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Marty King Nov 12, 3:16 p.m.
I love how people like her file frivolous lawsuits to make a buck on a settlement.
ashcash21 Nov 9, 2:23 p.m.
Just because she owned a home in NC and paid taxes on it does not mean she was a resident of NC. Otherwise, people that owned multiple homes in multiple states could be considered a resident of any one the states.
Doesn't she have to declare residency in a state? Her husband would have to delcare residency of one state and if she is unemployed then she is considered a resident of the same state as her husband.
jcthai Nov 9, 2:22 p.m.
Clearly Congress could solve this by mandating either that the GI Bill pay in or out of state tuition, or better yet, mandate that all universities should give in state tuition to any vet, regardless of residency. Either we support our vets or we don't....
Reformed Liberal Nov 9, 2:04 p.m.
You live out of state. Pay out of state. Don't look for a hand-out around here. Because no one here will give you one.
jhk0704 Nov 9, 12:34 p.m.
YOU LIVED IN TEXAS!!!!!! end of story. What is it that she is confused about again? Owning a house does not make you a resident you actually have to live here. Sounds to me like someone likes/needs attention.
Taffy Nov 9, 12:05 p.m.
Seriously. Owning a house in state was enough for Elizabeth Dole to run for Senate as representing NC when she really didn't live here. I have no problem extending in state tuition to any vet who lives here, owns property here or is stationed here not matter how temporary. The UNC system makes plenty of other exceptions for athletic out of state students who don't qualify for athletic scholarships.
forautumn Nov 9, 11:59 a.m.
"Don't for minute think that your military connection, having the nerve to try and enter and lib university didn't have something to do with it! UNC has proven quite clearly that they will bend any rule at any time if you can tackle or shoot hoops"
Looks like someone is confused about the schools involved and is more concerned with silly terms like "lib".
forautumn Nov 9, 11:58 a.m.
Lets see...she got into FSU with in-state tuition, but opted to go to Methodist instead. Now she wants to sue.
sounds like a money grab. She could have gone to FSU and paid in-state, been cheaper than what she is paying at Methodis. Heck, out of state at UNC-P is less than what she is paying at Methodist.
I think someone is grabbing for some cash.
notyou Nov 9, 10:29 a.m.
Owning a house in a state (even if you are paying taxes on it) does not equate to residency. If that were true our state elections would have lots of extra votes from our of state folks with vacation homes here. She moved her residency to avoid paying income taxes in NC (which is what funds that in-state tuition). She is not a resident. I commend her for her service but that does not mean she is in the right in this case.
mrschizzy Nov 9, 9:00 a.m.
If I remember correctly from the original story, she maintained a residence in NC and paid the property taxes on it. I don't know about the income tax portion. But if she maintained a residence in state while living in Texas for a period of time, then as far as I know, that is still maintaining residency. She should have gotten in-state tuition. I support her cause and the lawsuit, because if this happened to her, then it has happened to others and will continue to happen to others. A line needs to be drawn and if it takes a lawsuit to do it, then so be it.
BuglessDuster Nov 9, 8:49 a.m.
This is ridiculous. Give the lady the in-state tuition that she deserves. She was making mortgage payments and paying property tax in North Carolina.
changedmyname Nov 9, 8:07 a.m.
I support her cause too, but not her lawsuit. I don't think we know all of the story because there is a The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act enables military spouses to do what their servicemembers have long been able to do -- claim and maintain residency in one home state, pay income taxes only to that state, and vote as a resident of that state, for the duration of their military career, without regard to where they are stationed. Texas has no state income tax and she was probley was claiming Texas while in the Military and continued when she moved with her husband. The feds don't play around and could possibly get her for tax evasion. If she planned to come back to NC then why didn't she do the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act.
Sherlock Nov 9, 8:03 a.m.
She need to do this. This school belives it can do what it wants when it wants, this school does not support education unless you have money or play basketball or football. If she did that she would be in with no problems.
yankee1 Nov 8, 7:28 p.m.
Sorry Marty! She can't put any pressure on UNC to do the right thing now and in the future without attacking their taxpayer funded pocketbook! I hope she cleans their proverbial clock!!
Marty King Nov 8, 7:23 p.m.
I support her cause but not her frivolous lawsuit.
yankee1 Nov 8, 7:02 p.m.
Go get 'em Hayleigh! Don't just settle for admission, take back a bunch of taxpayer money! If your name were Hernandez and you were illegal, they'd have given you a front row seat. Don't for minute think that your military connection, having the nerve to try and enter and lib university didn't have something to do with it! UNC has proven quite clearly that they will bend any rule at any time if you can tackle or shoot hoops!
rachel Nov 8, 6:31 p.m.
we give so much preference to this or that group for scholarships, admissions etc. Shouldn't vets be accorded the lowest tuition cost for the college of their choice? After all, the gi bill is footing the bills and this is paid for by taxpayer dollars, so let the returning vets go to college. Its the least we can do.
Crumps Br0ther Nov 8, 6:13 p.m.
If she were here illegally there wouldn't have been any problems
101jackson101 Nov 8, 6:05 p.m.
Illegals get more from this country than our own veterans, shameful
Tax Man Nov 8, 6:05 p.m.
So they will give in state tuition to illegal criminal aliens (felons) but not to honorably discharged vets who were NC residents when they joined the military and remained taxpayers and homeowners in NC the entire time? Someone needs to spank their behinds and remove the board that applied that rule! We should give FREE tuition to military veterans returning from combat missions if they even remotely have ties to our state! Shame on UNC Pembroke - they should be dishonorably discharged for treason! I signed her petition and I would be happy to support her legal case. I am a Vietnam Veteran who did complete college and law school on the GI Bill!
whatelseisnew Nov 8, 6:05 p.m.
"educational institutions should be removing every barrier for our military personel/veterans to obtain higher education."
There is NO barrier. She can go to the school, she just does not want to pay the price they are asking. Yes she should get the lower tuition rate, but it is past time to eliminate subsidized tuition. One of the things I wonder about is, it used to be Vets got money from the Federal Government to pay for education, is that still true? I would be surprised if it is not.
gammasandi Nov 8, 5:50 p.m.
educational institutions should be removing every barrier for our military personel/veterans to obtain higher education...forget all this scramble to accomodate illegals and prisoners...
baldchip Nov 8, 5:24 p.m.
NO surprise-good luck!!
justafella Nov 8, 5:22 p.m.
This should have been done years ago.
westernwake1 Nov 8, 5:16 p.m.
Let's hope she is successful in forcing the UNC system to reform their policy.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03