North Carolina Denies Veteran In-State Tuition, Saying She Was Not a Resident

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Kyle Carter, Chancellor of UNCP, wrote a statement on Tuesday about veterans and Perez.

"We pride ourselves on being a military-friendly institution, a designation we have earned for the past six years. Currently we serve more than 800 military personnel annually," Carter wrote. "We strive to provide services tailored to their needs, as illustrated by our Veteran Education and Transition Assistance Office, and, as part of our strategic plan, we are expanding our services by creating the Office of Military and Veterans Services."

Perez's description of her experience at the university differs with Carter's account. She said there were few resources for veterans to transition into civilian student life.

Thigpen also said he hoped the university would admit "they are not doing enough."

About the resources that the university touts, Thigpen said, "Just because you have an office and one tiny little space, it's not much of a resource."

Perez has applied to master's programs but is looking at private institutions, displeased, she says, with how UNC treats its veterans. She said she is no longer fighting for her in-state tuition, but wants to advocate on behalf of other students.

"I honestly think at this point, it's really a moot point as far as my specific case," she said. "Since I launched my petition, we've received emails from veteran students across the country that are running into the same roadblocks."

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