WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded passage of the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act (H.R. 357), a bipartisan bill she co-sponsored that provides flexibility to veterans by requiring public higher education institutions receiving GI Bill benefits to charge veterans in-state tuition rates.
“Our nation’s veterans and their families deserve access to the benefits and resources they need after their brave service and sacrifice,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This commonsense bill offers veterans the flexibility to use their GI Bill benefits to enroll in the educational courses they want to take, where they want to take them.”
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill covers tuition and fees at the in-state rate of public schools under current law. However, due to the wide variance of state residency laws veterans often have a hard time establishing legal residency in certain states. H.R. 357 will require states that receive GI Bill benefit payments to offer all veterans in-state tuition as a precondition for receiving GI Bill benefits, allowing veterans to attend schools and programs that would otherwise have been impossible.
This legislation is supported by Indiana University, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, American Legion, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Association of the United States Navy, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America, and Student Veterans of America. A similar bill, S. 257, was introduced by Senator John Boozman last February.