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For more than 50 years, active and reserve service members, veterans, and military families have studied and thrived here. We make giving back to your community our top priority: with a reduced tuition rate and comprehensive benefit assistance, you’ll receive the support you deserve at Columbia College.











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Serving You Since 1973

We have served military students and families for half a century, and we are honored to have earned the trust of national organizations through our commitment to your community.

Military Friendly® Top 10 School

Columbia College received a Gold Award as one of the best schools for active military and veteran students.

Purple Heart College

Columbia College supports those who have sacrificed. We are proudly named a Purple Heart College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Society.

Green Zone Trained

Many of our staff and faculty members have received Green Zone Training, so we’re ready to assist you as you transition from service to school.

Don’t Sweat Your Credits

Military Experience

Transfer your military experience and training to save time and money and make the most out of your years spent serving.

College Credit

We make it easy for you to transfer up to 90 hours of college credit from numerous regionally accredited institutions nationwide — so you’ll be on the fast-track to graduation.

Tuition That Empowers You

Our tuition model puts the power of financial control back in your hands, allowing you to plan and budget your education confidently.

current military members1, spouses, dependents2 and installation employees3 
spouses and dependents2 of installation employees3 

$250

Military Undergraduate
per credit hour

$490

Military Graduate
per credit hour

$318.75

Military Undergraduate
per credit hour

$416.50

Military Graduate
per credit hour

1 Currently serving: A member of the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force) that is currently serving whether on Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve status. Members of the Guard and Reserve must be drilling members or on active duty. Service members that are in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) are not considered as currently serving for purposes of the Military-Affiliated Benefit.
2 Dependents must be under the age of 25 prior to the first day of the semester to be eligible to receive the dependent benefit.
3 Installation employees, their spouses and dependents of these installations are eligible for the new Military-Affiliated Benefit.

What Our Students Are Saying

With nearly 100,000 alumni, you'll be in good company as a Columbia College grad.

Joining Columbia College changed my life. Before enrolling, I was experiencing my most unsuccessful years, losing the things that gave my life meaning. In my time with Columbia, I have found the steps to rebuild my life and myself. My success here is exactly what I need to redefine how I see myself and relocate my self-esteem.

Michael Guthrie

Oak Harbor, Washington

As a veteran, Columbia College makes me feel like I'm in the right place.



Andrew Ricks

Veteran, MBA

Columbia College gave me drive. It gave me purpose. It helped me develop a new me, because I had to come up with a new version of me from scratch. Because now that I'm not going to be a military guy, well then, who am I going to be?

Leon Stevenson

Veteran, Student Success Coach

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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.