NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee lawmakers are considering offering veterans from other states a break on college expenses if they come to the Volunteer State. A new proposal from Senate Education Chair Delores Gresham would offer all honorably discharged vets instate tuition rates if they register within two years of leaving the service.
“Passage of this legislation makes a clear statement that Tennessee is committed to the success of veterans in their transition to civilian life,” said Senator Gresham.
“We welcome them to come to Tennessee to complete their education after separating from military service and believe they will fill a need in our workforce as a result of the skills they learned in the armed forces.”
The Somerville Republican noted many of these veterans are eligible for financial assistance and housing thanks to the post-9/11 GI Bill. The bill will help pay for graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational training, and other approved training programs, she said.
According to the bill, veterans must establish residency in Tennessee within a year of classes beginning by getting a Tennessee driver's license, register a motor vehicle, provide proof of employment, or somehow else prove residency.
“Many of our state’s employers express frustration at the difficulty they encounter finding employees with technical skills and aptitude necessary for the modern industrial workplace,” Gresham added. “Veterans separating from the service often have the skill set these employers seek.
"This legislation serves as an incentive for student veterans to come to Tennessee, fill these jobs while receiving their education, and for them to call Tennessee home afterwards.”