House Bill Update – Tuition Break for Veterans

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HB2495 In-State Tuition; Veterans


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Background: Current Arizona law grants in-state tuition rates to military families stationed in Arizona, members claiming Arizona as a legal residence and honorably discharged veterans who have claimed Arizona as a legal residence for 12 months prior to discharge.  They do not currently extend, however, to honorably discharged veterans who were serving in our state for less than a year.

Bill Proposal: The bill would amend the current legislation to read “…A person who was serving at a military installation in this state at the time the person was honorably discharged from any branch of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to immediate classification as an in-state student, without regard to the length of time the person was domiciled in this state.”

Bill Sponsors: Rep Tom Chabin (LD2), Rep Christopher Deschene (LD2), Rep Jack Brown (LD5), Rep Sam Crump (LD6), Rep Debbie Lesko (LD9), Rep Martha Garcia (LD13), Rep Chad Campbell (LD14), Rep Robert Meza (LD14),  Rep Rich Crandall (LD19), Rep Rae Waters (LD20), Rep McGuire (LD23), Rep Lynne Pancrazi (LD24), Rep Patricia Fleming (LD25), Rep David Stevens (LD25) Rep Phil Lopes (LD27) Rep Daniel Patterson (LD29), Rep Frank Antenori (LD30), ,  Rep David Gowan (LD30)

Does the Arizona Education Network support or oppose this bill? SUPPORT

Why?

There are three main reasons that we support this bill:

–Our veterans devote several years of their lives to protecting and serving the rest of us.  Offering in-state tuition rates to ANY U.S. veteran is a good idea as far as we’re concerned.

–Economics Part I:  In our opinion, it is a good idea to offer incentives to keep people who are interested in pursuing a higher education in our state.  College graduates earn more than the average high school graduate throughout their lifetimes, and this pays dividends back to the state in the form of income taxes, reduced reliance on social services, etc.

–Economics Part II:  Veterans’ life skills and training that are relevant to their area of study and can translate positively into the Arizona workforce.  Studies have shown that veterans who complete higher education studies tend to have lower unemployment rates, were able to utilize their training at work and had higher earnings that those who did not pursue further education.  This translates well for our state economy – studies from the Vietnam-era GI Bill estimate that the college benefits translated into an additional seven dollars to the national economy in terms of productivity, consumer spending and tax revenue for every dollar invested into tuition for vets.

LearnMore

HB2495 can be found in its entirety here.

Related Articles

A Closer Look at Enrollments of Veterans (Guess, Inside Higher Ed, Dec 2007)

Joint Economic Committee Hearing on the Future Costs of Funding the Iraq War (IAVA testimony, Tom Tarantino)

Vietnam Era GI Bill.  A Study Submitted by the Veterans’ Admiistration to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  (US Senate, 94th Congress, 2nd Session, August 1976)

College Rolls Out Red Carpet for Veterans (Farghalli, NRP, May 2009)

From Iraq to the classroom , Iraq Veteran Jeremiah Peterson Talks About Adjusting to Campus Life (Rocker, University of Minnesota, Fall 2007)

U of A Takes Steps to Ease Veterans’ Transition to College (Kornman, Tucson Citizen, October 2008)

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2 Responses to “House Bill Update – Tuition Break for Veterans”

  1. […] The current laws allow military families stationed in Arizona, members claiming Arizona as a legal residence and honorably discharged veterans  who have claimed Arizona as a legal residence for 12 months prior to discharge to claim in-state tuition benefits.  HB2495 would extend the in-state tuition rates to any military family who was honorably discharged from an Arizona military installation, regardless of the length of time the person was domiciled in Arizona. (See our detailed analysis here.) […]

  2. azrep22 says:

    Thks 4 the informative piece and the little bit of possible good news!

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