In light of the federal government shutdown, Columbia College will defer tuition charges for the term that starts October 21st while military students look for other funding. For those who are unable to secure other financial assistance, the college will offer a no-liability withdrawal policy or an extended six-month payment plan. Many of those affiliated with the military are enrolled at Columbia College’s campuses across the country. This is not the first time the college has taken a similar step. In March 2013, all branches of the U.S. Military ceased distribution of tuition assistance. During the 2012-13 academic year, more than 7,000 military students completed Columbia College coursework.