Columbia College is expanding its Military Affiliated Benefit program to all spouses and dependents of currently serving military members and all military installation employees nationwide.

Columbia College announced today that it will expand its popular Military Affiliated Benefit program as part of the institution’s continued commitment to serving members of the U.S. military, installation employees and their families.

Starting March 1, all spouses and dependents (under the age of 25) of currently serving military members and all military installation employees nationwide are now eligible for the college’s Military Affiliated Benefit. Spouses and dependents of installation employees, meanwhile, are eligible for 15% off the college’s regular tuition rate.

The offer previously was available only to those at an installation that housed a Columbia College location or education center but now is available to all military-affiliated individuals.

“Expanding the Military Affiliated Benefit program to all who serve our country reflects our steadfast desire to provide access to quality, affordable education,” said Columbia College President Dr. David Russell, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. “The MAB is our way of honoring members of the Armed Forces and their families for the sacrifices they make every day to protect our freedoms.”

Columbia College celebrated 50 years of its partnership with the U.S. military in 2023 and has over 20,000 military-affiliated alumni. The college serves current service members, veterans and military families online and at more than 20 locations nationwide, 14 of which are on military installations.

The college was recently honored as the first higher education institution to receive a commendation from the Silver Star Families of America. CC is recognized as a Purple Heart Institution for its commitment to the country’s men and women in uniform. The college was named a Top 10 Military Friendly College in the nation for 2023-24 and the No. 4 Military Friendly College for spouses. The institution was also recognized once again by Military Times on the “Best for Vets” list in 2023.

For more information on the college’s Military Affiliated Benefit program, please contact the Center for Student Success at or (573) 875-7252.

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 173 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. Students may enroll in Day, Evening or Online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has more than 97,000 alumni. For more information, visit