CCAC offers in-state, in-county residency tuition rates for veterans, active duty and reservists of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County is now providing in-state, in-county tuition rates to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including reservists, their spouses and their children, regardless of where they live. 

Effective July 1, 2015, the change is due to the State of Pennsylvania's passage of House Bill 131 on June 29, which was enacted to ensure compliance with a new federal law, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The state law, which is broader than the federal law, confers in-county as well as in-state rates to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents attending a community college in Pennsylvania. The state law also does not limit the time period in which a student can enroll, relative to when the military member served.

CCAC students who qualify are charged the in-state, in-county rate of $104.75 per credit rather than $209.50 per credit for in-state, out-of-county, or $314.25 for out-of-state, which will amount to a significant savings for students who previously did not meet the residency requirements. 

Dwight Boddorf, director of military and veterans services at CCAC, said the military community has responded enthusiastically to the change, and his office continues to receive numerous inquiries on a daily basis from current and former members of the military. More than 1,000  military, veterans and their dependents are currently enrolled at CCAC, and close to 40 new students have enrolled in response to the change in the days since the bill passed. 

"If you are a veteran, military, reservist or dependent, we will give you the reduced rate, no matter where you live," said Boddorf, a medically retired U.S. Marine. "We're trying to be as comprehensive as we can, for anyone who has served our country or for their family members, we want to make sure they get the benefits they deserve."

In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed same-sex marriage means that some partners of military and veterans who previously were denied are also now eligible for federal education benefits.

For more information, go to CCAC Military and Veterans Services. If you have any questions, please contact Military and Veterans Services at VeteransServices@ccac.edu

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