In Columbia College’s ongoing effort to serve veteran students, the college recently announced it will waive application fees for veteran students.

The fee waiver is available to new veteran students enrolling in undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is applicable with the March Session, which begins March 17. For those new veteran students who want to start or continue their educational journeys, now is an excellent time to go for greater.

“As an institution, we pride ourselves on helping servicemembers 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. The waiver is not retroactive for current veteran students.

More than 25 percent of Columbia College students either are servicemembers, veterans or their dependents. The college has been named “best for vets” by Military Times and “military friendly” by Military Advanced Education. In 2013, the college celebrated 40 years of educating military and adult learners. During the 2012-13 academic year, more than 7,000 military students completed Columbia College coursework at campuses across the country. Of those 35 locations, 18 are located on military bases, including two in California.

Columbia College-Los Alamitos was established in 1997 by invitation of the California Army National Guard. Today it continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the greater Los Angeles area and Orange County. Columbia College-San Diego was established in 2009 to meet the higher education needs of the personnel at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, other area military installations and to serve the broader civilian community.

The Los Alamitos campus offers three associate and four bachelor’s degree programs in-seat, and the San Diego campus offers one associate and one bachelor’s degree program in-seat. Both campuses offer 27 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online.



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