Bills would allow in-state SC tuition for veterans

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

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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