This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman on June 9, 2015.
In January, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein ruled that the University of Houston could not deny Keith Harris, a Texas resident of 10 years who enlisted while a resident of Georgia, access to Texas’ free-college-for-veterans program.
Werlein’s decision opened the floodgates for non-Texan veterans to cash in on Texas’s 92-year-old Hazlewood program, the most generous program of its kind in the nation. The Texas Veterans Commission warned that the ruling will raise the cost of Hazlewood from $169 million to $2 billion annually if immediate changes are not made.
McGuire is a policy analyst with the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.