Texas veterans tuition aid program will remain as is

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By kxan.com

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand an appeals court ruling that upholds a much-watched Texas program that promises free college educations to military veterans if they lived in the state when they enlisted.

The Hazlewood Act dates to the 1920s and gives qualified veterans up to 150 hours of free tuition. State lawmakers expanded the program in 2009 to include the veterans’ children.

A veteran who enlisted in Georgia but moved to Texas after his discharge challenged the law’s Texas enlistment requirements. The lawsuit sought to include tuition exemption for every veteran who moves to Texas, regardless of whether or not they lived in the state when enlisted.

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