Runner Fights For Veterans' Education
Runner wants in-state tuition fees for veterans. Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) introduced legislation that will allow all veterans returning from active duty, regardless of their state residency, to pay in-state tuition at one of California’s public colleges or universities.
“Men and women who serve our country sacrifice and disrupt their lives and careers. This legislation honors their commitment,” said Runner. “This bill will eliminate burdensome hurdles that cause many veterans to pay out-of-state tuition and ensure they have priority to register for the college classes they need.”
Senate Bill 272 would do the following:
- Allow all veterans coming off of active duty, regardless of residency, to receive in-state tuition in California.
- Allow veterans returning from overseas duty or coming out of active duty status to be given priority registration at California State University or at a community college during the first semester.
- Allow servicemen and servicewomen who are called away from school during a semester to be given priority registration the following semester when they return.
“This legislation will ensure men and women who have served our country not be hindered in their academic careers,” said Runner.
SB 272 builds from legislation authored by Runner and signed into law in 2000 which allows active members of the armed forces and their dependents stationed in California to receive an exemption from residency requirements so they can pay in-state tuition.