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Boback Approves Legislation Aimed to Boost Veteran Enrollment in Pennsylvania Public Universities

HARRISBURG – As an advocate for veterans and education in Pennsylvania, 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.

“As an educator for more than three decades and member of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this legislation recognizes the unwavering sacrifice of our United States veterans by allowing them to attend colleges and universities in the Commonwealth at the same tuition rates paid by Pennsylvania residents,” said Boback.

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.

“This legislation will make Pennsylvania a place where veterans and their families will want to come and invest their time in obtaining an education, while letting all veterans know that we recognize them as highly valuable students and potential long-time contributing residents of the Commonwealth,” said Boback.

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. For more legislative information visit Boback’s website at

Representative Karen Boback
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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