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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, August 24, 2015 – Now, eligible veterans and their dependent family members will enjoy in-state tuition rates at Danville Community College if they meet certain criteria, regardless of their official state of residence.

DCC joins all public colleges and universities in Virginia in the move to help veterans and their families get the most mileage out of their hard-earned education benefits, in compliance with the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Section 702. To qualify for the in-state rates, veterans must live in Virginia while attending a school in Virginia, and enroll in school within three years of honorable discharge and release from active duty service of 90 days or more.

“Certain eligible veterans and their dependents can take advantage of this program to pursue higher education at reduced in-state tuition rates, such as at DCC, which offers over 100 programs of study,�? says Veterans Specialist Thomas Loftus.

Howard Graves, Coordinator of Counseling, Financial Aid Services and Student Activities/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator, adds: “This in effect eliminates the one-year waiting period to establish state residency which might have been a barrier for veterans wishing to enroll in college. Upon return to Virginia, certain veterans and their dependents are now eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.�?

Graves further notes that service in the military often means being stationed in various places around the globe, and that lack of permanent residency while serving one’s country should not stand in the way of the pursuit of higher education.

“Veterans who served their country are deserving of the opportunity to pursue educational opportunities. Hopefully this will encourage more veterans to pursue higher education,�? Graves says. “This is part of our efforts to maintain a veteran-friendly environment here at DCC.�?

Students covered under the Veterans Choice Act will continue to receive in-state tuition rates as long as they remain continuously enrolled in school. Public colleges and universities must comply with the Act in order for programs to maintain approval for GI Bill benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans on the DCC campus also are encouraged to join the Student Veterans Organization, which meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00 a.m.-Noon in the Student Center Conference Room. For more information about services and resources for veterans, contact Thomas Loftus at 434.797.8489 or


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