House Passes Barrar Bill to Boost Veteran Enrollment in Pennsylvania Public Universities

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would grant in-state tuition rates to eligible veterans and their dependents at Pennsylvania’s public institutions of higher learning.

“This legislation is about recognizing the tremendous sacrifice of United States veterans by allowing them to attend colleges and universities in the Commonwealth at the same tuition rates paid by Pennsylvania residents,” said Barrar.  “Because of the transient nature of military life, it can be very difficult for a veteran to establish residency.  This can significantly increase the cost of tuition.  My legislation will level the playing field for veterans.”

Barrar noted that a full-time semester at a state-owned university costs $4,310 for Pennsylvania residents.  An out-of-state veteran would pay $9,223 for tuition at the same university. 

House Bill 472 would only apply to the tuition rates of Pennsylvania’s state-owned and state-related universities and community colleges, such as Penn State, Temple, West Chester, Cheney and Delaware County Community College.   

The legislation will now go to the Senate for consideration.

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at and

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
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