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Tuition break for out-of-state veterans passes Senate

Tuition break for out-of-state veterans passes Senate

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
February 24, 2010
Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
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February 24, 2010

The Idaho Senate approved a measure that would allow veterans from anywhere in the U.S. to relocate to Idaho and receive in-state tuition at a state university or college. The change could save a veteran up to $10,000 a year in tuition costs.

“This is an additional tool to help those veterans that have served at least two years and are separated under honorable conditions,” said Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello. She said she sponsored the legislation after talking with veterans at an event at Idaho State University last year. Her measure now heads to the House.

Several states, including Oregon, New Mexico, and Ohio, have enacted similar tuition breaks in the past few years. Montana, Wyoming, and few other states offer free tuition for veterans who lived in that state prior to enlisting. Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, has a similar measure that has yet to make it out of a House committee. UPDATE: Hagedorn wrote, in the comments below, that he is now a co-sponsor on Bilyeu's legislation. Read IdahoReporter.com’s first story on the tuition breaks for veterans here. Bilyeu’s legislation is available here.

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