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Bill Gives Tuition Break To Out-Of-State Soldiers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Lawmakers are considering legislation to give service members returning to Idaho after serving out-of-state a break on tuition costs at public universities and colleges.

The House Education Committee voted Wednesday to introduce the measure, which allows members of the U.S. armed services to meet residency requirements and pay in-state tuition immediately upon their return home. Under current law, these soldiers would have to live in Idaho for a year before they could pay in-state tuition.

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition can mean thousands of dollars each year. Lawmakers have previously moved to allow out-of-state members of the Idaho National Guard to pay in-state tuition. The state Board of Education says the absence of a similar fix for members of the U.S. armed services was an oversight.

      
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