Student Consumer Information
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires Columbia College to provide information to Columbia College enrolled students, prospective students and their parents. In accordance with these laws and regulations, Columbia College provides the following information:
The Ombudsman Contact
Misty Bush, Director of Institutional Compliance and HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer, is the Ombudsman contact for Columbia College. The Ombudsman will coordinate investigations with appropriate parties related to college matters such as academic or non-academic, employment, facilities, financial aid, etc. For such matters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 875-7697.
Click on the links below for more information about each subject.
Academic Programs, Facilities, Accreditation, and Faculty
For information on degrees offered by Columbia College, facilities, accrediting agencies, and faculty, please visit the links below.
Columbia College offers many degrees in a variety of subjects. For a complete list of degrees and the campus or campuses where these degrees are available, please visit the Degree Program page.
Columbia College has many physical facilities to support academic programs. Please visit Columbia College's Resource and Facilities page for more information. For a complete list of Columbia College’s main campus buildings, please visit Campus Buildings page.
Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1918. The College is also approved for teacher preparation by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program is accredited by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Students wishing to file a complaint with the Higher Learning Commission can do so at: email@example.com.
Columbia College seeks authorization or exemptions to offer degree programs via the Online Campus or at any of the Nationwide locations. Please visit Columbia College's State Regulatory Information and Complaint Process page for information on the latest state regulatory information or exemptions.
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Academic Assessment Mission
Please visit the Academic Assessment page for information on Columbia College's continuous assessment of its academic programs.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) Report
Columbia College provides annual reports to the U.S. Department of Education on athlete participation, staffing, revenues, and expenses by men's and women's teams. For more information on Columbia College's EADA report, please visit: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/.
Student Athlete Persistence & Graduation Rates
For student athlete information such as population, demographics, and graduation rates from 1994 to the present, please visit Columbia College's Athletes Persistence Rate Summary page.
Campus Security Policies & Crime Statistics
Columbia College is committed to assisting all members of the Columbia College community in providing for their own safety and security. Columbia College Campus Safety provides 24/7 security services using a combination of foot and vehicle patrols. Safety officers are continuously visible on campus as a deterrent to crime. For more information on Title IX nondiscrimination and harassment, prevention and safety tips, reporting crimes, crime statistics, critical incident response guidelines and the annual security report, please visit the Campus Safety page or the links below:
Grossnickle Career Services Center
The Grossnickle Career Services Center provides vital career and graduate assistance to students. The Career Services Center provides assistance to students on job fairs, mock interviews, resume development, internship programs and more. For information on career services, please visit Columbia College's Grossnickle Career Services Center page.
Concerns About Financial Aid Fraud
On November 5, 2000, Congress passed the College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act to enhance protection against fraud in student financial assistance by establishing stricter sentencing guidelines for criminal financial aid fraud. If a student believes they are a victim of scholarship fraud, wishes to file a complaint, or wants more information, they should call (877) FTC-HELP or go online at: www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.
Columbia College celebrates Constitution Day each year. This day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, “recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens." Educational institutions receiving federal funds are required by law to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution for Constitution Day.
Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policies and Sanctions
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under Section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the rights to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504 and 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please visit the U.S. Copyright Office website at: www.copyright.gov.
Cost of Attendance
A student’s cost of attendance is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The estimate generally includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and personal and transportation expenses. For information on current tuition rates and the cost of attendance at Columbia College, please click on the links below:
Disability Services for Students
Disability Services coordinates services and academic adjustments for Columbia College students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the college. Services and auxiliary aids are provided to students with physical, sensory, neurological, chronic health, learning, psychological and other impairments who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students with physical, sensory, medical, psychological or other temporary impairments may receive services on a short-term basis.
Columbia College Policy Statement
Columbia College prohibits unlawful discrimination against qualified students with disabilities and encourages their full participation within the college community. All faculty, staff and administrators will actively support students with disabilities in all educational programs, services, and activities, in cases where such support is readily achievable and is not an undue burden. Columbia College policy, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, defines a qualified student with a disability as "any person who is regarded as having such an impairment, and (a) who meets the academic and technical standards requisite for admissions to or participation in the College's programs, and (b) who has a documented physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities."
Non Discrimination and Advocacy
Columbia College and Disability Services support students in their right to file a grievance when they believe equal access has been denied in regard to appropriate academic adjustments, modifications, auxiliary aids or effective communication, or they believe they have been discriminated against as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1990 (ADA).
