Texas clause on veterans' tuition aid ruled unconstitutional

HOUSTON (AP) - A judge has ruled that a clause in a Texas law that limits veterans' tuition benefits is unconstitutional.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted into the military outside of Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zlZ8tV ) that the ruling could have broad implications for Texas schools.

Tuition and fee exemptions under the Texas Hazlewood Act cost Texas universities $169 million in 2014 and are projected to jump to $286 million by 2017.

Harris sought benefits under the Hazlewood Act and was rejected.

Harris grew up in Georgia but earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and attended law school there until his education benefits under the GI Bill ran out.

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