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College to defer tuition costs for veterans

CRYSTAL LAKE – In light of federal cuts to military tuition assistance for service members, Columbia College of Missouri will defer tuition charges for the term beginning March 25 while military students seek other funding.

For those unable to secure other financial assistance, the college will offer a no-liability withdrawal policy or an extended six-month payment plan for those affected, according to a news release from the college.

“This is an opportunity to show our military students how much we value their service to our country as we support the goal of higher education for all,” Mike Lederle, assistant dean for military and federal programs, said in the release.

Affected students must be eligible for military tuition assistance and have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file.

Columbia College of Missouri features four campuses in Illinois – Lake County (Gurnee), Crystal Lake, Elgin and Freeport – and offers a variety of in-seat and online degrees.

In 1974, the college entered into an agreement to provide post-secondary education opportunities for sailors at Naval Station Great Lakes.

For information, visit www.ccis.edu.

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