Lawmakers Approve Tuition for Foster Kids, Vets and Survivors

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:31 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A bill passed by the state Senate

would provide a tuition break for Missouri's foster children,

veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and the survivors of those killed

in combat.

Survivors of Missouri troops killed in combat would receive

grants equal to half the cost of tuition plus up to five-thousand

dollars for other expenses.

College students who have spent time in the state's foster care

system could have their tuition and fees waived if they agree to

complete 100 hours of community service each year.

Combat vets would receive grants equal to the actual cost of

tuition or the average tuition charged by the University of

Missouri system.

The legislation now goes to the house. It is expected to cost

more than 330-thousand during the first year.

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