Veterans honored with reduced tuition at Colorado Mountain College
Active-duty military personnel, veterans and their spouses and dependents will now receive Colorado Mountain College’s in-district tuition rate — the lowest cost for credit hours — no matter where they live.
The college is offering this discounted rate as “a show of gratitude for military service and sacrifice,” according to a news release.
Veterans and military students, and their dependents, will pay the CMC in-district tuition rate: $56 per credit hour for 100- and 200-level courses, $96 per credit hour for 300- and 400-level courses.
Ryan Lanham is an Army veteran currently taking classes at the Spring Valley and Glenwood campuses. He is pursuing two associate degrees, one in Spanish and one in psychology. While he is currently not paying for school under the GI Bill, Lanham said he is grateful the college is offering discounts to veterans.
“If I ever exhausted that, then their tuition rates would be fantastic,” he said. “It’s too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Debra Crawford, CMC public information officer, said this represents a discount compared with other tuition rates, depending on whether someone — military or not — qualifies for in-state or out-of-state tuition.
At the 100 to 200 level, the cost for in-state residents is $95 per hour, for Western states residents $142.50 and for out-of state residents $299. For 300- to 400-level classes, in-state cost is $200 per credit hour, Western states $300 and out-of-state $400.
CMC was recently named by the U.S. Department of Education as the nation’s third-most-affordable public college offering bachelor’s degrees.
“CMC is great with trying to make sure students get to the next level,” Lanham said. “They have a genuine interest in our well-being.”
Crawford said having many classes available online makes it easier for working students to earn an occupational certificate or take classes toward an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Veterans or active-duty military personnel can visit CMC’s veteran admissions website at: http://www.coloradomtn.edu/web/admissions/veterans_military. In addition to outlining admissions requirements for prospective students, the site offers information on potential VA benefits, including those resulting from the post-9/11 GI Bill.
The spring semester at CMC begins the week of Jan. 13, but some classes start later. To find out more, visit http://www.coloradomtn.edu/web/classes or call (800) 621-8559 to find a local campus.
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