House panel approves bill giving veterans in-state tuition

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A House panel has approved a measure allowing military veterans who have been honorably discharged to get in-state tuition at South Carolina state colleges and universities as soon as they become residents of the state.

The approval Wednesday by members of the House Higher Education Subcommittee moves the bill to the full Education Committee later in the day. The Senate approved a similar measure in March.

The bill also allows veterans to transfer the benefit to their dependents.

Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, told lawmakers the issue had become urgent in order to bring the state in line with a federal law approved last year. If lawmakers didn’t take action, the federal government won’t allow military veterans in South Carolina access to GI Bill benefits in the fall.