White House Announces U.S. Veterans, Families To Receive In-State Tuition Nationwide

President Obama, Medal of Honor

In-state tuition rates to public colleges and universities throughout the country will now be given to all recent U.S. military veterans and their families, the White House said in an announcement Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The change in policy is a result of President Barack Obama’s “steadfast commitment” to military families with the aim of ensuring veterans can both access and get the most out of higher education, according to administration officials, Huffington Post reports.

A revamped comparison tool will also be made available to veterans to offer specific admission statistics, so they may better evaluate programs, and to try and curb deceptive enrollment tactics used by schools aiming to recruit veterans.

There are also three pieces of legislation Obama hopes to see approved that will improve veterans’ education.

One bill would heighten standards for schools receiving G.I. Bills funds, while another would protect G.I. Bill benefits for veterans whose schools close mid-term. The third would increase regulation of for-profit colleges, who regularly target veterans.

"These pieces of legislation will really ensure that veterans have the opportunities and assistance to...realize the American dream," Cecilia Munoz, a top domestic policy advisor to Obama, said.

Munoz added that the new legislation would “ramp up accountability” of schools and require “a high-quality education for veterans that have served us well.”

There was even more good news for veterans on Veterans Day who are, or would like to be, employed by Starbucks.

Starbucks announced that their 100 percent tuition-free four-year college benefit will be extended to the spouse or child of every U.S. veteran or active military reservist employed 20 or more hours a week, Forbes reports.

Starbucks currently offers the zero-tuition benefit to every employee who works 20 hours per week or more through the online campus of Arizona State University.

Sources: Huffington Post, Forbes / Photo Source: US Army Africa/Flickr

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