Veterans out-of- state to get tuition discounts at NWACC

by The City Wire staff ( 36 views 

NorthWest Arkansas Community College is offering a tuition discount for out-of-state veterans that will enable them to attend NWACC or complete online courses at the reduced rate that in-state residents pay.

The college’s board of trustees approved the out-of-state tuition waiver at its March board meeting, and the new policy becomes effective with the fall semester. The cost for in-state tuition is $122.50 per credit hour.

“We are committed to honoring the dedication of our nation’s service men and women, and we believe this waiver will help support returning veterans who are seeking additional education,” said Dianna Portillo, director of NWACC’s Veterans Resource Center. “For some veterans, this step removes a significant hurdle. Under the terms of the post-9/11 GI Bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs only covers the cost of in-state tuition for a service member.  The waiver eliminates that extra out-of-state expense that may have put college out of some veterans’ reach.”

The waiver will be available to any veteran with a DD214 who was discharged under honorable conditions.

“The tuition waiver is the latest of many steps the College has taken to show continued support of veterans,” said Dr. Todd Kitchen, vice president for learner support services. “NWACC offers academic advising for all enrolled veterans and dependents of veterans and assistance for guardsmen and reservists submitting their tuition assistance applications through Go Army Ed,” he said.

Portillo noted that the College also has recently added two scholarships that are available to veterans. The Veterans Resource Center currently serves 400 veterans and their families.

More information about the tuition waiver or veteran services is available online.