Veterans Choice Act

Veterans Choice Act

Effective: January 1, 2016: The following is an excerpt from the Veterans Administration’s revised announcement on Section 702 of the “Choice Act” of 2014:

For a public university to be approved for payments of benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, the public institution cannot charge qualifying veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of rates for resident students for terms beginning after January 1, 2016.

Under the Choice Act, a “covered individual” meets these qualifications:

  • a veteran, dependent of a veteran, or a spouse/child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
  • “lives” in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located, regardless of his/her formal state of residence
  • enrolls in the school within three years of the veteran’s discharge from active-duty service, or in the case of the Fry Scholarship, within three years of the service member’s death in the line of duty.