NORFOLK -- A major boost for the G.I. Bill, as the House of Representatives unanimously passes a bill requiring all fifty states to grant in-state tuition rates to military veterans.

On a 390-0 vote Monday, the House passed the G.I Bill Tuition Fairness Act (H.R. 357).

The legislation would enable G.I Bill recipients to receive in-state tuition rates at any public college or university in the country, and not just those from a veteran's home state of record. As it is, twenty states including Virginia already have state laws to that effect on the books.

'If I had gone to another state, it would've cost me,' said ten-year Navy veteran Ken Wiseman of Norfolk. The 30-year old Veterans of Foreign Wars member is currently a graduate student at Old Dominion University, courtesy of the G.I. Bill. Wiseman says passage of a new federal law compelling all states to make the change is good public policy.

'This is an extremely important thing to do,' he said. 'there is an unemployment rate of current conflict veterans coming home that fluctuates monthly but often is higher that the civilian unemployment rate. This helps those veterans, puts them in school, puts money in their pockets to help them pay their bills, they don't have to worry about going to school and working.'

At ODU, the in-state cost for tuition and fees is $8,820. For out of state, the cost is $24,480.

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