Veterans would get break in community college tuition

Capital News Service
LANSING – A constitutional amendment that would give all service members and veterans in-district community college tuition regardless of where they live could be on the ballot in 2014. With thousands of returning service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, many are accessing educational benefits from the federal government. The state constitutional amendment would provide returning veterans with more affordable college options, according to a legislative analysis. But opponents say the amendment would hurt colleges by reducing tuition that comes from the federal government not students. According to the College Board, the average tuition rate nationally in 2013 for a two-year institution is $3,131.