Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014

In August 2014 Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. Section 702 of the “Choice Act” requests that Purdue provide in-state residency for tuition purposes to veterans and their family members using the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) for terms that begin after July 1, 2015 with the following qualifying circumstances:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning 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.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

Necessary documents for review under Section 702 classification are:

  • Most recent DD-214, Member 4 for the veteran who earned the GI Bill entitlement to be used.
  • Completed Section 702 Residency Application Form.
  • Proof of an Indiana address, such as a housing contract, lease agreement, or mortgage.

A student seeking in-state tuition under Section 702 must be using GI Bill entitlement for the term in which their resident status will be evaluated.

A residence determination cannot be made until all supporting documents have been received.  Once a covered individual is determined to have met the qualifications for in-state residence, this person will retain his or her status as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled in the institution.  

Visit the link for more information regarding the Section 702 Veterans Choice Act.

In order to determine your eligibility under Section 702, please contact the Veterans Success Center, located in the Purdue Memorial Union, room 284.  They can be reached by phone: 765-494-7638 or email: dogtags@purdue.edu.  Should it be determined that you do not qualify under Section 702, please contact residency@purdue.edu for further information regarding residence classification.

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