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      Columbia College offers payment plan for military students

      Because of the shutdown, military students at Columbia College will be offered an extended six-month payment plan for tuition.

      Columbia College students receiving military tuition aid may have the option of using an extended payment plan in light of the government shutdown.

      "The impacts of the shutdown on military tuition assistance is going to be felt by quite a few of our students," Assistant Dean for Military and Federal Programs Mike Lederle said.

      During the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 7,000 military students were enrolled in one of the college's 35 campuses or online.

      Under the shutdown payment plan, eligible students will be able to defer tuition for the session beginning October 21.

      "Typically if a student comes to Columbia College and is paying for it, they're given until the end of the session to pay for that session. These are eight week sessions. So now instead of eight weeks they get six months," Lederle said.

      In order to qualify for the payment plan, students must be eligible for military tuition assistance and apply for or already have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.