Who in the U.S. Most Deserves In-State Tuition?
In recent times, the term outrage has become so overused as to have been rendered meaningless for the most part. However, there occasionally does arise a situation that still qualifies as a genuine outrage, and FOX News is reporting this one which I discovered through a link at my favorite milblog, This Ain't Hell. WARNING: You probably shouldn't even read this if you don't want to start your day fuming at government/academic stupidity writ large.
The quick summary is that the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, close to Fort Bragg, one of America's largest military installations, has denied in-state tuition to an Army combat veteran, Sgt. Hayleigh Perez, who served a 14-month tour in Iraq. Sergeant Perez, a mother and the wife of another soldier, decided to leave the military and further her education with the goal of continuing her service as a contributing member of society by becoming a physician's assistant. Due to her various transfers and assignments which I'll not detail here, all while maintaining a home in North Carolina, an academic review board for the university system has refused to overturn an earlier decision that Sgt. Perez does not qualify for in-state tuition. This, they say, is due to her not paying state income tax during her Iraq deployment and six months spent accompanying her husband on a service tour in Texas, notwithstanding a usual dispensation from state governments on tax liabilities when one is in military service.
This comes, mind you, from a system that has in the past pondered granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens.