Understanding the Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance is an estimated total cost that is calculated to help students and their families understand what they should expect to spend for the upcoming academic year. The Cost of Attendance includes the comprehensive fee that will be billed the Student Account and any out-of-pocket expenses that the student may incur, including personal expenses, books, and travel/transportation.

2018-19 Cost of Attendance

Comprehensive Fee*

Personal and Books


Estimated Cost of Attendance:



$50 – $1,300

$71,250 – $72,500


*The comprehensive fee includes tuition, room, and board. It also includes an allocation for the Student Government Association and funding for use of college health services (not including student health insurance).

**Travel/transportation costs vary depending upon the U.S. or Canadian home address.

Incoming first-year students will be billed the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT) fee of $275.

Health Insurance

The College requires all students enrolled in a Colby-billed program to have health insurance. Colby offers a health insurance plan for students administered by Cross Insurance.

The Colby health insurance plan will be waived for students who provide proof of comparable coverage on the Health Insurance Registration Form. If a student is unable to provide proof of comparable health insurance coverage, the Student Account will be billed the health insurance fee. Thus, health insurance may be an additional expense for some students.

For more information regarding deadlines, costs, and coverage, visit our Health Insurance General Information page.

Work-Study and Student Employment

Some students receiving financial aid qualify for federal work-study, a federal program that subsidizes term-time jobs. Students interested in participating in the America Reads program MUST have a federal work-study award.

Income from a student’s work-study or employment can be used to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses that may be incurred. Students may also elect to use their work-study earnings toward any balances due on their Student Accounts.

For more information regarding work-study and student employment, visit the Student Employment General Information page.