GI Bill Resident Rate Requirements
Section 417 of Public Law 114-315 requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery 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 for resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2017.
To remain approved for VA’s GI Bill programs, schools must charge in-state tuition and fee amounts to “covered individuals.” A covered individual is defined as:
- A Veteran who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
- Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
The in-state tuition provisions in Section 417 do not apply to those individuals on active duty using benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty.
Public IHLs must offer in-state tuition and fees to all covered individuals with Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB - AD) benefits in order for programs to remain approved for GI Bill benefits for terms beginning after July 1, 2017. After July 1, 2017, VA will not issue payments for any students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the MGIB-AD until the school becomes fully compliant. These requirements ensure our nation’s recently discharged Veterans, and their eligible family members, will not bear the cost of out-of-state charges while using their well-deserved education benefits.
Am I eligible for the resident rate for tuition and fees?
It depends on your school's policy and rules:
- By law, schools are allowed to have additional requirements that must be met in order for a “covered individual” to be charged the resident rate for tuition and fees.
- Also, some schools grant the resident rates to students with military connections (current or former member of the Armed Forces, or dependents of current or former members of the Armed Forces) regardless of whether they are “covered individuals.”
Therefore, you should contact your school to learn more about their rules and requirements for charging tuition and fees. Your school will review your particular situation and determine if you will be charged the resident rate. You may access the contact information for your school and search by state or territory.
If, after discussing this matter with your school, you believe the school incorrectly intends to charge or has charged you more than the resident rate, you should submit a complaint into the GI Bill Feedback System. Please include details as to why you believe either you or your beneficiary has been incorrectly charged out of state tuition. Our Complaint Team will review the case and take appropriate action.
Is my state or school compliant with the GI Bill Resident Rate Requirements?
The map below indicates which states and schools are currently compliant with the requirements in Section 417. Please check back for an up-to-date status of your school/state!
The schools listed below are compliant with requirements in Section 417:
Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University - (Beebe), Black River Technical College, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, East Arkansas Community College, Ozarka College, Rich Mountain Community College, Southern Arkansas University, Southern Arkansas University Tech, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Delaware
Delaware State University and University of Delaware. Idaho
Boise State University, College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College and University of Idaho. Indiana
Indiana State University and University of Southern Indiana. Louisiana
Bossier Parish Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College - Monroe, Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston, Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah, Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe, Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro, Louisiana Tech University Barksdale, Louisiana Tech University Ruston, Northshore Technical College – Bogalusa, Northshore Technical College - Florida Parishes, Northshore Technical College – Hammond, Northwest Louisiana Technical College, Northwestern State University of Louisiana - Barksdale, Northwestern State University of Louisiana - Natchitoches, Shreveport River Parishes Community College Gonzales, South Central Louisiana Technical College Thibodaux, South Central Louisiana Technical College River Parishes, South Central Louisiana Technical College Young Memorial, Sowela Technical Community College - Lake Charles, Sowela Technical Community College - Morgan Smith, Southern University Shreveport and University of New Orleans. Maine
Maine Maritime Academy, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine at Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Orono, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Maine School of Law and University of Southern Maine. Maryland
Carroll Community College Oregon
Clackamas Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Lane Community College, Portland Community College, Rogue Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Treasure Valley Community College, Umpqua Community College and Western Oregon University. Puerto Rico
Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey, University of Puerto Rico- Humacao, University of Puerto Rico-Ponce and University of Puerto Rico – Utuado. Virginia
Blue Ridge Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Christopher Newport University, Christopher Newport University Police Dept, College of William and Mary, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Danville Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, Eastern Virginia Medical School, George Mason University, Germanna Community College, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, James Madison University, John Tyler Community College, Longwood University, Lord Fairfax Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College-Fauquier, Mountain Empire Community College, New River Community College, Norfolk State University, Northern Virginia Community College -Alexandria, Northern Virginia Community College-Annadale, Northern Virginia Community College -Loudoun, Northern Virginia Community College - Manassas, Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge, Patrick Henry Community College, Paul D Camp Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Rappahannock Community College, Richard Bland College, Southside Virginia Community College, Southside Virginia Community College - J H Daniel Campus, Southwest Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College, Tidewater Community College - Chesapeake, Tidewater Community College - Portsmouth, Tidewater Community College - Virginia Beach, Tidewater Community College - Workforce Development, University of Mary Washington, University of Mary Washington-Stafford, University of Virginia, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Highlands Community College, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Virginia State University, Virginia Western Community College andWytheville Community College.