New legislation that waives out-of-state tuition for honorably discharged veterans is named after the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young.
Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 7015 March 31, creating the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” which waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans.
Rep. Young represented the people in Pinellas County’s District 13 in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 42 years before he died Oct. 18, 2013. He was well known for his work with veterans and their families.
“My top priority is to create jobs for Florida families, and since every good job begins with a great education, I am proud to sign H.B. 7015 that will waive out of state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans,” Scott said in a press release. “I am pleased to also sign this legislation that will help our veterans find employment and expand career opportunities for veterans and their spouses. We are working to be the most military-friendly state in the nation, and this is another step to support our brave men and women who serve our nation.”
Retired Army Colonel Mike Prendergast, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs said, “Waiving out-of-state tuition fees for returning veterans has been the primary focus of Florida’s collegiate veterans for several years. From expanded education benefits and veterans’ outreach to enhanced hiring preferences and improved access to services, this remarkable legislation signed into law today truly means Florida is the most veteran and military friendly state in the nation.”