Missouri Lawmakers Approve Tuition for Foster Kids, Vets and Survivors

FEBRUARY 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - 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 $5,000 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 $330,000 during the first year.

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