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      Bills would allow in-state SC tuition for veterans

      Legislators want to make it easier for veterans to go to college in South Carolina by paying tuition at in-state rates.

      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.

      States that let veterans pay in-state tuition:

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- At least 19 states already allow veterans to pay in-state tuition, either through state law or by college policy:

      --Alaska

      --Arizona

      --Delaware

      --Georgia

      --Idaho

      --Iowa

      --Louisiana

      --Michigan

      --Minnesota

      --Mississippi

      --New Mexico

      --North Dakota

      --Ohio

      --Rhode Island

      --South Dakota

      --Tennessee

      --Texas

      --Utah

      --Virginia

      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures