AUGUSTA — State lawmakers will consider a bill this session that would waive in-state college tuition costs for Maine National Guard members.

The bill would provide a 100 percent tuition waiver for certain members of the Maine National Guard who enroll at any school in the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will join Guard members on Wednesday at the State House to promote the bill.

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette says that the measure will help the Guard recruit members while providing an education to many who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Fredette is a lieutenant colonel serving as a judge advocate general in the Maine Air National Guard.

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