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Alumni Benefits & Services

As a member of the CCAA, you are entitled to the following benefits and services:

affinity Alumni Magazine

The alumni magazine, affinity, is distributed to all alumni three times a year. Alumni are encouraged to submit notices for inclusion in the Class Notes section.

Alumni Awards

Alumni who have provided service to Columbia College, their community or have been outstanding in their professional field may be honored through the CCAA recognition program. Visit the Alumni Awards page or contact the Alumni Relations office at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM or for additional information.    

Alumni Merchandise

Alumni are encouraged to show their Cougar Pride with alumni clothing, accessories and gifts. All purchases support the CCAA. Visit the Alumni Store or contact the Alumni Relations office at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM or for additional information.

Board of Directors and Committees

All alumni are eligible to be elected to the Board of Directors or to be appointed to one of the CCAA’s committees. Currently the CCAA has the following committees: Relationships, Traditions, Visibility, Pride and Alumni Awards. If you would like to get involved, contact the Alumni Relations office at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM or

Campus Facilities

Campus facilities are available to alumni for weddings and other events. There is a fee to use certain facilities. Contact the Plants & Facilities office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7300 for additional information.

Career Services

Career counseling, career networking and resume assistance are available to alumni. Contact the Career Services Center at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7421 or for additional information.

CCAA Lifelong Learning Grant

Awarded to students who have completed the highest Columbia College undergraduate degree available at the time of graduation. For graduates of Christian Female College, this would be the associate degree and for graduates of Columbia College it is the bachelor's degree. Eligible students may enroll in one course, free of charge, if five years have elapsed since receiving their degree, they owe no fees, and they are not in default on federal loans. Students may enroll for credit or as auditors in courses being offered during the regularly scheduled semesters or sessions, provided space is available and course pre-requisites are met. Students are required to pay lab fees and for textbooks associated with the courses. Students are permitted to enroll in one free course in each subsequent five-year period but may not accumulate free courses. The CCAA Lifelong Learning Grant cannot be used for graduate-level courses or any online courses. For more information, contact Registration and financial Services at  (800) 231-2391, ext. 7252

Columbia College Bookstore

Alumni receive a 10-percent discount on regular priced items at the Columbia College Bookstore. Contact the bookstore at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7341 for additional information.

Columbia College License Plate

Whether you're a student, alumni or friend a unique way to show your pride and support for Columbia College is through a personalized license plate for your vehicle (Missouri residents only). The license plates, renewable annually, are available through Columbia College and the Missouri Department of Revenue. 

To obtain your personalized plates with the college logo:

1. Contribute a minimum of $25 (for a one-year plate) or $50 (for two years)  to Columbia College.
2. Request an "Emblem Use Authorization Statement" from the college with your contribution.
3. Present the "Emblem Use Authorization Statement" to the Department of Revenue at the time of registration.

Please send requests/contributions to: Columbia College Records & Gifts Administration, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216 or call (573) 875-7562 or visit their office at St. Clair Hall, Room 16.

Cougar Sports

Alumni are eligible to purchase a special Alumni Pass that will provide alumni and a guest entry to all Cougar home games as well as use of the fitness center. Contact Drew Grzella, assistant director of Athletics, at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7419 or for additional information.

Library Privileges

Courtesy cards are available to alumni which will allow for the checking out of Columbia College-owned physical books.  Alumni may also access the library's electronic resources during on-campus visits.  Note, however, that due to licensing restrictions, alumni are unable to access the library's electronic resources from off-campus.  Contact the Stafford Library at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7381 or for additional information. 

Lifetime Cougar Mail

Register for a permanent email address and you’ll always have your Cougar mail with you! Contact Technology Services at (800) 231-2391, ext. HELP or for additional information.

Nationwide Insurance®

CCAA and Nationwide Insurance® have teamed up to offer CCAA members discounts on select Nationwide® products. To learn more, visit or call 866-238-1426.

Reunions and Events

Throughout the year, reunions and special alumni events are held at the main campus and nationwide. Events such as Alumni Appreciation Day, Reunion Weekend, Kansas City Alumnae Luncheon, Family Day & Homecoming and Alumni Holiday Party are open to all alumni. We also encourage alumni to organize a reunion for your class or affinity group. Call the Alumni Relations office at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM or for additional information.

Social Media Networking

Become a fan of the CCAA Facebook page, follow the Alumni Association on Twitter and join the LinkedIn group exclusively for Columbia College alumni. To see a list of all social networks available to alumni, visit the Social Media at Columbia College section.


Children of alumni are eligible to apply for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship (20-percent discount) or Alumni Legacy Grant (15-percent discount). Contact the Financial Aid office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7390 or for additional information.


Obtain an official copy of your Columbia College transcript or have one forwarded to another institution. Contact the Transcripts office at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7505 or for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities

The CCAA promotes the ongoing connection of alumni with the college by providing opportunities for alumni to provide their time and expertise. May it be serving on the Board of Directors, helping at an event or mentoring a current student, we have an opportunity for you! If you are interested in volunteering for the CCAA, fill out the Volunteer Form contact the Alumni Relations office at (800) 231-2391, ext. ALUM or