Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on In-State Tuition for Veterans & Their Families

September 10, 2015

“Today, the State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the next step necessary to ensure that all veterans and importantly – their dependents, as well – can pursue a SUNY degree at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of residency.

“Military personnel, veterans, and their families living on our campuses and in the state’s communities deserve the same access to affordable public higher education that all New Yorkers enjoy.

“As SUNY works toward an ambitious completion goal of awarding 150,000 degrees annually by 2020, I am deeply proud of today’s Board action, which brings to a full circle New York State’s leadership as one of the early adopters of the federal Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014.”

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