In-state Tuition for BRAC families
Posted by Ed C on Wednesday, January 3, 2007
As reported in the Baltimore Sun:
Defense workers and their families who move to Maryland as part of the realignment of military bases will be allowed to immediately pay in-state tuition at Maryland’s public universities under a change approved by state higher education officials.
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents agreed to grant workers, their spouses and dependent children waivers of the 12-month residency requirement to qualify for the lower tuition rate charged to state residents. It will apply to the state system’s 13 campuses, including the University of Maryland, College Park.
In Nov. the Examiner (via Official BRAC) reported:
“We want to put out the welcome sign,” said Joe Vivona, USM’s chief operating officer and vice chancellor for administration and finance. “We want to demonstrate to the business community that Maryland is a place of quality higher education. With our proximity to Washington, our role in homeland security, national defense, and other high technology industries, education is the foundation in the state’s economy.”
Vivona said each new waiver could impact the first-year tuition costs of possibly 200 incoming students. Tuition at the University of Maryland, College Park for in-state residents is now $8,200, for example, versus $21,000 for out-of-state students. At Towson University, in-state tuition is $7,400 versus $16,500.
University System of Maryland spokesman John Buettner said a precedent for the waivers was set a decade ago when a similar BRAC realignment brought new military employee, to the Patuxent Naval Air Station in St. Mary’s County.
I guess this announcement makes it official. I wonder if this will encourage or delay families from Northern VA moving to the area? On one hand, those families that have children approaching college can now delay moving until right before the student starts at a Maryland school instead of moving 12 months before. On the other, families that were going to stay put because they missed the 12 month window may be rethinking that commute. Overall, probaibly a good thing because they now have more options.