• How To Get A Handle On Grades

    At the beginning of every class, students are given a syllabus. The syllabus outlines all of the requirements for the class and even tells students what is required of them to earn an "A" or a "B". It explains the attendance policy, how to gain extra credit points and when tests will be given and when papers are due. Faculty are returning grade information on a regular basis to your student.
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  • Special Note For Parents Of Dual Enrolled Students

    Dual Enrollment for high school Juniors and Seniors is a great way to give kids a reality check about colleges while they are still in high school. Some students will take Dual Enrollment courses to decrease the load they will take in college. Other students will take Dual Enrollment courses to decrease the amount of time they might take to tackle a college curriculum. Whatever the reasons, there are some things parents need to know!
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  • Picking A Major

    Some people will happily tell you that they have known all their lives what they wanted to do when they grew up. Good for them! Columbia State has more than 50 majors for those folks to find exactly the educational path that they have always known they wanted to take. Most of us spent a lot of years wanting to be a rock star, princess or a superhero. And, let's face it, many of us find ourselves in jobs that we never knew existed when we were 18. Those same 50 majors are here for all the disappointed superheros. So, if your student needs some time to explore majors, Columbia State is a great place to start.
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  • Understanding The College Schedule

    College courses are generally scheduled on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Multiple sections of courses is common. Columbia State has five campuses. When your student is constructing a schedule there are a few things parents can do to insure it is successful.
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  • Encouraging Your Son Or Daughter

    Your kids are listening! Really! They are listening to you! And study after study shows that 18-26 year olds really want their parents approval. So, here are some things to consider.
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  • Getting On Top Of FAFSA

    The Free Application For Student Aid is the federal government's form that 'unlocks' all loans and even the HOPE scholarships. This form must be filled out every year your son or daughter is in College. The form becomes available on January 1 each year. You will need your tax return for the year prior in order to fill out the FAFSA. Parent information is required IF you are declared your child as a dependent on your tax return in the previous tax year.
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