|I am introducing legislation that will amend Title 51 (Military Affairs) to require the establishment of a “Combat to College” program at state education institutions. The legislation would promote a veteran-friendly educational environment to assist veterans and returning deployed military in attaining a degree from a higher educational institution.
The following highlights the legislation and its standards:
- State education institutions (PASSHE, state-related universities, and community colleges) shall provide post-secondary credit to veteran students from their military training.
- A statewide task force shall be established to recommend best practices.
- Each state education institution shall designate a coordinator who will be tasked with developing programs and events that create a positive atmosphere for veteran students.
- State education institutions shall not require veteran students to pay an admissions fee when returning to the state education institution attended prior to mobilization.
- While state educational institutions will be required to follow these standards, Pennsylvania’s private education institutions can be awarded a “Pennsylvania Combat to College Certified” status for voluntary compliance with these state standards.
- State education institutions will provide central access to veteran students for admissions, financial aid, class registration, disabled veteran accommodations, and academic counseling programs.
- State education institutions shall provide veteran students with a “M” to indicate mobilized status, instead of withdrawal, on college transcripts if a student is called to active duty.
The program would sunset in 15 years.
I hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation. Thank you in advance for your support.