Nixon signs bill to cut college costs for military members

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ People who move to Missouri and join National Guard or Reserves will be immediately eligible for in-state tuition at Missouri colleges and universities under a new state law.

To get in-state tuition, students currently must get a full-time job or live in Missouri for a year and meet other requirements.

Under the bill signed Monday, interim Higher Education Commissioner Leroy Wade says students can move to Missouri and immediately get the in-state tuition rate if they join the National Guard or Reserves.

When the bill takes effect in August, public colleges and universities also won’t be able to charge veterans more than $50 per credit hour before other scholarships are applied. Veterans can keep leftover money. State and federal scholarships now are applied first.