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Bills Would Give In-State Tuition Rights to Veterans


Competing bills moving through the state legislature would give military veterans who have moved to California recently the right to pay in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities. 

One bill now in a Senate committee would delete an in-state tuition eligibility restriction that requires vets to have served in California at least a year before being honorably discharged. Steve Montiel is with the UC Office of the President.

“We estimate that the total fiscal impact to UC could be roughly a million-and-a-half dollars,” says Steve Montiel  with the UC Office of the President.

Montiel says the UC would want the state to reimburse that money.

Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva is one of the bill’s co-authors. She says educated vets benefit the state in the long run: “Once we get those who served us through the college system into the workforce, we’re going to by far paid back.”   

A separate measure wouldn’t mess with the one-year eligibility rule, but would give veterans two years to claim in-state tuition rights. That bill just passed an Assembly committee.



Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio