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Columbia College of Missouri waives application fee for veteran students

COLUMBIA, Mo., March 6 - Columbia College of Missouri is pleased to announce that it will waive application fees for veteran students starting with the March Session, which begins March 17. The fee waiver is available to new veteran students enrolling in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

"As an institution, we pride ourselves on helping service members and veterans further their educational goals," said Mike Lederle, assistant dean for Military and Federal Programs at Columbia College. "Lifelong learning is critical for our veterans and their families, and waiving the application fee allows them to take the first step toward achieving their educational goals.

To be eligible, new veteran students need to have been honorably discharged and must provide their DD214, DD215, NGB22 or NGB23 to verify veteran status.

More than 25 percent of Columbia College of Missouri students either are service members, veterans or their dependents. The college has been named "best for vets" by Military Times and "military friendly" by Military Advanced Education.

Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in the state of Illinois, located in Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport, and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees. In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes. Today, over 38 years later, the Columbia College of Missouri campuses in Illinois serve more than 2,250 students annually. There are more than 4,700 Columbia College alumni in the state of Illinois, the third largest college alumni population in the nation.

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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 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 of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

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