OLYMPIA, WA - A bill that would allow military veterans to pay in-state college tuition without waiting a year to establish Washington residency has made it through the Legislature and will head to the governor's desk.
The House passed Senate Bill 5318 unanimously Thursday. The Senate also passed it unanimously in January.
Both chambers introduced similar bills and although support for the measure was bipartisan, bills stalled because initially lawmakers couldn't agree who should get credit for the law.
The bill removes the one-year wait to establish residency for those who have left the military, as well as their spouses and dependents, under certain conditions. A student who is honorably discharged from the military after at least two years of service who enrolls in an institution of higher learning in Washington state within one year would be eligible for in-state tuition.