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Columbia College to assist Mid-Continent University students

Columbia College will offer the “Stay a Cougar” program, which is designed to help students affected by the recent closure of Mid-Continent University.

The program includes transfer grants for MCU students, as well as access to enrollment professionals from the college. Representatives will be on hand Wednesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Western Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation to speak with students about academic programs, financial aid, transfer credit and admission.

“As an institution, we are committed to helping MCU students,” said Tery Donelson, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management at Columbia College. “While this is an unfortunate situation, it’s our hope that the “Stay a Cougar” program helps keep these students on track to meet their educational goals.”

MCU students must provide a transcript, and the college will do a full degree audit and offer financial assistance. Students also would be eligible for Columbia College’s general institutional aid packages for which they qualify.

This aid would include, but not be limited to, the following:

Stone (Merit) Scholarships: Using the student’s cumulative MCU GPA for initial eligibility, students will receive the appropriate tuition scholarship, 3.2 cum GPA (25% tuition discount), 3.4 cum GPA (50% tuition discount) and 3.6 cum GPA (60% discount). Students requalify for this scholarship each year based on the Columbia College cumulative GPA and the completion of 27 credit hours annually.

Disciples of Christ Award ($1000): Students from any DOC church receive the annual scholarship with a letter from their pastor. This is renewable for a total of four years.

MCU Transfer Grant: A guarantee that every student who transfers to the traditional program will receive a minimum of a 10% tuition grant, renewable for a total of four years.

Fixed-rate tuition: Columbia College students pay the initial tuition rate their first year of full-time attendance, and that rate stays fixed for a total of five years. Columbia College will use the first full-semester the student attended MCU to establish the starting rate.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu. ###