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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Just as public schools are making changes due to demographics and funding, higher education is undergoing change as well. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports several important adjustments to those for whom college is important now.

Colorado, Minnesota and Oregon are part of 16 states having passed laws allowing some students who were brought here illegally when they were children, to pay lower in-state tuition rates. Only three states, California, New Mexico and Texas however, allow students to receive financial aid.

Twenty-one states, recently joined by Indiana, Missouri and Oregon, permit honorably discharged military veterans and active National Guard members to pay in-state tuition, regardless of which state in which they lived before enlisting. Other states assist veterans by waiving the requirement that students live in the state one year before qualifying for the lower tuition rate.

At a time in our history when trained graduates are critical, these opportunities are important.

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