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Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) recently voted in favor of legislation that passed unanimously in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to grant in-state tuition rates to eligible veterans and their dependents at Pennsylvania’s public institutions of higher learning.

A full-time semester at a state-owned university costs $4,310 for Pennsylvania residents. An out-of-state veteran would pay $9,223 for tuition at the same university.

House Bill 472 would only apply to the tuition rates of Pennsylvania’s state-owned and state-related universities and community colleges, such as Bloomsburg University in Columbia County.

House Bill 472 has garnered the support of the Pennsylvania Veterans Commission, Pennsylvania War Veterans Council, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, Penn State University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate.

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