JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Military veterans could have an easier time claiming residency to attend Missouri public universities at a cheaper rate.
Legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate would let former military personnel claim in-state tuition if they are stationed in Missouri one year prior to their discharge.
Non-veterans who seek in-state tuition also are subject to a 12-month residency rule. But they must also obtain a Missouri driver's license, register to vote in the state and earn at least $2,000 in Missouri.
For 14 credit hours at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Missouri resident would pay $9,272 while an out-of-state resident would owe $22,440.
The bill's sponsor is Republican Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee's Summit. The measure now moves to the House.
Veterans bill is SB117.