Bills would allow in-state SC tuition for veterans

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Legislators want to make it easier for veterans to go to college in South Carolina by paying tuition at in-state rates.

But bills differ on how to do that.

A bill the House passed last week would waive the one-year residency requirement for veterans and their dependents who prove they intend to make South Carolina their permanent home. It would allow them to enroll immediately in a public college without paying up to $18,000 extra.

The director of a veterans group prefers the Senate version that's stalled in subcommittee. It allows the in-state rate for anyone attending college on the GI Bill, mimicking a U.S. House proposal.

Jim Lorraine of the Augusta-Aiken Warrior Project says lawmakers shouldn't throw up residency roadblocks for veterans who want to go to college.

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