Hundreds of Nevada National Guard members are earning college degrees under a tuition waiver approved five years ago by the state Legislature.
During the last school year, higher education officials say 607 National Guard members attended college on the state waiver program at a cost of $788,494.
To recognize the sacrifices of Guard members, the 2003 Nevada Legislature passed a law allowing men and women on active Guard duty to attend any college or university in the state without having to pay tuition. The program later was expanded to include reimbursement for cost of textbooks.
To date, the program has paid an estimated $2.8 million in free
tuition to Guard members.