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Child of Veteran and Public Safety Officer Supplemental Grant Program (CVO, aka CDV)

Educational Benefits for Certain Children, Spouses, or Veteran’s from Indiana

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE), Division of Student Financial Aid (SFA) administers 13 different tuition and fee assistance programs at public colleges for eligible children of disabled Indiana veterans, eligible children and spouses of certain members of the Indiana National Guard killed while serving on state active duty, and eligible children and spouses of certain Indiana public safety officers killed in the line of duty. Indiana residency rules apply.

As a supplement to other state financial aid, the grant pays 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees. It does not cover special course fees, college differential fees, lab fees, other fees such as housing and food or books.

Visit https://www.purdue.edu/dfa/sandg/cdvtable.php to view a summary table of information detailing the 13 CVO programs.

These 13 CVO programs are broken into 5 sub-categories to which you can apply:

  • Children of a Veteran
  • Certain Graduates of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home (Morton High School)
  • Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard Member
  • Children and Spouse of Public Safety Officer
  • Indiana Purple Heart Recipient Veteran

Visit http://www.in.gov/sfa/2338.htm to learn more and access links to the five applications.

Specific CVO benefits vary depending upon when the eligible veteran entered the military. Visit http://www.purdue.edu/dfa/sandg/CVO%20Flowchart.pdf to view a flow chart depicting these changes.


  • The most common programs among the 13 that make up CVO are the Child of Deceased or Disabled Veteran and Child of Purple Heart recipients programs; these two programs are also known as Child of Disabled Veteran or “CDV”. In the facts below, CVO is used to refer to rules that pertain to all 13 programs and CDV refers to rules specific to the children of disabled or deceased veteran’s and the children of Purple Heart recipient’s programs.
  • You are entitled to a total of 124 credit hours of CDV fee remission at state institutions for undergraduate or graduate study. Follow the links from the SFA home page at http://www.in.gov/sfa/index.htm to set up your eStudent account and monitor your total hours of CDV usage.
  • All the credit hours taken during each term you attend and use CDV will be counted toward your aggregate CDV usage. This includes all W, F, I, P/NP, and S but excludes departmental and advanced placement credits. Term credit hours of use are always rounded up to a whole number. For example, if your term credit hours total 6.5, then the total is rounded up to 7.
  • In order to maintain eligibility for this benefit you must meet or exceed the school’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) and be free of overpayment on student aid and default on Federal student loans. Read more details about Purdue SAP policy at: http://www.purdue.edu/dfa/policies/sap.php.
  • If you plan to use CDV toward summer fees, you must complete the Purdue University Division of Financial Aid (DFA) Summer Aid Application, which is submitted online between late-March and June on your myPurdue account at: www.mypurdue.purdue.edu. Recipients must also have the current academic year FAFSA on file. For example: summer 2014 requires the 2013-2014 FAFSA.
  • You only need to complete a new CVO application when you change schools or stop-out of college for more than one year (two semesters).
  • CVO will only be awarded if the error-free, appropriate-year FAFSA, all required verification documents and the original certified application are received by the school a minimum of 30 days before the end of the term. It is not retro-active to terms prior to receipt of all the above noted items.
  • The FAFSA must be filed annually in each academic year that you intend to use your CVO benefits. The FAFSA can be filed online at: www.fafsa.gov. As you complete the application, enter the school code for Purdue West Lafayette as your first college choice; 001825. Students must list Indiana as their state of residence on the FAFSA and qualify to attend at the resident tuition rate in order to utilize CVO.
  • FAFSA data is subject to verification upon request of documentation by the school. If selected for verification, all requested documents must be submitted before CVO will be credited to your fees. CVO is not retro-active to terms prior to establishing eligibility and submission of all verification documents to the school.
  • CVO pays only the general service fees, R&R fee, Health and Wellness fee, and technology fees that are assessed to all students. Additionally, graduate students fees may only be remitted up to the maximum amount approved for undergraduate use annually by SFA/CHE. CVO will not pay fees for housing, food, books and supplies, travel, equipment, differential fees, lab fees, parking fees, or miscellaneous expenses. Your CVO award will be reduced or cancelled if you receive other tuition-dedicated aid. If you receive other tuition-dedicated aid that is not provided through the state of Indiana then your hours of CDV use will be pro-rated accordingly.