Military veterans and reservists assigned to Utah would be assured in-state tuition at public colleges and universities under a measure advanced by a House panel Monday.
Sponsored by Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, HB124 requires veterans to have been honorably discharged and reservists to takes steps to relinquish residency in other states before qualifying for in-state tuition, usually about a third of what out-of-students pay at Utah's eight public institutions.
"We have guys that have gone off to war, served their country and come back here and pay out-of-state tuition. They are taking their GI bill [benefits] and taking it to the private institutions," Brian Garrett, a 22-year Air Force reservist active in veteran employment issues, told the House Education Committee. He described one high-achieving veteran who had graduated from a Utah high school but nearly went to North Carolina for college because of the hassle of getting a tuition break.