February 19, 2014 by Latasha Myers
Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation that would induce public universities around the country to give veterans in-state tuition rates. With an astounding 390 House members on both sides of the aisle voting in favor of the bill (if only all agreements in Congress were that easy), the GI Tuition Fairness Act (H.R. 357) will help to ensure that our service members are able to pursue a fairly priced college education when they return home.
Out-of-state tuition can be twice, sometimes three times as much as in-state tuition. Many times in order to get access to in-state tuition rates the student must have lived in that state for a certain length of time, two years in many cases. But due to the transient nature that comes with a military job, many veterans do not have the luxury to stay in one place for extended periods of time in order to obtain residency status.
As reported by the Associated Press:
"20 states already have laws designed to help veterans get the in-state rate. Another 12 have legislation pending. Eight more have individual schools or school systems that provide veterans with waivers so they can get the in-state tuition rate, according to Student Veterans of America, an advocacy group."
The bill stipulates that the in-state tuition requirement would only apply to veterans who enroll in college within three years of leaving the service.
The bill still has to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President, but the wide bipartisan support received in the House is promising.
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