Thursday, January 18, 2018

House passes Wesco’s bill aiding military students called to active duty

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2018) — The House of Representatives voted today in support of State Rep. Tim Wesco’s (R-Osceola) bill that would protect military college students who are called to active duty during an academic term.

Wesco said this legislation would ensure military college students who are called to active duty receive a tuition reimbursement or the opportunity to re-enroll in courses. The bill would apply to all military personnel, including members of the Indiana National Guard and reserve branches, and those who are from another state and are attending school in Indiana.

“Military members who are attending college and called to serve should not have their education suffer because they’re protecting our country,” Wesco said. “This bill would establish a streamlined process so Hoosiers don’t have to choose between serving our nation and furthering their education.” 

The legislation would also ensure that any financial benefits the veteran may receive from the federal government isn’t accounted against them in applying for financial aid at the state level.  

Wesco’s bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. To learn more about House Bill 1047, visit