Target: University of North Carolina Board of Governors
Goal: Allow veterans fair use of benefits at the University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina has denied residency – and the opportunity to use veteran benefits – to a veteran who was accepted into the school. This is despite the fact that the woman and her husband have for years owned and paid property taxes on their home in North Carolina. Demand the University offer in-state tuition where it is due so veterans can fully use the benefits they have earned.
The veteran in question served in the United States Army for four years, where she met her current husband. They then purchased a house in North Carolina, and subsequently were temporarily relocated to Texas for military assignment. During this period, they continued to pay property taxes on and consider their North Carolina property their home. They then moved back to North Carolina after her husband, still on active duty, was ordered back to their home state.
Once back, the veteran applied to local schools in order to receive further education in training for a career. She was accepted at two, and chose the University of North Carolina Pembroke due to class selection and scheduling which allowed her to raise her daughter while working on her degree. Yet while the other school said she qualified for in-state tuition, the UNCP did not; the shocking part is, both schools are under the University of North Carolina system.
This distinction meant that the benefits granted under the Post 9/11-GI Bill designated to veterans could not be fully used, as they are for in-state tuition. The veteran appealed this decision, basing their argument on the fact that they paid property taxes on their home, only left for military duty, and fought to move back. Instead of receiving the respect and benefits they deserved, they were given hostility.
The University of North Carolina is discriminating against this veteran, most likely to pocket the money she would have to pay to cover what her benefits would not should she be labeled out of state. This is a problem facing veterans at other schools all around the country, who are being denied their benefits due to a unique circumstance around their duty in the military.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the University of North Carolina system to properly handle labeling veterans for tuition purposes so they may make full use of their benefits. After everything they have sacrificed, it is the least they deserve.
Dear University of North Carolina Board of Governors,
Your University has denied in-state residency to a veteran accepted into your Pembroke campus, and was thus denied the opportunity to use her full veteran benefits. This is despite the fact that she and her husband paid property taxes on their home in North Carolina for years. The University must offer in-state tuition where it is due, so that veterans are able to fully use the benefits they have earned.
The veteran in question chose the University of North Carolina Pembroke because it allowed her to attend school while raising her daughter. Yet while UNC’s Fayetteville State University, the other school who admitted her, said she qualified for in-state tuition, UNCP said she did not. Because of this her veteran benefits under the Post 9/11-GI Bill could not be fully used, being for in-state tuition. Although the veteran appealed this decision, citing that she and her husband paid property taxes on their home, left only for military duty, and fought to move back, she was given hostility and resistance.
Please take action to make the University of North Carolina system properly handle labeling veterans for tuition purposes, so they can make full use of their benefits when due. After all they have sacrificed, they deserve as much.
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