Earlier this month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law that allows military veterans to become eligible for in-state tuition rates at South Carolina colleges and universities as soon as they become residents. The bill – which was signed on Thursday, May 7, 2015 – had been unanimously passed by both the South Carolina House and the Senate.
The bill was written to ensure veterans and their dependents have access to higher education. Under previous law, military members who retired or were honorably discharged were treated like any other out-of-state student by universities – even if they had been stationed in South Carolina. The passing of the new law means the following:
- The requirement that individuals must live in South Carolina for at least one year in order to get in-state tuition rates will be waived for military veterans.
- Veterans will now be eligible for in-state tuition at South Carolina colleges and universities as soon as they become residents.
- The new law applies to veterans who were honorably discharged, as well as their dependents.
As a veteran-owned law firm, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is pleased South Carolina lawmakers have approved laws that benefit the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The new law means no waiting for residency requirements and less expensive opportunities for vets who want to use the GI Bill to help pay for their education.
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