1Amending the act of December 15, 1982 (P.L.1266, No.287),
2entitled, as amended, "An act conferring limited residency
3status on military personnel, their dependents and civilian
4personnel assigned to an active duty station in
5Pennsylvania," further providing for attendance at State-
6related and State-owned institutions of higher learning and
7community colleges.

8The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
9hereby enacts as follows:

10Section 1. Section 1 of the act of December 15, 1982 
11(P.L.1266, No.287), entitled "An act conferring limited
12residency status on military personnel, their dependents and
13civilian personnel assigned to an active duty station in
14Pennsylvania," amended June 28, 1996 (P.L.420, No.60) and July 
159, 2010 (P.L.453, No.57), is amended to read:

16Section 1. (a) General rule.--The term "resident" or 
17"residency," or any other term or expression used to designate a 
18Commonwealth resident student, when used to determine the rate 
19of tuition to be charged students attending community colleges, 

1State-related and State-owned institutions of higher learning 
2shall be construed to mean and include any veterans, their 
3spouses and dependent children who do not currently reside in 
4Pennsylvania. The term shall also be construed to mean and 
5include military personnel [or their dependents], their spouses 
6and dependent children who are assigned to an active duty 
7station in Pennsylvania and who reside in Pennsylvania and any 
8civilian personnel [or their dependents], their spouses and 
9dependent children employed at a Department of Defense facility 
10who are transferred to Pennsylvania by the Department of Defense 
11and who reside in Pennsylvania. [Military]

12(a.1) State-related or State-owned institutions.--Veterans, 
13their spouses and dependent children, military personnel [and
14their dependents], their spouses and dependent children and
15civilian personnel [and their dependents], their spouses and 
16dependent children who are admitted to [a community college or]
17a State-related or State-owned institution shall be charged
18resident tuition rates provided that the student is a resident
19under this section on the first day of the semester or term of
20the [college or] institution.

21(a.2) Community colleges.--Veterans, their spouses and
22dependent children, military personnel, their spouses and
23dependent children and civilian personnel, their spouses and
24dependent children who are admitted to a community college shall
25be charged the local sponsor rate provided that the student is a
26resident under this section on the first day of the semester or
27term of the college.

28(a.3) Distance learning tuition.--A community college, 
29State-related or State-owned institution of higher learning 
30[may] shall charge resident tuition rates to any active military 

1personnel and their dependents who are taking college courses or 
2receiving other education services through the Internet or by 
3other electronic means.

4(b) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
5words and phrases shall have the meanings given them in this

7"Community colleges." Institutions now or hereafter created 
8pursuant to Article XIX-A of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, 
9No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, or the act of 
10August 24, 1963 (P.L.1132, No.484), known as the Community 
11College Act of 1963.

12"Local sponsor." A school district, municipality or county 
13board of school directors, or any combination of school 
14districts, municipalities or county boards of school directors, 
15that participate or propose to participate in the establishment 
16and operation of a community college.

17"Local sponsor rate." The tuition charged to an individual 
18who is a resident of a school district or municipality that is a 
19member of the local sponsor of the community college.

20"Member of a local sponsor." A school district or 
21municipality that, alone or with other districts and 
22municipalities, is included in a local sponsor.

23"State-owned institutions." Those institutions which are 
24part of the State System of Higher Education pursuant to Article 
25XX-A of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the 
26Public School Code of 1949.

27"State-related institutions." The Pennsylvania State 
28University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and 
29Lincoln University and their branch campuses.

30"Veteran." An individual who served in the United States 

1Armed Forces, including a reserve component or National Guard 
2and who was discharged or released from service under conditions 
3other than dishonorable and is eligible to receive benefits 
4under 38 U.S.C. Ch. 33 (relating to post-9/11 educational 

6Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.