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.
This policy applies to all full-time traditional campus students under 22 years of age at Columbia College.
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.
Nontraditional, Part-Time and Graduate Students
Nontraditional students, part-time students and graduate students at the traditional campus are not required to live on campus, but may submit a request to live on campus to the Director of Residential Life. Housing for nontraditional, part-time and graduate students is dependent upon availability.
Minor students may not live in residence halls without parental consent and written permission of the Dean for Students or designee.
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.
- 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)/Tuition Exchange (TE) must live on campus until they have completed 75 credit hours regardless of their parents’ or legal guardians’ address until they meet another exemption.
- 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
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
If you have any questions about the appeals process, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.