Cicilline Urges Congress to Expand Education for Veterans

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today urged the U.S. Senate to pass the GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act, which would expand educational opportunities for our nation’s veterans.  This legislation, which Cicilline co-sponsored, was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last evening.

Currently, the G.I. Bill covers tuition at public colleges and universities up to the in-state tuition amount.  However, if veterans choose to attend college where they have not established residency they are forced to either pay the remaining fee or delay college until they establish residency, which in some states can take up to a year.  Because service members are frequently activated and required to pick up at a moment’s notice, veterans often have a difficult time establishing residency for in-state tuition purposes.  The GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act would correct this situation by requiring public schools to charge in-state tuition rates to all veterans in order to be eligible for G.I. Bill education payments.

"Every day our brave men and women in uniform put their lives on the line in defense of our great country.  They deserve and have earned the opportunity to pursue a college education with in-state tuition at any public institution in our country," said Cicilline.  “We should do all we can to ensure our veterans  have access to a quality education when they return from service and the GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act will help make college more affordable for them and their families.  I urge my Senate colleagues to swiftly pass this legislation."

Now that the bill has been passed by the full House of Representatives, it must be approved by the Senate before President Obama can sign it into law.

Organizations that support the GI-Bill Tuition Fairness Act include: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; American Legion; Paralyzed Veterans of America; Association of the United States Navy; Fleet Reserve Association; and, the Military Officers Association of America.

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