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The Ombudsman Contact

April Longley, Director of Institutional Compliance, 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 or call (573) 875-7792.

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:

Click on the links below for more information about each subject.

Academic Assessment mission

Please visit the Academic Assessment page for information on Columbia College's continuous assessment of its academic programs. 

Academic programs

Columbia College offers many degree programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete list of degree programs and the locations where these degree programs are available, please visit the Degree Program page. 

Accreditation and Complaint Process

Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1918.  Please click here to see the Statement of Accreditation Status. The Higher Learning Commission Complaint Process is available at: 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. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has received full initial approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The RN to BSN program at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Columbia College is authorized, exempt, certified, licensed, registered, or not required to seek approval  to offer degree programs via Online Education 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.


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:

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 click on the links below:

Career Services

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. 

Grossnickle Career Services

(573) 875-7425


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: To learn how to spot potential fraud, avoid paying for free services, and prevent identity theft, see

Constitution Day

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 U.S. 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:

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 transportation and personal 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

Student Accessibility Resources

Student Accessibility Resources 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 Student Accessibility Resources 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).

Contact Information

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST

Location: Atkins-Holman Student Commons



Phone Number: (573) 875-7626

Fax Number: (573) 875-7235

Drug and alcohol policies and prevention


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.


Click on the links below to view Columbia College faculty.

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.   

Financial aid

There are a variety of financial assistance programs available to Columbia College students. Students attending at locations outside of Missouri may be eligible to receive state aid in that state. Please visit Columbia College’s Financial Aid page for more information or click on one of the specialized links below or contact the Financial Aid Call Center directly.

Financial Aid Call Center

(573) 875-7252 or (800) 231-2391 ext 7252 


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:

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:

Private loans

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:

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:

Human Resources
Columbia College
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

Please visit the Title IX Nondiscrimination and Harassment page for more information.

Student activities

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.

Student diversity

Columbia College has more than 3,000 students attending the Day and Evening programs, both located in Columbia, MO.  Through its networking of 36 Nationwide locations, as well as the main campus in Columbia, MO, and a robust Online Education, the college serves more than 22,000 students annually.  Student body diversity information can be found at Columbia College's Office of Institutional Research page.

National Center for Education Statistics

College Navigator


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 U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard page.

For information on Columbia College's graduation, retention, and placement rates, please visit the college's Quick Facts page.

  • Graduation Rate for Bachelors Cohorts-150 of time: 30%
  • Graduation Rate-150 of time: 31%
  • Retention Rate-All Bachelors Cohort: 57%  
  • Retention Rate-Day Bachelors Cohort: 72%  
  • Placement Rate-Florida: 78%, 313 of 399 responses
  • Placement Rate-Georgia: 65%, 202 out of 312 responses
  • Placement Rate-New Mexico: 100%, 1 of 1 responses
  • Placement Rate-Wisconsin: 91%, 10 of 11 responses

Education and Nursing pass rate

For information on Columbia College's pass rates, please visit the college's Quick Facts page.

  • Pass rate-Education Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCA): 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). For historical rates for the PRAXIS II exam(s), please contact Office of Institutional Research
  • Pass rate-Nursing-Columbia Campus: 95.35%  
  • Pass rate-Nursing-Lake Campus: 100%  
  • Pass rate-Missouri State Rate: 85.5%
  • Pass rate-Nursing-National Rate: 84.57%

Student achievement

For more information on Columbia College’s student achievement measures, please visit the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) website. 

Rights and responsibilities

Please visit Columbia College's Rights and Responsibilities page for more information.

Teacher preparation program report

For information on the Teacher Preparation Program Report, please visit the Title II Higher Education Act 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. The 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 Online Education 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 Office of the Registrar 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.

Office of the Registrar

(573) 875-7391



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.  

Voter registration

Columbia College supports Rock the Vote and patriotism!

Founded twenty-five years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot.

The Millennial Generation is over 80 million strong and growing! This generation serves as the largest living generation - this is both the challenge and the opportunity. Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people by engaging them in the electoral process, urging politicians to pay attention to issues that matter to young voters, and protecting their fundamental right to vote. Their goal is to reinvigorate our country's democracy and redefine citizenship for a generation in 2016 and beyond.

Show you patriotism in THREE easy steps:

  1. Click the banner to begin registering
  2. Fill out the voter registration form
  3. Print, sign and mail your registration form

NOTE: You won't be registered unless you print, sign and mail in your form!

For more information on voter registration, please 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: 


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