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!
Alabama, Alaska, American Somoa, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Mariana Islands, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virgin Islands.
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, Henderson State University, 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. Georgia
Albany Technical College Athens Technical College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Coastal Pines Technical College, Columbus Technical College, Georgia Military College - Columbus, Georgia Military College - Fairburn, Georgia Military College - Fayetteville, Georgia Military College - Martinez, Georgia Military College - Milledgeville, Georgia Military College - Stone Mountain, Georgia Military College - Valdosta, and Georgia Military College - Warner Robins, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Gwinnett Technical College, Lanier Technical College, North Georgia Technical College, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Ogeechee Technical College, Savannah Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Southeastern Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College, Southern Regional, Technical College, West Georgia Technical College and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Indiana
Ball State University, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College, University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University. 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
Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Chesapeake College and Frederick Community College. Michigan
Alpena Community College , Bay De Noc College, Bay Mills Community College, Central Michigan University (CMU), Delta College, Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Ferris State University (FSU), Glen Oaks Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Henry Ford Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Kirtland Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lake Superior State University (LSSU), Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Michigan State University (MSU), Michigan Technological University (MTU), Mid-Michigan Community College, Monroe Community College, Montcalm Community College, Mott Community College, Muskegon Community College, North Central Michigan College, Northern Michigan University (NMU), Northwestern Michigan College, Oakland Community College, Oakland University (OU), Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), Schoolcraft College, Shore Community College, Southwestern Michigan College, St. Clair County Community College, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (UofM AA), University of Michigan- Dearborn (UofM D), University of Michigan – Flint (UofM F), Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College District, Wayne State University (WSU), West Shore Community College and Western Michigan University (WMU). Missouri
Missouri Southern State University, Missouri State University - West Plains, Northwest Missouri State University and University of Missouri – Columbia. Oregon
Blue Mountain Community College, Chemeketa Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Lane Community College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland Community College, Rogue Community College, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Treasure Valley Community College, Umpqua Community College, University of Oregon and Western Oregon University. Vermont
Castleton State College, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College. 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 and Wytheville Community College. Wyoming
Casper College, Sheridan College and University of Wyoming.
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.