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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

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