Missouri Senate bill helps veterans get state residency

Friday, February 15, 2013 | 1:15 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Military veterans could have an easier time claiming residency to attend Missouri public universities at a cheaper rate.

Legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate would let former military personnel claim in-state tuition if they are stationed in Missouri one year prior to their discharge.

Non-veterans who seek in-state tuition also are subject to a 12-month residency rule. But they must also obtain a Missouri driver's license, register to vote in the state and earn at least $2,000 in Missouri.

For 14 credit hours at the MU, a Missouri resident would pay $9,272 while an out-of-state resident would owe $22,440.

The bill's sponsor is Republican Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee's Summit. The measure will now move to the House.

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