Arizona Legislature Grants Veterans In-State Tuition Status

Arizona Legislature Grants Veterans In-State Tuition Status

By Corinne Murdock |

The Arizona House unanimously passed a bill Friday ensuring veterans will receive in-state tuition rates, following unanimous support in the Senate last month. The bill, SB1115, also eliminated requirements that veterans needed to enroll in a college or university within three years of their discharge.

Out-of-state students pay tens of thousands more for tuition: around $18,000 at Arizona State University, over $24,000 more at University of Arizona, and nearly $15,000 more at Northern Arizona University. 

Senate Majority Whip Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) sponsored the bill. 

The bill now heads to Governor Doug Ducey to become law.

Ducey proposed that veterans’ spouses should receive a higher education tuition-free as well. 

Currently, veterans may receive free tuition if they have a 50 percent or more disability rating, received a Purple Heart medal, and was a resident of Arizona or stationed in Arizona at the time of their injury. Spouses of military members who died in the line of duty or from injuries obtained while serving are also eligible. 

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to