A push to prevent public colleges and universities from charging student veterans out-of-state tuition took a leap forward Tuesday when Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee leaders joined the cause.
The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed its own legislation last week. Its bill, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act, would require public colleges and universities to charge in-state rates of tuition and fees for student veterans if the schools want to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for any students. The measure, HR 357, would take effect on July 1, 2015, giving states more than two years to prepare.
The Senate bill, S 944, the Veterans’ Educational Transition Act, has the same effective date and purpose; it also would require public institutions of higher learning to charge in-state tuition rates for student veterans, regardless of their state of residence.