N.C. student veterans might get a reprieve from out-of-state tuition costs — either through the N.C. General Assembly or through the U.S. Congress.
A bill , co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., that would require higher education institutions to charge student veterans in-state tuition regardless of their state of residence is awaiting consideration in Congress.
And last October, the UNC-system Board of Governors passed a resolution asking the N.C. General Assembly to give the board authority to determine residency for veterans. Many N.C. student veterans who were stationed out of state are not considered in-state residents after they leave active service and try to enroll in N.C. institutions.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers only the cost of in-state tuition, leaving veteran students to pay the difference if they are charged out-of-state tuition.
Marlena Brokob, a member of Carolina Veterans Organization’s Executive Committee and a military veteran, said she established residency in North Carolina a year before she ended active duty because she knew it was necessary for tuition purposes.