Bill Summary for S 251 (2015-2016)

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Mar 11 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 251 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 11, 2015
AN ACT TO WAIVE THE TWELVE-MONTH RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT AND CHARGE THE IN-STATE TUITION RATE FOR VETERANS WHO RECEIVE CERTAIN FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS, THEIR SPOUSES, AND THEIR DEPENDENT RELATIVES WHO ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF CERTAIN FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS AND TO WAIVE THE TWELVE-MONTH RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT AND CHARGE THE IN-STATE TUITION RATE FOR CERTAIN OTHER VETERANS.
Intro. by Clark, Meredith.

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Enacts new GS 116-143.3A to make veterans meeting the following criteria eligible for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment at an institution of higher education without satisfying the residency requirement: (1) the veteran applies for admission to the institution of higher education and enrolls within three years of discharge or release from the specified institutions, (2) the veteran qualifies for and uses educational benefits pursuant to 38 USC Chapter 30 (GI Bill) or 38 USC Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance), (3) the veteran's abode is in North Carolina, and (4) the veteran provides the institution of higher education with a letter of intent to establish residence in North Carolina. Provides that persons who are the spouse or a dependent relative of a veteran are also eligible for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment without satisfying the residency requirement if they meet all of the following criteria: (1) the individual qualifies for admission to the institution of higher education and enrolls within three years of the veteran's discharge or release from the specified institutions, (2) the individual is the recipient of transferred educational benefits pursuant to 38 USC Chapter 30 (GI Bill) or 38 USC Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance),  (3) the individual's abode is in North Carolina, and (4) the individual provides the institution of higher education with a letter of intent to establish residence in North Carolina. Provides that the individuals qualifying for in-state tuition pursuant to the above provisions remains eligible for the in-state tuition so long as they remain continuously enrolled at that institution of higher education. 

Enacts new GS 116-143.3B to allow veterans that do not receive certain federal educational benefits to receive in-state tuition and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment if they meet the following criteria: (1) the veteran does not qualify for educational benefits pursuant to 38 USC Chapter 30 (GI Bill) or 38 USC Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance), (2) the veteran qualifies for admission to the institution of higher education and enrolls within three years of discharge or release from the specified institutions, (3) the veteran's last duty station was in North Carolina, (4) the veteran's abode is in North Carolina, and (5) the veteran provides the institution of higher education with a letter of intent to establish residence in North Carolina. Provides that veterans qualifying for in-state tuition pursuant to the above provisions concerning veterans who do not qualify for the specified educational benefits remain eligible for the in-state tuition so long as they remain continuously enrolled at that institution of higher education. 

Effective July 1, 2015, applying to the specified individuals that enroll or are enrolled in institutions of higher education on or after that date. 

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