Ran across a friend this morning who was the local disaster preparedness chief and was reminded of this thread.
I remembered that it was true, at one time, that non-Texas residents could get in-state tuition rates at public universities if they were serving in the Texas State Guard. The TSG is not the same thing as the National Guard. It is one of the three branches of the Texas Military Forces, but their role is to augment and supplement the other branches (Army National Guard and Air Force NG) and relief NGOs by providing civil affairs, communications, medical response, and maritime assistance, in times of emergency. They wear military uniforms, but are not part of the federal forces and cannot be deployed overseas. I don't think they even go on active duty for training with federal forces.
Read more at these links: Texas State Guard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Anyway, apparently they still do offer in-state tuition rates at public universities for member of the TSG (along with anyone serving in any branch of the military) regardless of how long they have lived in Texas. See Education Code here: Hazlewood Education Act
But here is the really cool thing - Texas State Guard members get free tuition for up to 12 hours per semester for as long as 5-years. Window on State Government: Education