House passes plan to give veterans in-state tuition

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A measure that would allow military veterans to pay in-state college tuition without waiting a year to establish Washington residency has been passed unanimously by the state House.

House Bill 1011 passed Tuesday. It removes the one-year wait to establish residency for those who have left the military, as well as their spouses and dependents, under certain conditions.

A student who is honorably discharged from the military after at least two years of service who enrolls in an institution of higher learning in Washington state within one year would be eligible for in-state tuition.

During the 2012-2013 school year, average in-state tuition for University of Washington-Seattle was just over $12,000 while students attending from out-of-state paid nearly $30,000.

The bill will head next to the Senate, which passed a similar bill in January.