veterans — if you're not a citizen, you don't get free tuition

Texas restricts tuition for vets
Attorney general rules that only U.S. citizens qualify for the college education program

— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Military veterans who were not U.S. citizens when they enlisted no longer qualify for a Texas program that offers a low-cost college education to those who served during wars or national emergencies.

A state senator said Tuesday that the recent change in policy is unfair to many veterans, and she has asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to revisit the opinion that disqualified them.


War veterans can qualify for free tuition at a state college or university if they were citizens of Texas when they enlisted and had lived in the state for a year before enrolling in school.

Because the term “Texas citizen” isn’t defined by law, most state universities and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board had interpreted it to mean the veteran had lived in Texas for a year before enlisting.


That decision forced the Higher Education Coordinating Board to direct state universities to reject applications from veterans who are not U.S. citizens or who became citizens after they enlisted.

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