Community colleges announce partnership

Submitted by Columbia College

Columbia College and State Fair Community College officials recently announced a new partnership providing a 15% discount on tuition for SFCC’s employees, spouses, and dependents. SFCC graduates will receive a 10% discount on tuition via Columbia College’s Associate Degree Transfer Grant.

“We are pleased to launch this new partnership with SFCC and offer members of its college community a convenient and affordable path toward earning a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Piyusha Singh, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are confident this partnership will strengthen the mid-Missouri workforce while also furthering the Columbia College mission of changing lives through quality education.”

SFCC features several locations throughout mid-Missouri, including its home campus in Sedalia, while also offering an online program. The college offers Skills and Professional Certificates and Associates degrees and serves approximately 4,700 students per year. SFCC graduates are eligible to receive the tuition benefit through Columbia College immediately and can learn more about the transfer process via the college’s transfer equivalency portal.

“State Fair Community College is proud to enter into this agreement with Columbia College on behalf of our students,” said James Cunningham, SFCC’s Dean of Academic Affairs. “Columbia College has a great reputation as a leader in adult education across the country, and we look forward to working with them to provide opportunities for our students as they continue their education beyond the community college level. State Fair Community College prides itself on producing high-quality graduates who do well at the university level in many areas.”

Columbia College offers six sessions lasting eight weeks each, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. Students can earn an associate degree in 20 months, a bachelor’s degree in three-and-a-half years, and a master’s degree in only 12 months. The college is very transfer-friendly and also features the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no cost.

For more information on the partnership agreement, please reach out to admissions@ccis.edu or contact Kelsey Anderson, Assistant Director of Partnerships with Columbia College, at kaanderson@ccis.edu.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has helped students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, features more than 30 locations nationwide and offers day, evening and online classes. Columbia College has more than 94,000 alumni worldwide.