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Columbia Southern U Brings Financial Aid Processes in House

Columbia Southern University will be pulling financial aid processes in-house with the deployment of a new student administration system and portal from Campus Management. It will be implementing CampusVue Student and CampusVue Portal for financial aid processing and student account maintenance. The for-profit online university has 24,000 students and is based in Orange Beach, AL.

The institution was previously outsourcing its financial aid processing and packaging. Under the new implementation, staff will be able to schedule the system to process aid automatically at a designated time, transmit and retrieve information from federal reporting systems, and route any exceptions to the appropriate person for resolution without holding up other distributions.

CampusVue Student includes applications for managing academic records, career services, contacts, student accounts, financial aid, admissions, and reporting. The portal product enables the institution to give staff and students access to online services.

"The main reasons we chose CampusVue Student were the product's ability to automate so many tasks and the fact that it is designed with features for the online and proprietary model," said CIO Ken Styron. "The university was established to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience. CampusVue Student will streamline our business processes so we can operate more efficiently and provide better service to our students."

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