INDIANAPOLIS—Today, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1047 was signed by Governor Eric Holcomb. State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond), a co-sponsor of the bill, was present at the bill signing.

HEA 1047 stipulates that financial benefits received by a student for serving in the military may not be taken into account as income when determining the student’s eligibility for need-based aid, making it easier for veterans to qualify for educational assistance. HEA 1047 also requires state colleges and universities to provide full tuition refunds, or allow a student free re-enrollment in a course, when that student cannot finish their academic term due to being called to active duty.

“Providing for our veterans is of the utmost importance, and that includes providing opportunities for further educational attainment,” Sen. Mrvan said. “This bill allows greater access to educational resources for those who served our nation and ensures they are not penalized for answering when duty calls.”

HEA 1047 passed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously, and was signed by the governor today. The bill will go into effect on July 1, 2018.