News - 08/29/2013

MiraCosta College Board of Trustees Votes to Support Veteran Tuition Exemption Bill AB 13

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Over the past five years, MiraCosta College has experienced a 93% increase in veteran and active duty military enrollment and anticipates serving even more veteran students over the next three years. Because the success of these students is of paramount importance, the MiraCosta Community College District Board of Trustees has resolved to support California Assembly Bill 13, also known as the Nonresident Tuition Exemption Bill.

AB13 will offer in-state tuition to recently discharged, released or retired members of the armed forces and will encourage veterans to move to California and contribute to our state and local economies. It is estimated that each veteran attending college full-time using the GI Bill will bring into the community at least $20,000 a year in federal money. 

Currently, the college serves approximately 1,903 active-duty military and veterans and an additional 1,014 military dependents, and with its close proximity to Camp Pendleton, MiraCosta College has a long history of educating and supporting this special population. In fact, for the third year, Victory Media has named MiraCosta College to the Military Friendly Schools list. This list honors the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans and spouses.

Nineteen states have adopted residency waivers for recently released members of the armed forces, and eleven other states have shown intent to introduce such legislation this year. AB 13 will encourage veterans to attend college in California and will allow them to complete school without paying tuition out of pocket.

For more information, contact Cheryl Broom, director of Public & Governmental Relations, Marketing & Communications at cbroom@miracosta.edu or call 760.795.6612.

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