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Student Financial Services works to improve customer service

Student Financial Services works to improve customer service

April 16, 2018

Student Financial Services will contract with a new vendor to improve customer service on the toll-free consultation line and online chat services for students. Acting on the student feedback that they received about the customer service lines, Columbia will begin outsou...

Postcard campaign urges state to fund MAP grants

Postcard campaign urges state to fund MAP grants

By Campus Reporter

October 31, 2016

While some students are getting ready to register for the upcoming semester, others are worrying about how they will continue to afford college without Illinois Monetary Award Program grants.Among the stu...

SFS payment plans cause student confusion

SFS payment plans cause student confusion

By Campus Reporter

September 12, 2016

When junior journalism major Mikhaela Padilla received a Student Financial Services email in August informing her about a drastic change in her payment plan, she was left with questions about the college...

SFS reaches out to address student concerns

SFS reaches out to address student concerns

April 25, 2016

While students wait for Illinois government to fund delayed Monetary Award Program grants, Columbia’s office of Student Financial Services is readying new financial advising services to help student...

SFS to work more closely with students on financial plans

SFS to work more closely with students on financial plans

April 18, 2016

The Office of Student Financial Services will launch a series of programs later this year designed to promote financial literacy.The office plans to launch a peer coaching program with the help of American Stu...

Billboard music charts show more meme than music

By Managing Editor

April 11, 2016

It's not unusual for former hit songs to resurface on popular music charts generations after their musical peaks.Madonna's 1989 hit "Like a Prayer," for instance, skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes Top Songs chart following the veteran pop star's 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.Queen and David Bowie's collaboration "Under Pressure" repeaked at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 following the untimely death of pop-rock icon ...

Faculty Senate approves two new motions

Faculty Senate approves two new motions

April 11, 2016

The Faculty Senate approved two motions at its April 8 meeting that would reduce the number of summer credits required for graduate students to be considered full-time students. The Senate also modified a ...

Illinois college students may be forced to drop out

Illinois college students may be forced to drop out

February 1, 2016

College students across Illinois may face an academic halt if Gov. Bruce Rauner refuses to pass the education bill that would allow students who rely on state-funded aid to continue their education.  Col...

Students call for improved SFS phone, online customer service

Students call for improved SFS phone, online customer service

November 23, 2015

Serina Johnston, a senior theatre major, contacted the Student Financial Services Office through its online chat function Nov. 9 to resolve an issue with the second half of her tuition refund, which s...

New pop-up library  ‘rewrites’ Wicker Park

New pop-up library ‘rewrites’ Wicker Park

November 16, 2015

In collaboration with Activate! Chicago, a City of Chicago initiative, and Latent Design, an urbanism firm, Read/Write Library is staging “Rewritable Wicker Park,” a pop-up library located at 1260 N. M...

AVP of Student Financial Services talks financial aid, payment plans

AVP of Student Financial Services talks financial aid, payment plans

June 24, 2015

New students have many responsibilities to manage as they settle into their new college homes. Between organizing your move-in date, color coordinating your new bedroom and choosing which “Welcome W...

SFS aims to educate students on finances

SFS aims to educate students on finances

March 9, 2015

With new leadership, students may see some changes to the Office of Student Financial Services in the near future.Since starting at the college on Feb. 2, Cynthia Grunden, assistant vice president of S...

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