Joe Robach values our veterans and wants to make sure that if they want to pursue a higher education, New York State makes it easy for them to do so.

Under current law, after serving in active duty, our soldiers who choose to come to New York State to study at State University of New York (SUNY) colleges are charged out-of-state tuition. This often results in significant tuition bills, as the federal GI bill does not fully cover the cost of out-of-state SUNY tuition.  As many know, the GI bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans (commonly referred to as G.I.s).    Benefits included low-cost mortgages, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend college, high school or vocational education, as well as one year of unemployment compensation.  The GI still exists today and offers tuition benefits for our veterans.

To rememdy this problem, Joe Robach sponsors an education bill that will allow any veteran and/or someone who has served in active duty in the United States military to pursue an education in New York by allowing them to attend SUNY colleges and universities as a resident of the State of the New York; thereby, waiving the residency requirements. The men and women who provide honorable service to our country should be able to attend college here in New York without worrying about extra cost that might fall to them because they are not yet a resident. Joe Robach believes that New York should be encouraging our service men and women to come our State, get an education at our colleges and universities and start their future here.

Joe Robach’s bill is currently pending in the Senate’s Committee on Higher Education.  For more information on legislation related to education or to veteran affairs, contact Joe Robach’s office.