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Decorated Marine Carl Basham tried to enroll into college after two tours in Iraq, but was shocked to learn his Texas driver's license and bank records weren't enough to get the lower resident tuition rates. The school said he had been out of state too long!
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"It's an outrage that the military member should pay out of state tuition at all. No matter what state they would like to go to college in. Military members and their families give so much to our country that they all, and their dependents, should be guaranteed in-state tuition in all 50 states." — Leslie (LaPlata, MD)
"Along with a heartfelt apology and sincere thanks for his service, that school should provide complimentary tuition for Carl Basham's entire college education." — Ann (Fort Worth, TX)
"I believe what that college in Texas is doing to that Marine who served his country in Iraq is totally disgusting and a travesty of justice. I understand rules, but, surely some kind of special exception could have been made in this case. — John (Swan Point, MD)
"I think if a person has served their country, their education should be free. Any body who offers up their life for their country should get a lot of free stuff, including respect from every American." — Marsha (Hubbard, OR)
"Marine Carl Basham has been out of the state of Texas for over a year so he is no longer allowed to enter college in that state. How interesting. I hope President Bush doesn't want to go to college after he is out of office. He's been gone a lot longer than a year. Come on Texas, stop all the red tape and roll out the red carpet so this hero can go to school." — Steve, U.S. Army Retired (Newport, TN)
"I think that a Marine shouldn't have to pay for school, especially at a community college, at all! His decorated service should open many more doors instead of having to have him jump through red tape. Is this how Texas shows their appreciation for our brave men and women in the military? And you wonder why so few want to sign up!" — Maria (Boston, MA)
"As a former Marine of 12 years, I find it totally appalling as to what the President of the Community Collage of Austin is doing to this patriarch! As MY memory serves me correctly, the state and city in which you enlist in is your OFFICAL HOME OF RECORD! So with that in place, the young MARINE is an official resident of great state of TEXAS. He is a Texan regardless of where his military travels obligate him to serve is country. He was ordered by the Commander in Chief, who also is Texan citizen that has relocated to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the last six yrs. Does this make him ineligible for any tuition assistance in the future if HE were to choose to return to a college in Texas? I think not! President Bush should have intervened as soon as he had received first word of this, this is an outrage and disrespectful to our young men and women who serve our country!" — Mark (New Jersey)
"I am happy that the Marine may get a waiver, but after all of the crap he's gone through he deserves his full tuition waved!" — Harold (Dallas, TX)
"This is absurd! I also want the school and administrators investigated!" — Jack (Gastonia, NC)
"Every military man has listed a State Of Residence on his military record. If this young marine listed his state as Texas then he needs to get that info from the military and his problem will disappear. If he did not list Texas then he does have a problem. Stop making Texas the scapegoat of this! Get ALL the information before you condemn. My grandson had to produce these papers before he could enroll as a state resident at UT San Antonio. Please look into this more deeply. I heard on fox News that this young marine was a lifetime resident of Texas. If that is so, then he should have listed Texas as his state of residence and should be able to prove that though his military records...end of problem." — Betty (San Antonio, TX)
"It is an outrage. He has lived in Texas for 27 years, has a Texas driver's license, and a bank account in Texas, but he has spent two tours of duty in Iraq. He now has returned to Texas to attend college and has been informed that he must pay the non-resident fee of $2600 per semester as opposed to the resident fee of $500 per semester because he spent the last two years out of the state. Is this how Texan colleges treat our boys back from laying their lives on the line in Iraq?" — Thom
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