New Ohio bill would allow military service members to qualify for in-state tuition

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Active duty military service members, their spouses and dependents could soon qualify for in-state tuition at Ohio colleges and universities.

Residency status is currently defined by the state’s Chancellor of Higher Education and prevents individuals who are residing in Ohio primarily to attend institutions of higher learning higher from being eligible for in-state tuition.

House Bill 16 would require the Chancellor to expand the qualification for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities to military service members and their dependents.

“We all recognize the tremendous sacrifices service members and their families make for citizens of the United States. Without a place to permanently call home, it is hard to justify limiting a dependent’s college choices to the state in which his or her parent or guardian was last stationed,” State Representative Rick Perales said. “House Bill 16 is a small step Ohio can take to show our military members and their families that we support them and that we appreciate their service to our country.”

House Bill 16 passed unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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