Online Tuition Payments

In order to process an online tuition payment, we’ll need the student’s full name, Columbia College email address and ID number, as well as date of birth.

How to Pay 

You may pay by credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. You may also pay by E-check which will create an ACH draft from your bank account. Payments made on this site by 3:00 pm are posted to your tuition account the next business day.

Payments are first applied to any outstanding balance, which may be from a prior semester, then to the most recent balance.

We use a secure third-party site to accept payments.

Make a Payment

Set Up a Payment Plan

Payment plans are administered by a third party, Nelnet. Information about plans is available here:
Note: Payment plans are only for upcoming academic terms.

If you'd like to set up a tuition payment plan, visit the Nelnet Enterprise section of Koala Connection below:


Students: If someone is paying on your behalf, you MUST first set them up as an Authorized Payer on your Nelnet account.
Authorized Payers: If you are paying on behalf of the student, the student must set up their account first and then add you as an Authorized Payer.

Should you encounter any problems setting up your account or payment plan, Nelnet customer service is available at 800-609-8056.


Please contact the Tuition Accounts Office by email at or by phone at 803.786.3612, option 1 for questions. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Please be sure to include your full name and Columbia College ID number in your email.