jbt gibillSPRINGFIELD— Veterans attending Illinois colleges and universities would qualify for instate tuition rates under a proposed law State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) guided to the governor’s desk this week.

“Those who serve our nation deserve our utmost respect,” said Bertino-Tarrant, Senate sponsor of HB3692. “Making college more affordable for student veterans is one way we can show appreciation to the men and women who loyally serve our nation.”

The proposed law would apply to veterans attending college through the Pre-9/11 G.I. Bill. Last year, Illinois allowed veterans using the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to qualify for instate tuition. Bertino-Tarrant’s legislation simply makes sure all veterans utilizing a G.I. Bill program qualify for instate tuition.

HB3692 would take effect during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Since being signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1944, the G.I. Bill has helped millions of veterans pay for college and readjust to civilian life after completing military service.

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