Drug and Alcohol Policies and Prevention
Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy
Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of campus life. Columbia College prohibits the manufacture, possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and controlled or illicit substances by Columbia College students, regardless of age, and employees on College owned property and at College sponsored or supervised events or activities.
- Public intoxication on campus property is expressly prohibited. Those conditions considered to indicate intoxication include but are not limited to affected manner or disposition, speech, muscular movements, general appearance or behavior as apparent to the observer.
- Containers that contain alcohol as well as empty alcohol containers are prohibited on campus. Possession of empty alcohol containers will be regarded as a violation of the Alcohol and Other Drugs policy.
- Campus displays or advertisements that support or promote alcohol or drug use, possession, manufacture or distribution are prohibited.
- Behavior resulting from intoxication or the illegal use of controlled or illicit drugs will incur disciplinary action.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia and misuse of prescription drugs will be regarded as violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug policy.
- Alcohol and other drugs possessed or consumed in violation of this policy are subject to confiscation.
It is the responsibility of students, faculty and staff to know and uphold the Columbia College Alcohol & Other Drug policy. In accordance, students and employees must be held accountable for their personal behavior. Excessive use, manufacture, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances and the associated behavioral problems will be the basis for disciplinary action. Representatives of the College will cooperate with outside authorities in their efforts to enforce existing laws regarding illegal drugs and alcohol.
Standards of Conduct, Drug/Alcohol Use and Possession
Columbia College's rules and regulations prohibit the manufacture, possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and controlled or illicit drugs by Columbia College students and employees. Violations of Columbia College's rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs can result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for students and termination for employees. Additionally, in conjunction with or in lieu of the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions, students and employees may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for arrest and prosecution and/or required to complete an appropriate treatment or rehabilitation program.
In accordance with the mandates of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and as a condition of employment at Columbia College, all employees (including student employees) must notify their supervisor of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such a conviction. Employees undergoing treatment for alcohol or drug abuse must meet all standards of conduct and job performance.
Any Columbia College student or employee found possessing, manufacturing or distributing controlled or illicit substances or unlawfully possessing or attempting to possess alcohol or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence is violating local, state and federal laws. A student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance (generally meaning illegal drugs, but not including alcohol or tobacco).
Medical amnesty encourages students to seek medical attention for themselves or a fellow student suffering from an alcohol or other drug overdose or medical emergency. This policy encourages students to call for medical assistance by removing the threat of campus judicial repercussions. However, the student in need will still participate in mandated substance abuse education and treatment services. The health protection strategies will not shield students from disciplinary action when other rules or codes of conduct have been violated. Students will still be subject to legal consequences for violating other college codes of conduct and state/federal laws.
The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs may have a negative effect on one's school or work performance and personal relationships. Some common health risks include: addiction; damage to the liver or heart; birth defects; accidents as a result of impaired judgment; and sexual assault or sexually transmitted disease. Contact the Campus Director or visit the Columbia College Counseling Services Helpful Resources page for answers to questions and help regarding drug and alcohol abuse problems.
For more information on drug and alcohol policies, please visit the Student Affairs Policies and Procedures page. This information can also be found in Columbia College’s Academic Catalogs. Counseling is available to enrolled students who have access to Columbia College main campus. If the student cannot get to the main campus, Counseling Services will work with their campus to find counseling services in their local community. Please visit Columbia College's Counseling Services page for online resources and information.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. To learn more about student rights and FERPA, please visit Columbia College's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act page.
There are a variety of financial assistance programs available to Columbia College students. Please visit Columbia College’s Financial Aid page for more information or click on one of the specialized links below:
Students receiving financial assistance have many rights and responsibilities. Columbia College is authorized to award and disburse several federal and state aid programs. However, award eligibility is based on the individual student's application and each program. A list of federal and state aid programs along with eligibility criteria may be found on the Financial Aid page.
Additionally, Columbia College issues several scholarships, awards and grants in the form of institutional, endowed, and hybrid endowed aid. All award amounts and selection processes are based on each program's criteria set-up. General criteria and award amounts for each scholarship, award and grant may be found on the Institutional Scholarship Finder page.
Please visit Financial Aid’s Rights and Responsibility page for more information or click on one of the specialized links below:
Federal notices concerning the terms and conditions of federal student loans, entrance and exit counseling, Master Promissory Notes, and drug violation penalties can be found in the U.S. Department of Education’s publication “Funding Education Beyond High School.”
