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Veterans Sue Over Tuition Benefit at 4 Missouri Colleges

A group of veterans has sued four public colleges in Missouri, alleging that they have violated the Missouri Returning Heroes’ Education Act, a law that caps tuition at $50 per credit hour for combat veterans who have served since 2001. The cap comes into play once all other federal and state aid is applied to tuition, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. The veterans, who seek class-action status for the lawsuit, say the benefit should apply to the entire cost of college, not just tuition. The law “damages Missouri combat veterans” because it doesn’t consider the cost of room and board, transportation, books, and other expenses, according to the lawsuit, which challenges the University of Missouri at Columbia, the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Moberly Area Community College, and Southeast Missouri State University. A university official said the four campuses use a procedure recommended by the state’s department of higher education.

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