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H.177

Introduced by Representatives Pellett of Chester, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Gervais of Enosburg and Martin of Springfield

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; postsecondary tuition; resident rates; armed forces

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to ensure that a person who has been on active duty in the United States military within three years of enrollment at a postsecondary institution in Vermont will be considered a resident for purposes of tuition at the time of enrollment.

AN ACT RELATING TO IN‑STATE POSTSECONDARY TUITION FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 2185 is amended to read:

§ 2185.  DETERMINATION OF RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES

Any member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty who is transferred to Vermont for duty other than for the purpose of education shall, upon transfer and for the period of active duty served in Vermont, be considered a resident for in-state tuition purposes at the start of the next semester or academic period.  Any person who has served on active duty within three years prior to the date on which he or she enrolls at a Vermont state college shall be considered a resident for in-state tuition purposes as of the date of enrollment.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 2282  is amended to read:

§ 2282.  TUITION FOR VERMONT STUDENTS

(a)  The purposes of this section are to provide greater educational opportunities for the youth of Vermont through reduced tuition charges at the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College.

(b)  Except for those attending the college of medicine, the amount of tuition for eligible Vermont residents for attendance during each academic year shall be not more than 40 percent of the tuition charged to nonresident students.  Tuition for eligible Vermont residents for shorter terms shall be no more per credit hour than that charged eligible Vermont residents during the academic year.

(c)  The trustees of the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College shall define eligibility for reduced tuition charges so as to effectuate the purposes of this section.  Such a definition shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

(1)  reasonable durational domicile requirements;

(2)  provision that, except for a person who has served on active duty as a member of the United States armed services within three years prior to date of enrollment, a residence established for the purpose of attending an education institution by either the person seeking reduced tuition or another shall not by itself constitute residence for the purposes of this section;

(3)  requirement of such other indicia of permanent residence as said trustees shall deem proper. 

Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. § 2282a is amended to read:

§ 2282a.  DETERMINATION OF RESIDENCY FOR TUITION
 PURPOSES

(a)  Enrollment at an institution for higher learning, or presence within the state for the purposes of attending an institution of higher learning, shall not by itself constitute residence for in-state tuition purposes or for the purpose of eligibility for assistance from the Vermont student assistance corporation.

(b)  Any member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty who is transferred to Vermont for duty other than for the purpose of education shall, upon transfer and for the period of active duty served in Vermont, be considered a resident for in-state tuition purposes at the start of the next semester or academic period.  Any person who has served on active duty within three years prior to the date on which he or she enrolls at the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College shall be considered a resident for in‑state tuition purposes as of the date of enrollment.

Sec. 4.  RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY

This act shall apply to any applicable student who enrolled in one of the Vermont state colleges or the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College beginning in the autumn 2006 semester forward.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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