Some military veterans to get a tuition break at Indiana colleges

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Tuition at state colleges and universities will soon be more affordable for military veterans, thanks to new legislation passed by the General Assembly.

Senate Enrolled Act 177 grants in-state tuition rates to honorably discharged veterans and active National Guard members from any state.

Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, the bill’s author, said that returning veterans “fell into a trap” when trying to go back to school. Often a veteran — originally from Indiana — would be stationed in another state and establish residency there. Upon being discharged, he or she would then return to Indiana, only to be faced with the much higher out-of-state tuition rates.

The G.I. Bill — which pays for undergraduate education for veterans — only covers in-state tuition rates. The veterans are then left to find a way to make up the difference.

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