The state Senate voted unanimously Monday in approving a measure that would extend military members’ eligibility of their TOPS scholarships. Senate Bill 579 would supersede current law, which limits high school graduates who join the military to a one-year grace period after completing their first tour in the armed forces to use a TOPS scholarship.
Under the legislation sponsored by state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, veterans would be allowed to enlist in the armed forces multiple times — provided they maintain continuous active duty — without losing their scholarship eligibility.
The basic Taylor Opportunity Program for Students covers tuition and some fees for public universities and colleges in the state. SB579 will go to the state House for consideration.