Student veterans in the state might soon find relief from burdensome tuition costs.
Members of the N.C. General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee met last week to discuss charging out-of-state student veterans in-state tuition rates. The cheaper rates would apply to student veterans at UNC-system universities and N.C. community colleges.
Since 2011, the post-9/11 GI Bill has covered the UNC in-state tuition total of $7,694 for any student veteran, regardless of North Carolina residency.
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GI Bill out-of-state students at UNC-system schools in fall 2011
GI Bill out-of-state students at community colleges in 2010-11
But out-of-state veterans are still left to pick up the rest of the tab on their $28,446 tuition bill.
Keith Gerry, a UNC-CH student and vice president of admissions for Kenan-Flagler’s Military Veterans club, said veterans often lose their North Carolina residency status after repeated deployments. He said he has paid thousands more in tuition costs as an out-of-state veteran.