Florida Bill Expands Educational Opportunities for Veterans

Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday signed into law legislation that would waive out-of-state tuition fees for military veterans, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

The veterans proposal, dubbed the Florida G.I. Bill, won unanimous support last month in both of the state’s legislative chambers. Gov. Scott, who served in the Navy, said that he hoped the legislation would make Florida "the most military-friendly state" in the nation.

"The support our military has received from our elected leaders in Florida is at the highest level in my memory," said Major Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr., of the Florida National Guard.

The tuition waiver program would allow veterans who are not Florida residents to pay in-state tuition rates. The current out-of-state rates can reach up to four times the amount that residents pay.

The legislation also includes provisions that would connect veterans to potential employers and increase funding for continuing education and industry certification programs for active service members.


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