US Senator Dick Durbin says veterans attending public colleges shouldn't be burdened with out-of-state tuition and fees. The Democratic senator is working with lawmakers to fix an unintended consequence of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The bill provides up to $18,000 for veterans attending private colleges. It limits the benefit for veterans at public colleges to the amount charged for in-state tuition and fees. In a press release, Durbin's office says many veterans are having trouble establishing residency and qualifying for in-state tuition. More than 20,000 veterans have had to pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition out of their pockets. Durbin says those costs can be dramatic. He says there's an "easy fix." His proposed legislation would provide money to help cover out-of-state tuition at public universities.
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