CO House Approves Tuition Break For Military Kids

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Military dependents would get a break on college tuition under a bill that passed the Colorado House unanimously Tuesday.

The bill allows state colleges and universities the option of setting lower rates for students who don't qualify for in-state tuition because they moved away before graduation. Colleges could allow the lower tuition for students who attended at least two years at a Colorado high school within five years of college.

The measure now moves to the Senate. Many states make in-state tuition allowances for military dependents that move often and have a hard time establishing residency.

Earlier this session, House Republicans rejected a measure to allow a similar tuition category for illegal immigrants who are Colorado residents brought to this country as children.

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  • by Agree on May 1, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    I agree Chuck. They serve their country not just one state and have no choice where they are stationed.
  • by Cat Location: Fountain on May 1, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    How noble of anonymous to post that answer.. well its not our choice where we are posted, and most of the time, for us spouses, our educations are interrupted when we move to a new post.. at least our children can be afforded a break. Out of state tuition is astronomical. Thank you to the Colorado House for this bill. Thank you. I agree Police officers and Firefighters children should be afforded some breaks as well, but the difference is not so much because our soldiers are in danger, but we move state to state and don't put down the roots that most civillians do.
  • by Ashley on May 1, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    I am fine with military children getting in-state tuition b/c that is how it should be. And really I am fine with them getting in-state tuition in any state even if there parents don't live there. But I don't think there rates should be any less then other in-state college students. The military are not the only people putting themselves in danger everyday...police offices and firefighters do daily as well.
  • by Chuck Location: Colorado Springs on May 1, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    Children of military families should get in-state rates in all 50 states regardless of where they live. Their parents served the peaple of all states and as such should not be restricted to only schools in the state their parents have as home of record, a place the children may never have even lived in.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    Why they already qualify for in state tuition in the state their parents have residence. If the parents do not pay state income tax then no break.
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