- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2015

All recent U.S. military veterans and their families will now be able to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities throughout the country, regardless of how long they have lived in-state, the White House announced on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. 

The change is part of President Barack Obama’s “steadfast commitment” to military families and aims to make sure veterans and their family members can both access and get the most out of higher education, administration officials said Wednesday, Reuters reported. 

Officials also unveiled plans to launch a revamped comparison tool to offer veteran-specific college admission statistics to help applicants better evaluate their preferred programs.

The administration also plans to ramp up efforts to curb deceptive enrollment tactics used by schools aiming to recruit more veterans, Reuters reported.

While Mr. Obama is pushing his administration to enact these changes as quickly as possible, he is also urging Congress to move forward on three pieces of legislation to help improve veterans’ education, administration officials said. 

One of the proposed bills would place increased standards on schools receiving G.I. Bill funds, while another would help protect G.I. Bill benefits for veterans whose schools close mid-term.

The third bill would crack down on for-profit colleges that target veterans for recruitment. 

“These pieces of legislation will really ensure that veterans have the opportunities and assistance to … realize the American dream,” Cecilia Munoz, a domestic policy adviser to the president said, Reuters reported. 

“What we think this does is ramp up the accountability” of those schools, Ms. Munoz said, adding that it ensures “we are requiring a high-quality education for veterans that have served us well.”

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