White House announces in-state tuition for U.S. veterans, families

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All recent U.S. military veterans and their families will now be offered in-state tuition rates to public colleges and universities throughout the country, the White House said on Wednesday.

Announced in honor of the U.S. federal holiday Veterans Day, which fell on Wednesday, the change is part of President Barack Obama's "steadfast commitment" to military families and aims to make sure veterans can both access and get the most out of higher education, administration officials said.

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Officials also announced the launch of a revamped comparison tool to offer veteran-specific admissions statistics, which aims to help applicants better evaluate programs, and a new effort to curb deceptive enrollment tactics used by schools aiming to recruit veterans.

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Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., places flowers at the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "This was his favorite time of day," said Sarver. "He loved sunrises." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Veterans bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., visits the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "His smile and his soft brown eyes," said Sarver of what she remembered most about her son. "He always tried to do better today than he did yesterday and helping someone else do the same." (AP Photo/David Goldman)
People visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A sailor stands near wreaths during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Army reservist Maj Stephen Hedger of Washington, and his son Lincoln, 1, visit the grave of family friend Army Lt. Col. Dominic Rocco Baragon, who was killed in Iraq in 2003, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Veterans Day. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. military honor guard members participate in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former US Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole (R) speaks with Superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks Gay Vietzke (L) during a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veterans attend a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WWII veterans visit the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. veteran William Scafe, 60, carries flowers to place in front of the 8th Army War Memorial during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
U.S. veteran Michael S. Napsey, center, places a U.S. national flag in front of the 8th Army War Memorial during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 11: Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment perform the changing of the guard ahead of a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier's crypt, which now remains empty. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veteran Edward Times gestures to a colleauge while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WWII Veterans place wreaths at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Girl Scouts Overseas Korea, left, salutes with U.S. and South Korean soldiers during the Veterans Day Ceremony in front of the 8th Army War Memorial at Yongsan Main Post in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: A U.S. veteran reaches out to touch a photograph of a soldier while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: A young girl dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Fresh footsteps in the morning dew from a mother visiting her son's grave are seen in the grass as tombstones stand in the background on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Anna Dunlap brings flowers to the grave of her father and Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Forrest Jackson Dunlap Jr., on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "I always did something for him on Veterans Day whether it was taking him out or getting him a card," said Dunlap who lost her father to cancer in May. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Anna Dunlap walks past tombstones after visiting the grave of her father and Vietnam veteran, Sgt. Forrest Jackson Dunlap Jr., on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga. "I always did something for him on Veterans Day whether it was taking him out or getting him a card," said Dunlap who lost her father to cancer in May. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
US Senator Lisa Murkowski (L), R-Alaska, talks with Former US Senator Bob Dole (R) after laying a wreath at the World War II Memorial on Veteran's Day in Washington, DC, November 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. veterans walk to a wreath laying ceremony while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower and honors those who have served in the U.S. military. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Veterans talk while visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day November 11, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cecilia Munoz, a top domestic policy adviser to the president, said while Obama is pressing his administration to push these changes forward quickly, he is also calling on Congress to move forward on three pieces of legislation to help improve veterans' education.

These pieces of legislation will really ensure that veterans have the opportunities and assistance to ... realize the American dream," Munoz told reporters on a conference call.

One bill would heighten standards for schools receiving G.I. Bill funds, while another would help protect G.I. Bill benefits for veterans whose schools close mid-term. A third, just introduced on Tuesday, would increase regulation of for-profit colleges, many of which target veterans.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella; Editing by Sandra Maler)

RELATED: Vietnam vet donates kidney to another Vietnam vet

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In this Nov. 5, 2015 photo, Henry "Bill" Warner, left, and John Middaugh clasp hands prior to their surgeries at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Serving together in Vietnam, Warner and Middaugh forged an Army-brothers bond they knew was profound and lasting. Nearly a half a century away from the war zone where theyâd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month in a new way, by giving one of his kidneys. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Nov. 5, 2015 photo, Henry "Bill" Warner, left, talks with his wife, Kathleen, while in the adjacent bed John Middaugh gets a kiss from his wife, Sue, prior to their surgeries at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month by giving one of his kidneys to Warner. "We got through Vietnam. Weâll get through this,â Warner said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Kathleen Warner, left, and Sue Middaugh talk prior to their husbands' surgeries, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at a New York hospital. John Middaugh donated one of his kidneys to Bill Warner, who had been on dialysis since his kidneys failed in June, 2014. Both men served together in Vietnam. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Nov. 5, 2015 photo, Henry "Bill" Warner holds up a cell phone to show a photo of himself and Vietnam War buddy John Middaugh, prior to his kidney transplant surgery in New York. Middaugh put himself on the line for Warner this month by giving one of his kidneys to Warner. "We got through Vietnam. Weâll get through this,â Warner said. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this Nov. 5, 2015 photo, Henry "Bill" Warner, left, and John Middaugh clasp hands prior to their surgeries at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Serving together in Vietnam, Warner and Middaugh forged a bond they knew was profound and lasting. A half century after the war zone where theyâd counted on each other, Middaugh put himself on the line for in a new way: by giving one of his kidneys. âHe had my back many times,â Middaugh said, âSo this is payback time.â (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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