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Residence Hall Housing Requirement Policy

Purpose

Living on campus has been shown to play a significant role in a student’s success. Research indicates that students living on campus generally have a higher grade point average, a higher probability of graduating from college, and generally experience a higher degree of overall satisfaction with college. The purpose of this policy is to outline on campus housing requirements for traditional campus students at Columbia College.

Scope

This policy applies to all full-time traditional campus students under 22 years of age at Columbia College.  

Policy

Columbia College 2020-2021 Housing Requirements 

Full-time Students

All full-time students at the traditional campus with fewer than 60 semester hours completed must live on campus. 

Full-time students at the traditional campus receiving institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75 percent or more of their tuition including Presidential Scholars, Athletics Scholarships, or students receiving the Employee Education Grant (EEG) must live on campus until they have completed 75 credit hours regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they meet another exemption.

Transfer students who receive institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75 percent or more of their tuition and have achieved 60+ credit hours, but who do not meet any other exception, may request an exemption through the appeals process.  

Part-Time/Graduate Students

Part-time students at the traditional campus and graduate students are not required to live on campus, but may submit a request to live on campus to the Director of Residential Life. Housing for graduate and part-time students is dependent upon availability.

Exemptions to the Campus Housing Requirements

Full-time traditional campus students are exempt from the Housing Requirement if they meet one of the following exemptions.

  • Students age 22 or older by the first day of classes of the academic semester for which they are enrolled. 
  • Students receiving less than 75 percent of their tuition from institutional scholarships/aid and who are living at home with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 25-mile radius of the traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri, where such address has been established as the sole, legal and permanent residence of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Students listed as living at home with parents/legal guardians and later found living in off-campus housing not with parents/legal guardians will be assigned a room and meal plan on campus and charged accordingly.
  • Students who are married or living with a legal dependent. A certificate of marriage or legal document showing dependence (i.e. tax return) must be submitted in order for the exception to be granted. Columbia College does not offer married/family housing.
  • Military veterans and active duty service members as defined by federal guidelines.

The Housing Contract is for the duration of the academic year for which the student is registered.

Requests to Live Off Campus 

Any student requesting an exception who does not meet one of the established housing exemptions above must submit their off-campus appeal online through CougarTrack or a  formal letter of appeal outlining his/her reasoning to the director of Residential Life. Students should understand, however, that few exceptions are made given that the evidence suggests that on-campus living is a significant aspect of student academic and personal success. If you choose not to complete the appeal online please mail your letters to: 

Director of Residential Life
Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

If you have any questions about the appeals process, e-mail reslife@ccis.edu. 

When submitting your appeal you will need to provide the following information:  

  • Student's name and permanent address 
  • Documented and supported reasons that require off-campus exemption
  • Semester(s) requesting to live off campus

The Director will review all appeals and render a decision. Once a decision has been made, the student will be notified. If the appeal is denied, the student's final option is to appeal to the Dean for Student Affairs. 

Columbia College 2019-2020 Housing Requirements 

Full-time Students  

All full-time Day Campus students with fewer than 75 semester hours completed must live on campus. 

Full-time Day Campus students receiving institutional scholarships/aid totaling 75% or more of their Tuition including Presidential Scholars, Athletics Scholarships, or students receiving the Employee Education Grant (EEG) must live on campus regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they meet another exemption. 

Part-Time/Graduate Students  

Part-time Day students and Graduate Students are not required to live on campus, but may submit a request to live on-campus to the Director of Residential Life.  Housing for Graduate and Part-time students is dependent upon availability.     

Exemptions to the Campus Housing Requirements 

Full-time Day Campus students are exempt from the Housing Requirement if they meet one of the following exemptions.   

  • Students living at home with parents or legal guardians’ within a 25 mile radius of the main campus in Columbia, MO, where such address has been established as the sole, legal and permanent residence of the parents’ or legal guardians’ who receive LESS than 75% of their tuition from institutional scholarships/aid. Students listed as living at home with parents/legal guardians and later found living in off-campus housing not with parents/legal guardians will be assigned a room and meal plan on campus and charged accordingly. 
  • Married students (requires marriage certificate for review). Columbia College does not offer married/family housing.
  • Students who are parents or legal guardians of dependent minor children (requires dependent birth certificate for review). Columbia College does not offer married/family housing. 
  • Students age 22 or older by the first day of classes of the Academic Semester for which they are enrolled.
  • Military veterans as defined by federal guidelines.
  • Transfer students who have achieved 60+ credit hours, but who do not meet any other exception, may request an exemption through the appeals process if they already have established their residence within a 25 mile radius of the main campus in Columbia, MO. 

The Housing Contract is for the duration of the academic year for which the student is registered. 

Students seeking exemption from the college’s residency requirement who do not meet an exemption listed here must complete and submit an appeal to the Director for Residential Life. The appeals process is available on our website at https://www.ccis.edu/offices/campuslife/residentiallife/housingrequirement.aspx  

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