Allowing veterans in-state tuition overwhelmingly popular with Florida voters

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The push to make military veterans eligible for in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges and universities is popular with an overwhelming majority of voters, according to a survey released Wednesday by the University of North Florida.

The UNF poll finds that 55 percent of respondents strongly support the proposal, and 14 percent say they somewhat support it, according to Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News.

Of those who oppose the idea, only 16 percent say they strongly against giving in-state tuition to veterans and 6 percent oppose the idea somewhat. 

The effort is part of the “Florida GI Bill,” where veterans can pay in-state tuition has been a leading legislative priority for Florida Republicans Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford. 

The survey, taken March 6- 16, asked 565 Floridians and has a margin of error of +/- 4.12 percent.


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