AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House is to discuss slashing a free college tuition program for veterans and their children amid conservatives’ calls that its costs are too high to be sustainable.READ MORE: Authorities: Man Accused Of Killing His Mom After Driving Into Group Outside Texas Restaurant
Republican Sen. Brian Birdwell’s proposal hits the floor Friday after already clearing the Senate.
Only veterans with six years of active duty who have lived in Texas for eight years and their children would be eligible for the so-called Hazlewood Exemption under Birdwell’s bill.READ MORE: Woman Found Dead After Apparent Domestic Dispute At Dallas Apartment, Police Say
It also cuts the number of free tuition hours available while requiring veterans to use them within 15 years of their military service ending.
Hazlewood’s cost to Texas public universities has climbed from $24.7 million in fiscal year 2010 to $169 million last fiscal year.
Veterans’ organizations argue that the cuts go too far.MORE NEWS: Strong To Severe Storms Possible In North Texas Sunday, Main Threats Are Large Hail And Damaging Winds
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