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McCrory signs bill giving vets in-state college tuition

Military veterans will have an easier time receiving in-state tuition rates at UNC schools and North Carolina community colleges starting this fall semester.

Gov. Pat McCrory was joined by about a dozen military members at the Executive Mansion Wednesday as he signed Senate Bill 478 into law. It goes into effect July 1.

The law waives the 12-month residency requirement to receive in-state tuition for certain non-resident veterans and those entitled to education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Education Program or the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program.

“We firmly believe that a lot of you are not North Carolina residents but you are stationed right here, and we want you to stay in North Carolina when you finish your service,” McCrory said. “This new law will boost North Carolina’s economy by encouraging the talent to stay right here.”

McCrory also signed Senate Bill 43 which gives vets an extended time period to apply for a Commercial Driver’s License from 90 days to one year.

“We want to continue to be the most veteran-friendly state in the United States of America,” McCrory said. “Veterans are leaders. They are highly skilled, trained and have a history of getting jobs done. In fact, they are going to help fill the skills gap that we have in North Carolina.”

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