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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Out-of-State Students Hurt by GI Bill Restriction

  • January 12, 2012
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While the Post-9/11 GI Bill generally has improved benefits for military veterans, a new restriction against covering out-of-state college tuition is providing a hardship.

The restriction is presenting a barrier to 3,000 veterans across North Carolina from attending college, forcing them to reach into their pockets to cover their tuition bills, reports WSOC-TV.

A fix could be found on either the state or federal level, however. A bill in Congress, H.R. 3483, would reverse the residency requirement. Or North Carolina could grant residency to veterans without a waiting requirement, as 16 other states already do.

There is another solution for the affected veterans in North Carolina — they could wait one year until they are considered residents of the state.

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