Veterans have earned a tuition break

Alan Bates

Sen. Alan Bates

I served in Cam Ranh Bay and Da Nang in the early years of the Vietnam War. When I returned home I wanted to attend college in the Pacific Northwest, but I was a resident of Michigan, having lived there for a short time just prior to my service. Out-of-state tuition can be prohibitively expensive, and in order to get in-state tuition, I waited an entire year to enroll in college after moving to Washington state.

Based on my own experience, I know that one of the best ways we can support veterans is by making college more accessible and affordable. Oregon has a responsibility to support our servicemen and women in uniform, especially as they return home and prepare to enter the workforce. Unfortunately, veterans often find themselves priced out of a college education due to the high cost of out-of-state tuition.

Recently, I voted on a bipartisan bill to give veterans at Oregon’s public universities and community colleges the opportunity to pay in-state college tuition — making it significantly less expensive than what they’ve paid in the past. This law helps us honor the sacrifice of our veterans by providing them with greater opportunities, and I was proud to vote in favor of it.

Our veterans have made many sacrifices defending their country. We’re making good on our obligation to do what we can to give them better access to an excellent education, and honor them by making college more affordable when they return home.

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