Senate plans to move forward on in-state tuition for Washington’s military service members

It is time to do what is right for our veterans.

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OLYMPIA…Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, chairwoman of the state Senate Higher Education Committee, said today, “It is time to do what is right for our veterans and give them the same educational opportunities that we provide for other Washington state residents.” Bailey plans to reintroduce legislation this session to address the educational needs of veterans living in Washington state that failed to pass the State House of Representatives in 2013.

SB 5318 – Would have reduced the waiting time for veterans and active duty service members to be eligible for resident tuition. Senator Bailey added, “That even the House’s own report notes that the disparity in tuition costs are significant for post 9/11 GI benefit recipients.”

The report highlights that, “Nonresident tuition may be significantly higher. For example, for 2012-13, average resident tuition at University of Washington–Seattle is $12,383 and nonresident tuition is $29,938. The average tuition and fees for students taking 15 credits during the academic year at community and technical colleges is $4,000 for residents and $9,235 for nonresidents.”

Washington State will join 22 other states that afford a similar incentive to service members that reduce barriers in achieving their post-secondary educational goals.

Senator Bailey added, “Providing access to our nation’s veterans and active duty service members to best use their education benefits is a top priority for me as well as Department of Defense officials. It is time that we do what is right for our veterans and active duty service members.”