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UH Board of Regents Approves In-State Tuition for All Veterans

November 11, 2014, 2:05 PM HST
* Updated November 11, 2:08 PM
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A policy amendment approved by the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents will grant all qualifying veterans resident tuition all UH campuses beginning in Spring 2015.

The amendment, whose vote was unanimous, is in effort to expand veterans’ access to higher education.

“It’s the right thing to do for the veterans who have served our country. But just as importantly, it’s the right thing to do for Hawai’i. The veterans have a wealth of knowledge and experience and a University of Hawai’i education will enable them to unlock their capabilities for them and their families to thrive in their communities throughout our state,” said UH President David Lassner.

Student veterans who were both residents and non-residents fought for the in-state tuition for all veterans.

Hawai’i resident and Marine Corp veteran, Kenith Scott, is a graduate student at UH Manoa. “It means a lot to me. We’ve been pushing hard in the Student Veterans Organization to get instate tuition for the past couple years. And so for this to happen is just pretty amazing. I think it’ll mean more opportunities to attend school in Hawai’i. Many veterans come here from the mainland. They got stationed here for several years and then they want to stay here because they’re established here.”

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Military veterans receiving this benefit must be honorably discharged from the military and be using their G.I. education benefits.

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