5-10-2013

GI Bill Improvements Move Forward in the House

The House Veterans Affairs Committee recently approved the “GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act” (H.R. 357), sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (Fla.), chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Mike Michaud (Maine).  The bill requires colleges and universities eligible for GI Bill education benefits to give veterans in-state tuition rates even if they are not residents of the state where the school is located.

“The men and women who served this nation did not just defend the citizens of their home states, but the citizens of all 50 states. As such, the educational benefits they receive from the taxpayers should reflect that,” said Chairman Miller. “By offering in-state tuition, service members can attend an institution of higher learning that meets their specific needs without worrying about higher costs which non-residents often must pay.”

“Because of the nature of military service, veterans often have a difficult time establishing residency for purposes of obtaining in-state tuition rates,” added Ranking Member Michaud. “This bill will address this problem and ensure that veterans can access the affordable higher education options they have earned.”

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration. Members are urged to use the Action Center to ask their legislators to support this legislation and the Senate companion bill (H. R. 257).

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