AUSTIN, Texas A decorated Marine doesn't qualify as a Texas resident any more because of the time he spent serving in Iraq.
That's what Carl Basham says officials told him when he tried to enroll in Austin Community College.
He's registered to vote in Texas, has a Texas driver's license and does his banking there. But he says officials told him that's not enough to qualify him for the lower tuition Texas residents pay.
That means he'd have to pay around 26-hundred dollars a semester in tuition, instead of about 500 dollars.
Basham did two tours of duty in Iraq.
Officials at the college will only say Basham didn't meet state requirements. They say privacy laws prevent discussing his case.
Those rotten sonsabitches. Go do your duty as you see it, and your reward for risking your ass is a financial penalty for being out of state? Motherfucker!