The University of Hawaiʻi’s student veterans are celebrating a recently approved policy change that grants in-state tuition to all qualifying veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The UH Board of Regents unanimously approved the policy amendment in an effort to expand veterans’ access to higher education.

“It’s the right thing to do for the veterans who have served our country. But just as importantly, it’s the right thing to do for Hawaiʻi. The veterans have a wealth of knowledge and experience and a University of Hawaiʻi education will enable them to unlock their capabilities for them and their families to thrive in their communities throughout our state,” said UH President David Lassner.

“It means a lot to me. We’ve been pushing hard in the Student Veterans Organization to get in-state tuition for the past couple of years. And so for this to happen is just pretty amazing,” said Kenith Scott, a UH Mānoa graduate student and Marine Corps veteran. “I think it’ll mean more opportunities to attend school in Hawaiʻi. Many veterans come here from the mainland. They got stationed here for several years and then they want to stay here because they’re established here.”

To receive this benefit, veterans must be honorably discharged from the military and be using their G.I. education benefits.

The new policy takes effect in the 2015 spring semester.

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  1. “It’s a big financial hardship for a lot of us,”

    It is a big financial hardship for everyone. Didn’t the Army teach you that there is no free lunch? Quite the opposite apparently.

    1. Actually no they tell you you serve your country and we’ll help you then they leave you high and dry. If you was in the military you know what I mean if not your clueless on what any military institution teaches.

    1. In many countries, military service is compulsory. Besides teaching discipline, national military history, and perhaps a skill that can possibly be useful in the civilian sector. Being honorably discharged and learning to work well with others is a great plus on any resume. Unfortunately our U.S. congress does not see fit to provide necessary funding for the V.A. to provide proper comprehensive medical treatment to those who return from war zones. and I am afraid writing a letter to our esteemed congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard would have little to no effect. She is quite aware of the problem being a veteran herself and possibly still a medical officer in the army medical corps. reserves. She has seen the injuries first hand, and is working tirelessly for the state of Hawaii.

  2. Wat they don’t tell u is that it’s only for certain vets, they leave out the part that says you must be discharged within last 3 years or you still don’t qualify. Seriously don’t get why it’s discrimatory against older vets for. Funny at university of Kentucky they had a retired colonel that ran the veterans resource center and they did alot of work for vets with housing, tuition, and aid. Not saying here their vets resource center don’t work for you, but it would be nice to have someone that has been through the same as us and know where we coming from.

  3. The law changed. If they charged the Veterans a out of state tuition rate the VA would not pay tuition. All schools are required to do this. Private schools need to use yellow ribbon kicker to make up difference of state tuition. To say UH honors Veterans is insulting because Veterans fought for this and had the law changed.

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