H.C.R. NO.









urging HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS to refund or reimburse tuition money to STUDENT members of the Hawaii national guard or military reserves who are deployed during a school session.



WHEREAS, recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused the deployment of Hawaii-based National Guardmembers and military reservists, many of whom, although ready and willing to serve their country, were in the midst of living their personal lives; and

WHEREAS, the members of Hawaii's National Guard and military reserves are charged, in significant part, with the responsibility of protecting our State and nation's interests both here and abroad; and

WHEREAS, there are a growing number of students enrolled at institutions of higher education throughout the State who are members of the Hawaii National Guard or military reserves; and

WHEREAS, when these students are unexpectedly ordered to active duty to serve and protect our country for prolonged periods of time during a semester or academic year, they may experience financial hardship for the tuition they have paid; and

WHEREAS, with the continuing war in Iraq and increased demands for United States military presence around the world, it is likely that the number of students who are members of the Hawaii National Guard or military reserves and who will be deployed may continue to increase; and

WHEREAS, higher education is a key component to having members who make productive contributions to our community; and

WHEREAS, institutions of higher education in Hawaii should support their fellow citizens, who proudly serve in the National Guard or military reserve, as these volunteers are deployed to carry out their appointed duties in times of war and increased terrorist threats, with compassion for the circumstances facing our National Guardmembers and military reservists; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, the Senate concurring, that all institutions of higher education in the State are urged to refund or provide reimbursement of tuition for students who are members of the Hawaii National Guard or military reserves who are deployed while in school; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President and Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, and to the Adjutant General, who in turn is requested to transmit copies to all private higher education institutions in the State.






Report Title:

Tuition refunds or reimbursement for Hawaii National Guard or military reserves college students who are deployed