Founded in 1993 and based in Alabama, Columbia Southern University is an online university which offers degrees and distance education to students at a competitive price. The school is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is recognized by the Department of Education.
Columbia Southern University offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. CSU also offers continuing education and certificate programs for students looking to increase their desirability in the job market. Certificates are recorded on a student's transcript and require a minimum of 12 semester hours.
Columbia Southern University offers online degree programs in the following fields:
CSU offers the following undergraduate and graduate certificate programs:
Columbia Southern University partners with other educational organizations. This allows for easier transfer-ability of credits between partners and a smooth transition for CSU graduates pursuing higher education.
Educational partners include Waldorf University, Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), Alabama Fire College, and The National Sheriff's Association Center for Public Safety. These institutions offer a variety of online programs, training, and/or certifications to succeed in a specific line of work.
CSU has over 2500 learning partners. Benefits for learning partners include a 10% discount on tuition, exclusive scholarship opportunities, and $0 in application costs. It is free for any organization or institution to become a learning partner with CSU. Partners simply sign a Non-Binding Agreement which allows CSU to offer a 10% tuition discount to employees and their spouses/children. The agreement is non-exclusive, which means that employees are not required to enroll in the online college, but rather, they are given a discount should they choose to pursue an education at Columbia Southern University.
Columbia Southern University offers affordable rates compared to the national average and other colleges. Undergraduate courses cost $230 per credit hour, graduate courses cost $315 per credit hour, and doctoral courses cost $375 per credit hour. The 10% tuition discount applies to learning partners.
CSU also offers scholarships, financial aid, federal pell grants, and military discounts for those who qualify.
Specific cost information for online certificates is not mentioned on the company's website. For those who are interested in learning more about the certificate programs offered at CSU, there is an option to request information on the website.
Many schools require an application fee for those interested in the program. Columbia Southern University does not require any fees to apply.
Columbia Southern University allows up to 75 percent of credits to be transfer for undergraduate degrees and 50 percent of credits for graduate degrees. Students interested in receiving transfer credit must fill out a Transcript Request Service Form before receiving approval.
The website lists several fees that students may be charged during their careers at CSU. Typical fees add up to $2585 and include costs for a DBA research project, DBA dissertation, petition to graduate, and online library fees.
There are multiple additional student fees which include, but are not limited to: bachelor's degree to associate's degree request fee, the degree to certificate request fee, registration fees, change of program fee, and Remote Proctor Now fees.
There is a wide variety of tuition assistance for online CSU programs. However, students who choose to pursue an online certificate program as opposed to an online degree program, are not eligible for Federal Student Aid or VA (Veterans Affairs) funding.
Columbia Southern University offers only online classes, not any on-campus classes. Other institutions give students the option for on-campus or online classes.