In-State tuition rates for Veterans who have come off Active Duty within the last three years.

All recent U.S. Military veterans and their families can now receive in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities throughout the country, whether they have lived in the state a short time or entered the military there.

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill-Active Duty at public Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) if the school charges qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate of resident students for terms beginning after July 1 2015.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald pushed back the deadline for public institutions to comply with the in-state tuition provision of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act that Congress passed last August to Jan 1, 2016 but, that deadline has now passed.

The law now requires public institutions that want to continue receiving veteran’s benefits to charge in-state tuition to any veteran or family members of veterans who has come off active duty within the past 3 years regardless of whether they have established residency in that state.

Without the waiver, colleges and universities that were charging recent veterans and their families tuition fees in excess of the in-state tuition rates, would have had their veterans’ educational benefits stopped as of 1 July.

Veterans and their family members have had a hard time meeting residency requirements due to the transient nature of their military lives. Military dependents, especially find these requirements hard to meet through no fault of their own. On the other side of the issue, public colleges and universities complain that this new requirement would shrink their funding and provide no matching federal monies to help cover the costs.

Article provided by Febe Gemlich, EA of Arizona Coastal Consultants

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