Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Terry McAuliffe visited the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond on June 7th to sign legislation to reduce community college tuition for active duty military students.
HB 1721, which was sponsored by Virginia Delegate Richard Anderson, permits the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to charge reduced tuition for active duty students who are pursuing an associate degree related to their military occupational specialty (MOS). The bill was requested by Northern Virginia Community College and is supported by the military services. There is particular interest in the areas of cybersecurity and information technology.
With approximately 800,000 veterans residing within the Commonwealth, NOVA’s MOS-to-Degree program allows members of the armed forces to receive college credit for experience in their program of study. The bill came as a result of NOVA’s involvement and partnership with Marine Corps University in Quantico to give college credit to soldiers, by recognizing the educational training and courses they have already received in Marine Corps education, and analyze how much credit they have already gained toward an associate degree in information technology and/or cybersecurity.
“There has never been an inch of space between our administration and the General Assembly when it comes to taking care of our veterans,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “This has truly been a great bipartisan effort."
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