Columbia College is required to submit Title IV student financial aid information to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for all students and parents of students who borrow a loan at Columbia College. The data submitted to NSLDS will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and other institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. You may review your submitted data at: www.nslds.ed.gov.
Private loans, sometimes referred to as alternative loans, are non-federal loans made to a borrower for postsecondary education expenses, regardless of whether the loan is provided through the educational institution that the student attends or directly to the borrower from a private education lender. Federal Stafford loans and other federal financial aid programs have much more favorable terms and conditions. Therefore, Federal Stafford loans should be considered before private educational loans. Columbia College recommends students to research the best type of loan. For information on various types of private, credit-based loans, please visit: www.finaid.org/loans/privatestudentloans.phtml.
Safeguarding Student Information
As required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act issued by the Federal Trade Commission, Columbia College has safeguards in place designed to ensure the security and confidentiality of student information, protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any student.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Columbia College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law, including race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability, in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financial assistance, employment, educational programs or activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Office of Human Resources
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
Please visit the Title IX Nondiscrimination and Harassment page for more information.
Columbia College students have a number of student organizations in which they can participate. For a complete list of student organizations and activities, please visit Columbia College's Student Engagement and Leadership Development page.
Columbia College has more than 3,000 students attending the Day and Evening programs, both located in Columbia, MO. Through its networking of campuses in 34 Nationwide locations, as well as the main campus in Columbia, MO, and a robust Online campus, the College serves more than 27,000 students annually. Student body diversity information can be found at Columbia College's Office of Institutional Research page. (Updated 07/29/2015)
Student Right-to-Know Information
Graduation Rate, Retention Rate, and Median Loan Debt
For information on Columbia College’s graduation rate, retention rate, placement rate, and median loan debt, please visit the College Scorecard page.
For information on Columbia College's graduation, retention, and placement rates, please visit the Quick Facts page.
- Graduation Rate for Bachelors Cohorts-150 of time: 46%
- Graduation Rate-150 of time: 46%
- Retention Rate-All Bachelors Cohort: 58%
- Retention Rate-Day Bachelors Cohort: 79%
- Placement Rate-Florida: 73%
- Placement Rate-Georgia: 66%
- Placement Rate-New Mexico: 100%
- Placement Rate-Wisconsin: 80%
Nursing and Education Pass Rate
For information on Columbia College's pass rates, please visit the Quick Facts page.
- Pass Rate-Education PRAXIS exam overall: Beginning August 2014, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) changed from requiring the Praxis II exam(s) for Teacher Certification to the Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCA). Reliable data for pass rates on the new assessments are not yet available.
- Pass Rate-Nursing-Columbia Campus: 97.61%
- Pass Rate-Nursing-Lake Campus: 96.43%
- Pass Rate-Missouri state rate: 87.17% (Updated 8/1/2014)
- Pass Rate-Nursing-National rate: 83.04%
Rights and Responsibilties
Please visit Columbia College's Rights and Responsibilities page for more information.
Teacher Preparation Program Report
For information on Teacher Preparation Program Report, please visit Accountability for Programs that Prepare Teachers page.
Textbook Information/Required Course Materials
Required materials, textbook International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN), and bookstore information can be located in each course syllabus.
For additional information, please visit Columbia College's Bookstore
page. Columbia College Bookstore is the textbook vendor for students of Day Campus, Evening Campus, and Graduate Studies at the main campus in Columbia, MO. MBS Direct is the textbook vendor for students taking undergraduate and graduate courses through the Online Campus and for the Nationwide locations. On the main campus bookstore page, be sure to read information regarding renting textbooks and textbook buyback programs.
Transfer of Credits
The Evaluations Department evaluates transcripts and other transfer documents to determine transfer equivalencies and possible academic credit. Please click on the following links for information about transfer credit policies, articulation agreements, and resources.
Students in the day program are required to submit a completed Columbia College Medical History form and show proof of two vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Failure to submit these documents to Student Health Services will prevent students from registering for subsequent semesters. For more information, please contact Student Health Services at (573) 875-7432. Completed forms may be faxed to Student Health Services at (573) 876-4456. Please visit Columbia College's Student Health page.
Information on voter registration in your state can be found at the Election Assistance Commission website or visit Columbia College's Voter Registration page.
Withdrawal Procedures and Return of Title IV
For information on the requirements and procedures to officially withdraw from a course and the return of Title IV funds, please click on the following links below: