Confirmed victory
Petitioning University of Michigan Board of Regents and 9 others

University of Michigan: Stop Discriminating Against Student Veterans

SUPPORTING THE TROOPS? The University of Michigan residency policy holds overseas military deployments AGAINST veterans in order to make them pay out of state tuition (approximately $10,000/year). Based off their own employee's estimates, U of M is making approx. $3 million a year through this policy. Veterans are being systematically targeted, forced to complete 20 or more pages of paperwork to challenge their "out of state" status and have no way of knowing how the appeals will go. The process is arbitrarily enforced, takes 2-4 months to resolve and in the meantime veterans may be dropped from classes because they can't pay for the out of state tuition (which is not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill). In most cases, veterans have to provide their parent's financial and tax information, regardless of whether they are independent or not.

In one case, the residency classification office told a veteran she needed to legally separate from her spouse, who is working out of state to pay for her extra tuition, in order to "cut out-of-state ties" and receive in state tuition.

In another case, they told an Iraq war veteran and Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, who had never left the state of Michigan except for military deployments, that he was an out of state resident because he "left the state of Michigan and went to Iraq for a year."

Do they think Iraq and Afghanistan are military VACATION HOMES? This is outrageous and MUST STOP!

We believe this money is WRONGFULLY earned and NO veteran who serves their NATION should be considered an out of state resident in ANY of the states they defended.  We want to get as many signatures as possible so we can tell the Regents at U of M that the public DOES NOT support this policy.

Letter to
University of Michigan Board of Regents
Regent, University of Michigan Mary Coleman
Regent, University of Michigan Katherine White
and 7 others
Regent, University of Michigan Andrew Richner
Regent, University of Michigan Andrea Newman
Regent, University of Michigan Shauna Diggs
Regent, University of Michigan Laurence Deitch
Regent, University of Michigan Julia Darlow
Regent, University of Michigan Mark Bernstein
Regent, University of Michigan Denise Ilitch
Vote in your next meeting to stop discrimination against student veterans with the residency policy. Veterans who serve their nation should be automatically accepted as in-state residents. They defended every state and should be honored by your University as residents, not accused of being out-of-state. End this policy now!