Education Act Solidifies In-State Tuition Rates for Military Families
Military families may be breathing easier soon, as the House of Representatives passed a revised version of the Higher Education Opportunity Act on Thursday. The new version spells out compromises made by the House and Senate and is going to be displayed to the Senate by Friday.
The new bill, if signed into law, would assist military members, their spouses and dependents with tuition costs of in-state colleges. It would also provide scholarships and support centers for military families attending school. Under the law, schools would not be able to discriminate veteran students for requesting leave of absences due to military duty.
Spouses and family of military service members stationed out of state will still be able to claim the tuition rate for the state in which they reside. A scholarship program will also be instituted for dependents of service members as well as family of service members who were disabled or deceased due to their military duty since September 11, 2001.
If signed into law, these extended benefits would take effect beginning the first enrollment period for institutions of higher learning after July 1, 2009.
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