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UNC leaders may ask for authority to set tuition for veterans

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The UNC Board of Governors may ask state lawmakers for authority to charge veterans in-state tuition. The UNC Board of Governors may ask state lawmakers for authority to charge veterans in-state tuition.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The UNC Board of Governors may ask state lawmakers for authority to charge veterans in-state tuition.

Residency requirements became problematic for some servicemen and women in 2011 when changes to the G.I. Bill caused the federal government to stop paying out-of-state tuition for veterans.

To earn residency for tuition purposes, a person must have lived in North Carolina for at least one calendar year and show an intent to maintain permanent legal residence, which is often done by getting a driver's license, registering to vote or paying taxes in the state.

The U.S. Department of Defense has identified in-state tuition for service members as a top need, according to the UNC Proposed 2014 Policy Agenda.

Last year, Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), introduced a bill to give veterans in-state status at public college and universities in the state. His measure is stuck in committee.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) co-sponsored The Veterans' Education Equity Act of 2013, which would address the tuition issue at the federal level. The bill is still pending.

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