Many servicemembers take advantage of the education benefits afforded to them by their time in the military, and a large number states make sure it's easy for troops to head back to school once they've separated from service. This is especially true in Indiana, where legislators recently extended rules allowing out-of-states troops to pay in-state tuition and schools including Indiana State University (ISU) have been particularly welcoming to active duty servicemembers and veterans alike, reports CBS affiliate WTHI reports.
Indiana State implemented a policy in 2010 that offered in-state tuition to active duty troops regardless of where they were stationed, and they recently extended that policy to veterans who are not currently active in the military. The new policy applies to troops who served at least one year, ISU officials say.
"[If they were] honorably discharged or medically discharged we would grant that individual residency for fee payment purposes if they could prove they were living in Indiana, along with their children and spouses," ISU Vice President of Enrollment John Beacon told the news channel.
Of course, Indiana is not the only place where servicemembers and veterans are heading back to the classroom. In fact a growing number of military families are also making use of the post-9/11 GI Bill. According to findings from the Veterans Affairs Department, an estimated 54,000 spouses made use of the benefits in 2012 – a 70 percent increase from 2011.