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Tuition support for veterans passes House

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INDIANAPOLIS — State Representative Mike Andrade (D-Munster) is proud to provide tuition support to veterans, whether they live in Indiana or not.

The House today unanimously passed Senate Bill (SB) 93 with a vote of 94-0. Andrade is a sponsor of the bill.

SB 93, which now heads to the governor’s desk, allows veterans who live in a state bordering Indiana to receive in-state tuition at public universities if they enroll within three years of leaving military service. 

Currently, out-of-state veterans can only receive in-state tuition if they enroll within one year of leaving service, and then they must provide proof of Indiana residency within a year of being at school.

“We removed a significant barrier for veterans to attend and attain a higher education with this bill,” Andrade said. “There are a lot of great colleges and universities in Indiana, and if we can make tuition even just a little bit more affordable for our veterans, then we should.”

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition ranged from $4,161 to $25,565 for the 2019-20 academic year. 

“These men and women provided the greatest service one could for their country, and they deserve to achieve a bachelor’s degree and any dreams that come after,” Andrade said.

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