• Texas Can Limit College Reimbursement for Veterans, Federal Court Rules0

    Texas did not violate the constitution by limiting its offer of a free education at public universities to veterans who were state residents when they joined the military, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The decision reverses a January 2015 ruling by a lower court that found the state law that limited the college tuition benefit unconstitutional. A veteran who enlisted in Georgia and moved to Texas after he left the military challenged the law’s Texas enlistment requirement, reported the Houston Chronicle. The appeals court ruled that the state has the right to regulate its own education system …

  • Cost of Veterans Tuition Benefit in Texas Balloons following Court Decision0

    The cost of a program providing veterans and family members free tuition and fees to public universities in Texas could approach $2 billion annually under one estimate after a federal court ruled in January it was unconstitutional for the state to limit the benefit to veterans who joined the military while living in Texas. The short-term impact of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. could be a sharp rise in the program’s annual cost to $750 million, but if veterans start moving to Texas to take advantage of the decision, it could cost universities $2 billion annually in tuition, reported the Houston Chronicle. The decision makes the program financially unsustainable, state Sen. Jane Nelson said last week. “We’ve created a monster,” said state Sen. Charles Schwertner …