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Columbia College Offers Military Friendly Options for Student Veterans

Columbia College’s Options for Student Veterans

Columbia College is a higher education institution that serves its students through 34 nationwide locations. Programming at this campus seems to be extensive. However, before drawing conclusions I want to find out what Columbia College does to serve those who served our country.

Columbia College Overview

You can find Columbia College in Columbia, MO, situated equal parts from Kansas City and St. Louis.  This rural, private, 4-year institution offers its 15,647 students associates, bachelors, and masters degree programs.

Columbia College Has Options For Student Veterans

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Ranked Online Degree Programs

Columbia College is proud of its online campus where students can take classes from the comfort of home. Furthermore, 4 of their online degree programs are ranked by US News & World Report ranked:

  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • Best Online MBA Programs
  • Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Military Programs at Columbia

Columbia’s 866 military connected students have financial and academic support available to them through the following programs:

Campus SVA Chapter

Full-time, on-campus Veteran counselor

8 Keys to Veterans Success

Signed VA Principles of Excellence

A Club/Association for Veterans

Offers College Credit for Military Experience

Awards Credit for CLEP & DSST Exams

Approved for TA Funding

Yellow Ribbon Program

Scholarships for Military

Reduced Tuition for Military

**All of the above programs are explained here.


Tuition Realities

Higher education is expensive in the U.S. This isn’t news to anyone. But, no one wants the bills to rack up and have things get hairy. Firstly, have a plan in mind so bills aren’t a surprise. Secondly, choose a school that has extra financial aid options.

As a private institution, Columbia College’s additional military affiliated financial aid can help offset the current in-state tuition price tag of $7,465.

Interesting Fact: Columbia stands out for having some of the lowest tuition rates for graduate credits in comparison to other online degree programs.

Columbia College Has Options For Student Veterans

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Unique Military Programs

The college’s Ousley Family Veterans Service Center  appears to be equipped to support and facilitate the transition to campus. This center is open every weekday for all military associated students & dependents attending Columbia.

Columbia hosts web seminars about different college services as well as seminars specific to military affiliated students. All previous seminars are saved on their website incase you can’t attend them live.

A unique program to Columbia is their Military Transition Team (MTT). This team consists of faculty and staff who go through extensive training of the unique needs of student Veterans and military on campus. The MTT assists in all aspects of college life: financial aid, military credit evaluation, mental health services, & success services.

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What students say

I wanted to know from the source, what is this college like? Columbia’s current and past students give the college an overall score of B- and an average rating of 3.8 out of 5.

Multiple students spoke about the positive impact of diversity on campus life and the influence of a military student presence. 86% of students said the manageability of the course load at Columbia is above average.