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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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