In-State Tuition for Military Personnel
While military personnel have earned benefits to attend college and university through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, they still face a few challenges. One of those challenges: veterans who attend school outside of their home state may be forced to pay out-of-state tuition.
But some states are taking action to change this. Many states have already passed legislation that grants active military and veterans the right to in-state tuition wherever they enroll. And other state governments are currently considering the same move.
Each of the laws may differ slightly from state to state. We've mapped out just a few of the states that offer in-state tuition and what the legislation stipulates.
Ohio: Governor Ted Strickland recognized the challenge presented by the new G.I. Bill as early as 2008. He signed legislation that changed residency requirements for all 36 of Ohio's state schools, allowing veterans, their spouses, and their children to attend as in-state students.
New Mexico: In 2009, the state passed a bill that classified honorably discharged veterans, active duty personnel, and their spouses and family as residents so that they could receive in-state tuition, eliminating the waiting period that would qualify them as residents.
Kentucky: The vice chairman of the Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition in Kentucky lobbied for legislation similar to Ohio's for Kentucky state schools when he recognized that the state would lose military students to their neighboring state. The new legislation passed, giving military personnel access to in-state tuition in Kentucky in 2011.
Other states that have passed similar laws include Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and Oregon. Kansas has also recently been considering this legislation. Though military members, veterans, and their spouses can always look to DSST to earn college credits, its nice to know that the government is also working to make education and a college degree more attainable for this unique group of students.