Frank Burns

PA.State Representative Frank Burns (D-72) is shown during a question and answer session at the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, PA., Wednesday, Oct.3, 2018.

A bill that would provide in-state tuition rates to college students with active-duty military parents in Pennsylvania, even if their parent is reassigned to another state before they can begin their education, passed the state House unanimously this week. 

The bill, authored by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor, would guarantee the in-state tuition rate for military families as soon as a student enrolls in a public college or university, regardless of where their military parent is later reassigned. 

Under current law, Burns said dependents of military personnel in Pennsylvania who enroll at a public college or university are charged in-state tuition rates, but the U.S. Department of Defense found some students lost the in-state rate due to a parent’s reassignment outside of Pennsylvania between the day the student was accepted to the college or university and the first day of the semester. 

Burns’ bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.