Friday, February 22, 2013

HB 1461: Veterans Welcome at Virginia Universities

Virginia House Bill 1461, which has been "approved" to become the new version of our state law, changes the requirements for establishing in-state tuition in the following way: veterans who've just come back to the U.S., and settled in Virginia, may qualify for in-state tuition before they've been here for a year.

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?131+ful+HB1461ER

Accordingly, if the young sailor whose photo Liz Klimas shows, or the Marine sergeant whose testimony she cites, had chosen to settle in Virginia rather than Michigan, they'd be eligible for the lower tuition rates now.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/22/veteran-returns-to-college-after-serving-in-navy-and-now-university-is-trying-to-charge-him-out-of-state-tuition-because-of-it/

And if any student veteran whose native state "thinks Iraq and Afghanistan are vacation homes" wants to move to Virginia, I will seriously consider adopting him (or her). They're the kind of young people of whom we need more.