First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 177




     AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning higher education.

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 21-14-12.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]:
     Chapter 12.2. Resident Tuition for Veterans
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "qualified course" means a course prescribed by a state educational institution to obtain an undergraduate degree.
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "qualified veteran" means an individual:
        (1) who:
            (A) served in the armed forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard; and
            (B) received an honorable discharge; or
        (2) who currently is serving in the Indiana National Guard.
    Sec. 3. A qualified veteran who enrolls in a state educational institution not later than twelve (12) months after the date of the qualified veteran's discharge or separation from the armed forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard is eligible to

pay the resident tuition rate determined by the state educational institution for a qualified course taken by the qualified veteran while attending the state educational institution.
    Sec. 4. (a) Subject to subsection (b), a qualified veteran is eligible to pay a resident tuition rate for a qualified course:
        (1) regardless of whether the qualified veteran has resided in Indiana long enough after receiving a discharge or separation from the armed forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard to establish Indiana residency under the otherwise applicable policies of the state educational institution; and
        (2) regardless of whether the qualified veteran has returned to Indiana for the primary purpose of attending the state educational institution.
    (b) A qualified veteran must provide to the state educational institution, not later than twelve (12) months after the date the qualified veteran enrolls in the state educational institution:
        (1) proof that the qualified veteran has registered to vote in Indiana;
        (2) proof that the qualified veteran has:
            (A) obtained an Indiana driver's license or a state identification card under IC 9-24; or
            (B) registered the qualified veteran's motor vehicle in Indiana; or
        (3) any other proof of residency as approved by the commission.
If a qualified veteran fails to comply with this subsection, the qualified veteran is subject to the tuition policies determined by the state educational institution. The state educational institution may charge the qualified veteran an amount that equals the difference between the nonresident tuition rate and the tuition charged to the qualified veteran for qualified courses in which the qualified veteran enrolled during the first twelve (12) months of enrollment at the state educational institution.
    Sec. 5. A qualified veteran who enrolls in a state educational institution later than twelve (12) months after the date of the qualified veteran's discharge or separation from the armed forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard is subject to the tuition policies determined by the state educational institution.


     Sec. 6. A qualified veteran who enrolls in a graduate degree program at a state educational institution is subject to the tuition policies determined by the state educational institution.


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