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SUNY approves in-state tuition for veterans and their families

The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved a plan on Thursday, Sept. 10, to allow veterans to study at a SUNY school for the price of in-state residents, even if they do not reside in New York state.

In addition, the state plans to honor the same price of tuition for dependents of those veterans.

“Military personnel, veterans, and their families living on our campuses and in the state’s communities deserve the same access to affordable public higher education that all New Yorkers enjoy,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a press release.

At the core of this initiative is the legislation known as the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, which requires states to provide in-state tuition to veterans making use of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits without consideration of where they live.

President Barack Obama signed the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act into law in August 2014.

PHOTO CREDIT: THE U.S. ARMY/FLICKR.COM

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