Service members who are taking college courses often get deployed or temporarily assigned out of state, causing them to lose their in-state tuition status. A bill in North Carolina has been introduced to allow military personnel to pay in-state tuition fees at community colleges, as long as they stay enrolled, reports the Fayetteville Observer.
"We're just trying to continue to remain a military-friendly state," said Democratic Rep. Elmer Floyd.
The bill, which was introduced by Democratic Rep. Edward Hanes Jr., recently passed the state House education committee.
"If North Carolina makes this investment, more service members will pursue a higher education, and they will put the skill they learn to work for our military. This educational experience will also assist them when they transition from the military," Larry Keen, president of Fayetteville Technical Community College, told the Observer.