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USF president Judy Genshaft supports in-state tuition for veterans

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University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft released a statement Friday supporting proposed legislation that would provide in-state tuition rates to veterans going to school at Florida's public universities and colleges. The law would waive the waiting period veterans have to go through to establish residence. Twenty-six other states already do this.

Currently for an in-state undergraduate student, two semesters at USF's Tampa campus costs $6,410. For an out-of-state student, it's $19,665.

Genshaft wrote:

As we observe this Veterans Day, the University of South Florida thanks our nation’s veterans for their service to our country and their ongoing contributions to our community.

For USF’s 1,700 student veterans, the important next step in their journey is earning their degree. That’s why USF strongly supports the proposed state legislation that grants every honorably discharged veteran the right to pay the Florida resident rate tuition at our public colleges and universities.

Our nation’s veterans deserve our support in ensuring their success. Florida benefits from the leadership skills, maturity and perspective veterans bring to the classroom and to the workplace.

We thank all the members of the Florida Legislature who are advancing this important legislation and specifically two Tampa Bay area legislators, Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Kathleen Peters, who are the primary sponsors of this legislation.

USF was proud to be the first university in the nation to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs in providing veterans extended services under the new G.I. Bill. And we’re proud of our standing as one of the nation’s most veteran friendly universities and home to one the nation’s largest veteran student populations. The USF System will continue to do whatever it can to ensure the educational success of all our veterans.

Thank you for your support. And to our veterans, we truly appreciate and value your sacrifices.

Judy Genshaft

President, University of South Florida System

[Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 3:35pm]

    

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