As required by PA Act 11 of 2015, Veterans and Military Personnel, their spouses and/or dependent children, may be eligible for reduced tuition rates as outlined below.

  1. Veterans, their spouses and/or dependent children, who reside in the Commonwealth of PA will be granted a tuition rate equivalent to local sponsorship rate. For purposes of this policy, a veteran student is defined as an individual who: (a) Served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard and was discharged/released from service under conditions other than dishonorable; or one who is an active duty service member; and (b) Resides in Pennsylvania while enrolled at Northampton Community College.
  2. Active military personnel, their spouses and/or dependent children, who are enrolled in online (distance) classes, and who reside outside of the Commonwealth, will be granted a tuition rate equivalent to Commonwealth of PA rate.
  3. Any individual who receives VA education benefits under chapters 1606, 1607, 30, 31, and 33, and who resides outside of the Commonwealth, will be granted a tuition rate equivalent to Commonwealth of PA rate.
  4. Civilian personnel who work at a Department of Defense facility in the Commonwealth of PA, their spouses and/or dependent children, will be granted a tuition rate equivalent to local sponsorship rate.

Those who qualify for reduced rates, as outlined above, are exempt from the 90 day residency waiting period, but must provide both proof of service and proof of residency prior to the start of the semester for which reduced rates are to be granted.

Proof of service must be documented with a DD214, current military ID, and/or VA Certificate of Eligibility.

Proof of residency, showing the local/PA address, can be documented with any of the following: PA Driver’s License/PA Dept. of Transportation ID card, per capita (school district) tax receipt, local EIT or Pennsylvania tax return, lease, utility bill, deed, bank statement, pay stub, credit card bill, or phone bill.

Important note: Students who qualify for residency after the beginning of a semester will be granted the appropriate tuition rates for the following semester. The college will not make retroactive changes to residency status.