2005 Regular Session
To: Universities and Colleges; Appropriations
By: Representative Hines
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-103-25, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE A DISCOUNT ON COLLEGE TUITION FOR DISABLED VETERANS OF THE WAR IN IRAQ WHO ARE MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-103-25, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-103-25. (1) The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the boards of trustees of the community colleges and junior colleges are authorized to prescribe the amount of tuition and fees to be paid by students attending the several state-supported institutions of higher learning and community colleges and junior colleges of the State of Mississippi.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the total tuition to be paid by residents of other states shall not be less than the average cost per student from appropriated funds. However, the tuition to be paid by a resident of another state shall be equal to the tuition amount established under subsection (1) of this section if:
(a) The nonresident student was born in the State of Mississippi but subsequently relocated and resided outside the state as a minor under the care of the minor's father or mother, or both;
(b) The nonresident student is a veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States; and
(c) The nonresident student is domiciled in Mississippi no later than six (6) months after the nonresident student's separation from service, as evidenced by a Report of Separation from Military Service or other military discharge document, for the purpose of enrolling in a state institution of higher learning or a community or junior college.
(3) The tuition to be paid by a disabled veteran of the War in Iraq as evidenced by a Report of Separation from Military Service or other military discharge document, who is a resident of the State of Mississippi, shall be equal to sixty percent (60%) of the tuition amount established under subsection (1) of this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.