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Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition for Veterans

9:57 AM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press

 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators want to make it easier for veterans to go to college in South Carolina by paying tuition at in-state rates.
 
But bills differ on how to do that.
 
A bill the House passed last week would waive the one-year residency requirement for veterans and their dependents who prove they intend to make South Carolina their permanent home. It would allow them to enroll immediately in a public college without paying up to $18,000 extra.
 
The director of a veterans group prefers the Senate version that's stalled in subcommittee. It allows the in-state rate for anyone attending college on the GI Bill, mimicking a U.S. House proposal.
 
Jim Lorraine of the Augusta-Aiken Warrior Project says lawmakers shouldn't throw up residency roadblocks for veterans who want to go to college.

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