Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Austin Community College tells veteran he is no longer a Texan

The Star-Telegram reports (bugmenot:
Carl Basham was born in Beeville, registered to vote in Travis County in 1998, holds a Texas driver's license and does his banking in Austin.

So he was shocked when Austin Community College told him a few weeks ago that he didn't qualify as a Texas resident 'for tuition purposes.' Basham, a former Marine corporal, said he was even more shocked when officials told him why: After two tours of duty in Iraq, he's been out of the state too long to qualify.
This is important to him because as a resident, his tuition would only be about $500 per semester. As a non-resident, it's about $2,600 per semester. I think bad P.R. is going to win the day on this one.

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