Lawmakers pass bill to give vets in-state tuition

Veterans could have the opportunity to attend Tennessee colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates if Gov. Haslam signs a bill into law.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Veterans could have the opportunity to attend Tennessee colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates if Gov. Haslam signs a bill into law.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill 91-0.

The bill would allow veterans using certain G.I. Bills to attend Tennessee higher education institutions at in-state rates, even if they're not from the Volunteer State.

The bill also sets up parameters for campuses to qualify as "VETS campuses," by providing services like veteran mentoring and give vets credit for actions taken during service.

If signed into law it would start for fall semester 2014.


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