President Genshaft: Statement on Florida Legislature Passage of In-State Tuition for Veterans

March 11, 2014

The University of South Florida thanks and commends the Florida Legislature, under the leadership of Speaker Weatherford and President Gaetz, for today's final passage of the Florida G.I. Bill and the Congressman C. W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program. Among many other new benefits this bill will provide to military families, it will allow honorablydischarged veterans to pay the in-state tuition rate at state universities next fall.

This is a great step forward for veterans seeking a colleges education, as well as a strong and positive statement that Florida values its veterans and believes in their future potential. USF commends the student veterans across Florida who worked so hard to achieve this milestone.

The University of South Florida -- which is ranked by Military Times EDGE magazine as one of the nation's best universities for veterans -- has a long and proud history of serving student veterans and working in partnership for their future success. Student veterans bring maturity, leadership and a experienced global perspective to the campuses of the USF System and we are excited at the prospect of in-state tuition creating further opportunity for them.

By lowering tuition costs for many veterans, Florida now stands to retain more veterans both for their college education and again after graduation. History has already taught Florida that military veterans will bring a positive impact to our state as talented members of Florida's workforce; as entrepreneurs who will start businesses and as engaged citizens who will strengthen the fabric of our communities.

The USF System is a richer learning environment for all students because of the more than 1,700 veterans who are members of our student body. We look forward to the many successes ahead for these incredible students and thank our legislators for their support for this important issue.