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[Columbia, Mo.] - In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, Columbia College president, announced that the college will offer free tuition - up to six credit hours for accelerated on-campus classes - to assist interested students displaced from Gulf Coast colleges and universities. "We will do everything possible to accommodate displaced students and assist them as they continue their education," Brouder said.
Students may seek to transfer to Columbia College at any of its 30 Nationwide Campuses, including the Evening Campus in Columbia, Mo. With its nationwide system, Columbia College can provide students with a choice of multiple locations and flexible scheduling. With 30 locations, students may find a Columbia College campus near their own hometown or a relative's home if temporary or permanent relocation is necessary.
Since the fall semester is currently well under way, students are encouraged to enroll in the eight-week session that begins Oct. 24 and ends Dec. 17. Students enrolled in the eight-week accelerated classes with six credit hours have full-time status, providing them with federal financial aid options. The college also will waive the admission fee.
"With 30 Nationwide Campuses, Columbia College offers displaced students considerable flexibility in terms of available locations, as well as the convenience of accelerated eight-week classes," said Brouder. "Our multiple venues position us to accommodate these students in ways that many other colleges and universities cannot."
Displaced students interested in learning more about attending Columbia College should call the admissions office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7352.
Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies program.
The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College and was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational.