State officials answer questions about bill affecting children of disabled veteran's higher education

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Indiana Senate Bill 216 lays out the laws and benefits for children of disabled veterans.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 5:12 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 6:08 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Senate Bill 216 lays out the laws and benefits for children of disabled veterans. But a new update has raised concerns for one Lafayette disabled veteran.

As we previously reported, the update under concern is the addition of an age limit for children of disabled veterans to receive free tuition and fees.

According to Charlee Beasor, communications director for Indiana Commission of Higher Education, the bill now requires disabled veteran children to apply to a Children of Disabled Veterans Program by age 32 in order to receive this benefit. Previously there was no age limit.

Senate Bill 216 is scheduled to go into effect July 1. Children of disabled veterans must apply to this program before they turn age 33 to be eligible to receive tuition benefits. Bill Author, Senator Phil Boots said disabled veteran children age 33 and older who have not applied after this bill goes into action will have to go through a request process.

According to Beasor, the general assembly has invested $62 million into this bill, a $5.5 million increase from the 2017 budget.

Children of disabled veterans can apply to the program here.

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