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Peirce College Protect and Serve® Grant Helps Veterans and Their Families Finance a College Education

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, October 30, 2007 - Peirce College is pleased to announce the third phase of its special Protect and Serve grant program. Effective immediately, the program's benefits, which cover up to 25 percent of the cost of a Peirce education, are extended to United States Military, Reserve and National Guard veterans, their spouses and college-age dependents.

The Protect and Serve grant program was established by Peirce College in 2003. In its initial phase, the grant targeted active and retired police, fire, corrections and emergency medical personnel. Shortly thereafter, a second phase was launched, which added active members of the military. In both cases, as with this third phase, spouses and dependents have also been included.

"A grateful Peirce College respects and supports these individuals," said Dr. Arthur J. Lendo, President of Peirce College.

Through the grant, Peirce College is also recognizing the sacrifices that many families make to support service personnel.

"The College values the vital role that the families play," Dr. Lendo said. "We made the tuition assistance available to them so they too may continue their education."

A large percentage of veterans have spouses and college age dependent children. According to the Population Reference Bureau, an organization that tracks population trends, more than 50 percent of retired military personnel have a spouse when they leave the service. In addition, over 73 percent of married personnel have dependent children. By comparison, only eight percent are married when they join.

Protect and Serve tuition assistance can be applied to all of Peirce's three interchangeable formats: on campus in Center City Philadelphia, on site at company and community locations, and online through Peirce Online®. Peirce College also accepts academic credit based on prior work experience.

Peirce is hosting an open house for veterans, reservists and active military personnel and their families on Monday, November 12 at the College at 1420 Pine Street in Philadelphia. The doors are open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those in attendance will learn more about how to apply for Protect and Serve. The College's $50 application fee will be waived for attendees. Individuals wishing to register should call 1.888.467.3472, ext 9000 or visit

Peirce College was founded in 1865 as Union College. Its origin was to provide returning Civil War soldiers with business skills to reap the economic benefits of the burgeoning industrial revolution. In the same spirit, Peirce welcomes today's women and men in uniform and their families so that they may enjoy the fruits of the 21st century economy.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472 or visit

Contact: Jonathan Morein
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