a judgment is obtained, the student has only two years from the final judgment date in which to file an application.

The student is advised to keep copies of the enrollment agreement, all financial aid papers, receipts or any other documentation of monies paid to the College. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to:

P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, California 95798-0818


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