Cook: Taking some stress off of military families

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Friday, February 7, 2020

Packing boxes of personal belongings and loading them on a truck is just one of many tasks that come with moving into a new home. And if that new home is in another state, that adds another level of stress to any family. For those in the military, the moves happen frequently when orders are given to relocate to a new base and this has a big impact on their children. That is why I authored a bill to ensure students’ from military families can enroll in their new school quicker and pay in-state tuition for college.

With this legislation, military families would be able to enroll their children in school before they establish residency in the district if they provide the proper documentation. Roughly 185,000 military children move between schools annually, and about a third of them move during the school year. During this transition, some students experience a gap in their education, which could result in incomplete grades.

This bill would not only address K-12 students, but it also allows for dependents’ and spouses of military personnel based in our state to receive in-state tuition at Indiana universities. Typically, students have to live in the state for at least two years in order to qualify for lower tuition rates. This legislation would ensure dependents and spouses from active military families receive in-state tuition and allow them to keep paying that rate if their family is given orders to relocate to another state.

Picking up your family and moving them to another state is a stressful venture for anyone, including those who chose to serve our country. House Bill 1091 demonstrates Indiana’s continued commitment to our military as it alleviates some burdens for those who answer the call to serve our nation and their families. 

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and

portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.