Veterans would qualify for residential tuition rates regardless of how long they’ve lived in Michigan under bills that could be voted on soon by the state House. The measures were approved Wednesday by a legislative committee.
“We’ve got a long way to go compared to other states in what we’re doing for our veterans. Texas right now is offering free tuition, so I think the residency requirement is a good thing,” says state Representative Holly Hughes, the author of one of the bills.
The measures would apply in-state tuition rates at public universities and local rates at community colleges.
Hughes says the measures would help lower the high unemployment rate among veterans.
Universities and community colleges say the state would need to make up the lost revenue to schools. They also say there is federal education assistance for returning vets.