Veterans at UF Back Bill Extending In-State Tuition to All Vets
Published April 12th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - For veterans who decide to attend college after coming home, having to pay out-of-state tuition can be costly. But a new bill working its way through the state legislature aims to ease the burden by allowing all vets to pay in-state tuition.
Senate Bill 260 would require state universities to treat all veterans as in-state residents. The bill would extend the benefits of in-state tuition to both active-duty and reserve veterans.
Current law requires a vet to live in the state for at least a full year before they can qualify for in-state tuition.
Although many consider the bill's intent to be noble, critics have pointed to the price-tag, claiming the cost of extending these benefits to all veterans will only hurt a state university system that they say is already under-funded. But supporters of the bill disagree.
"While you can probably associate a fiscal cost to providing in-state tuition for all veterans, you can't compare that to the cost that veterans and their comrades that have fallen overseas have paid," said Matthew Davis, a veteran and president of the UF Collegiate Veterans Society. Davis traveled to Tallahassee last month to help advocate for the bill's passage.
Currently, Senate Bill 260 is still being debated in the Senate Education Committee. There are at least 10 other states that already have similar laws in effect.
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