Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law a bill that offers in-state tuition for veterans to all public community colleges and universities effective July 1.
GTCC Admission Director Jesse Cross said the law opens the possibilities for veterans to study where they want.
“As more and more people come off deployment we're seeing the numbers increase,” Cross said. “We want to continue to work toward things that are going to make the transition for the veterans easier, so this center is part of that and now with the help of the governor and the legislature we have more tools to help the veterans.”
The law waives the 12 month proof of residency requirement for veterans to receive in-state tuition. Veterans must have served for at least 90 days and must enroll within three years of leaving the service to qualify.
UNCG will launch their School of Nursing Veteran Access Program this fall with 24 students from all over the country.
“Dr. Susan Letvak actually created a proposal that went to the Health Services and Resources Administration, a federal agency, that provides funding for workforce development. She applied for this grant about a year ago and received funding, three years almost a million dollars to support an accelerated path for veterans in our baccalaureate nursing program,” Dean Robin Remsburg said.
The program offers classroom credit for military experience towards a veteran’s baccalaureate degree in nursing. The courses are taught by nurse veterans and offer a transitional course to guide students to perform well in the civilian health care sector.
“Some are out-of-state; some are in-state, they’re from all different branches of the military.
It’s very exciting. There are men and women and so we have a really nice diverse group that will come and bring a variety of different experience to the program,” Remsburg said.
Both UNCG and GTCC are recognized as military-friendly institutions with veteran resource centers available for students.