Proposed Arizona Bill Would Help National Guard Members Cover Tuition Fees

Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:45am

National guard members could soon see a sizable tuition break if a bill at the capitol passes.

House Bill 2352 passed unanimously through the military veterans and regulatory committee this week. It’s written to help 7,700 national guard members cover tuition fees once their federal benefits are exhausted.

Representative Anthony Kern said 32 other states offer free or discounted education to their service members.

“In my opinion I think it is unconscionable that we don’t have a program offered to our current national guard members that would provide them with reduced tuition rates,” Kern said.

Kern said he introduced the legislation after noting only a fraction of National Guard members are enrolling for classes at either ASU, U of A, or NAU.   

If passed, guard members could enroll at any university for the same rate as employees.

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