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Columbia College supports military spouses
Tuesday, December 09, 2008

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Columbia College was recently named one of America's "Top 20 Military Friendly Colleges and Universities" by Military Advanced Education. Now, the college has extended that support to military spouses.

"We recognize the sacrifice that spouses of military servicemembers must make," said Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College. "That's why we offer various ways to make earning a college degree more affordable for military spouses."

Columbia College currently offers these opportunities to military spouses:

Military Spouse Tuition Discount Spouses of active, Guard or Reserve military personnel can receive a 20 percent tuition discount for in-seat classes. To be eligible, a military spouse must show a valid military spouse I.D. and not be eligible for tuition assistance under another program.

Spouses Opportunity Scholarship Spouses of active military personnel who are seeking their first degree can take their first, in-seat class at Columbia College for free.

Two-in-Family Grant When two or more immediate family members are enrolled in six credit hours each, they each may receive a $75 tuition discount per session. The grant is renewable with good academic standing and continued full-time enrollment for both family members.

Columbia College has a long tradition of supporting military personnel. It began educating military servicemembers in 1973. Today, more than one-third of Columbia College's 25,000 annual student population is comprised of military, military dependents or veterans. One half of the college's 34 campuses are on military bases, including one in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Through a partnership with the University of Missouri-Columbia, the college is affiliated with all three ROTC programs, allowing students to earn commissions in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps while pursuing a degree with Columbia College.

Columbia College also is a GoArmyED and eArmyU partner; has joined the Navy’s Distance Learning Partnership program; participates in the Air Force and Marine Corps academic portals and has established solid working relationships with the Army National Guard, Coast Guard and Community College of the Air Force. Columbia College is a charter member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates 25,000 students each year and has more than 61,000 alumni worldwide.