Columbia College Helps Veterans With Tuition Costs
COLUMBIA - Military veterans attending Columbia College got good news: They'll be able to continue their education even if the government remains shut down.
Tuition assistance to active duty service members stopped when the shutdown went into effect Oct. 1, but as the shutdown continues veterans may see tuition assistance cut off as well.
Officials at Columbia College have taken a proactive step to allow veterans to defer tuition costs, an option previously available only to active duty service members.
Assistant Dean of Military and Federal Programs Mike Lederle said this step is not an indication that VA money has run out or will soon. He said Columbia College encourages veterans at the school to enroll in the tuition deferral program as a precaution in case VA money does run out.
Columbia College offers two options for veterans:
1. A liberal withdrawal policy where veterans can withdraw from classes by Nov. 29 without financial or academic penalties, provided they are currently receiving a passing grade.
2. Enroll in a payment plan that works on a 6-month period.
Lederle said it's important to give veterans every opportunity to continue their education in the event their government benefits are cut off. Lederle said Columbia College serves around 9,300 veterans worldwide.