For the second straight year, Ivy Tech Community College will freeze tuition rates for veterans and those serving in the military.
Ivy Tech began the freeze last year and announced Friday it will continue to hold military veterans’ tuition rates steady for the 2012-2013 school year.
Ivy Tech spokesman Jeff Fanter says the community college system serves more veterans than any other school in the state, and the tuition freeze ensures Hoosier vets aren’t overwhelmed by the price of higher education
“If you look at what their options are when they come back or, like I said, when they’re still oversees, in most cases we’re the only option for them,” Fanter says. “We’re the only affordable option for them.”
With more veterans returning across the country, there’ve been concerns that some higher ed institutions are preying on veterans for the government dollars they will bring with them to a school.
General Martin Umbarger, head of the Indiana National Guard, says Ivy Tech has a long standing history of supporting Hoosier servicemen and women.
“I would assure all Hoosiers and our veterans, our soldiers that end up getting these benefits, you’re going to get a good education, be treated squarely and fairly at Ivy Tech,” he says.
Fanter says keeping tuition rates low for veterans shouldn’t stress resources elsewhere.