As many student veterans know, moving around a lot makes it hard to find yourself in a stable enough environment to attend a brick and mortar school. Nevertheless, Hayleigh Perez decided she wanted to attend a college in the University of North Carolina system once she finished her military service. Although originally from Iowa, Hayleigh and her husband had been stationed at Fort Bragg in NC before they deployed to Iraq in 2007. In 2008 she returned to Charlotte and in 2009, Hayleigh was honorably discharged from the military. After she left the military, Hayleigh and her husband bought a home in North Carolina and continued to pay property taxes on it while her husband was stationed in Texas.
When he was sent back to North Carolina in 2012, Hayleigh decided she wanted to attend classes at a North Carolina school. She chose two schools because the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers in state tuitions, so she was shocked to find she didn't qualify. Apparently, because Hayleigh paid her income taxes to the state of Iowa, she didn't meet the in state standards.
"I'm an American and I served our great country," she said. "My husband continues to serve and I don't have a state of residency if North Carolina is not considering me a resident."
She is now trying to reverse the decision so she can attend college in North Carolina.
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