Columbia College is approved for enrollment certification of students eligible to receive educational assistance (GI Bill) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Main Campus or Online Campus students: If you are a Main Campus (Day Campus or Evening Campus in Columbia, MO) or Online Campus student select a category below to view step-by-step directions for obtaining benefits. Nationwide Campus students should contact their local campus. View the Nationwide Campus directory for contact information.
See descriptions of different GI Bill benefit programs.
For additional information, including a comparison of the different benefit programs, visit http://gibill.va.gov.
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Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar
day of the month by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll-free
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at (877) 823-2378. If you are receiving benefits under DEA (Chapter 35) or VEAP
(CHAPTER 32) you do NOT need to verify your attendance in this manner.
If you have misplaced or lost your original DD214 or would like
to obtain or amend a copy of your military service record, you may request
another copy from the National Archive and Records Administration.
You may contact the DVA through its website or by calling toll-free (888)
Eligible main campus (Day and Evening) students have the
opportunity to apply for available VA work-study positions. Applications for student employment are available online.
Nationwide campus students should contact their local campus to check the
availability of the Work-Study Allowance Program.
If you fail a class the VA does not automatically require
Yes. Columbia College does allow students using VA education
benefits to defer tuition payment until the end of the term. Students should
contact their local campus for additional information.
If you drop a course prior to the start of the session, the
funds are returned to the VA.
If you drop a course after the session has started, the funds are returned to
you. The VA will recoup the funds directly from you.
The regulations of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance
Improvement Act of 2010 require the school to certify only the net cost when
reporting tuition and fees for Chapter 33. Net cost is defined by the VA as the
remaining tuition balance after the application of any waiver of, or reduction
in, tuition and fees; any scholarship, or other Federal, State, institutional,
or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding loans and Title IV aid) that is
provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole
purpose of defraying tuition and fees.
To help you understand how this will affect you, please review Net Cost Q&A.
Main campus (Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, MO) and Online Campus students should contact a Veterans Certifying Official at (573) 875-7504, or (800) 231-2391, ext. 7504, or e-mail email@example.com.
Nationwide Campus students should contact their local campus. View the Nationwide Campus Directory for contact information.