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Gov. Murphy signs bill expanding veteran access to vocational education

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed Senate Bill 3789 into law, sponsored by Sen. Vin Gopal, D-11th District, which will provide New Jersey tuition for veterans attending vocational schools in the state, regardless of their state of residence.

Sen. Vin Gopal, D--11th District.

Gopal

“Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices and put their lives on the line for our country, but they’re all too often unable to find work after leaving the military,” Gopal said in a statement. “With this law, we will give our faithful service members a leg up on getting the education they need to transition back into civilian life and build a successful career.”

S3789 allows veterans who are entitled to educational assistance under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be able to qualify for in-state tuition for vocational schools.

The law also extends the coverage of the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act to include vocational schools and work assistance programs. Educational assistance funds will be able to be used to cover the expenses of books, course fees and other program materials.

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