Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation allowing veterans to qualify for lower, in-state tuition rates at public universities immediately after leaving the military.
The measure passed the House 155-0 on Monday following 31-0 approval in the Senate last week. It now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Missouri now requires students at public universities to live in the state for 12 consecutive months before claiming in-state tuition. They must also obtain a Missouri drivers' license and earn at least $2,000 in Missouri during a 12-month period.
The legislation would require veterans with an honorable or general discharge to “demonstrate presence and declare residency” in Missouri before receiving in-state tuition. The Coordinating Board of Higher Education would come up with details for residency standards.