Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes for GI Bill Recipient Access to Affordable Education
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted in support of the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act (H.R. 357) to ensure Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients are allowed to receive in-state tuition no matter what state they choose to pursue their education in.
“Our post-9/11 servicemembers and veterans are among the most highly educated fighting force in the world, and should be able to fully take advantage of their earned educational benefits when they come home from war,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Because of the unique demands of military service, our troops and veterans often face challenges when establishing residency and meeting requirements to be considered an in-state student. The bill we passed today ensures veterans can access affordable higher education, and continue to pursue successful careers after they have served our nation honorably.”
Currently, if a veteran chooses to attend college in a state where they have not established residency to the satisfaction of the school, they are faced with two choices: pay the difference between in-state and more costly out-of-state tuition rates, or wait to register until they have established residency, which can take up to a year in some states.
Fourteen states have already initiated the process to ensure fairness for recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.