Residence Classification Information for Military Personnel

Military Residency Information

There are a number of ways that Purdue provides in-state residence classification for military personnel and their families. Qualified service members (or their dependents) who are admitted to Purdue University and meet the requirements for the applicable category below may be eligible for Resident status for tuition purposes. The criteria for each these categories is maintained by the Office of the Registrar on the West Lafayette campus.

Please note that all applications for reclassification must be submitted no later than 15 business days after the first day of classes of the academic semester or session for which reclassification is sought.

Purdue West Lafayette and Polytechnic Statewide Students: The application portal will open on the first day of classes of each academic semester or session for which residence classification is sought. A link to the Academic Calendar can be found here.  For current students enrolled in the Fall 2022 semester and wishing to request a change in residence classification, the portal will open on August 22 at 12:01 a.m. The deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2022 semester is September 13, 2022; the portal will close at 11:59 pm EST on that date. 

More information about the Residence Form and Filing Deadlines for each campus is available here.

Per University Residency Operating Procedures, a decision will be rendered no later than 45 business days after a complete application is filed, including any requested additional documentation.  This time period does not include any dates that the University is closed. Please bear in mind that if the file is not complete, including if additional documentation is still needed, a decision will not be rendered at that time. 

1.    Active Duty Military Personnel and Their Dependents

  • Any degree seeking non-resident, full-time, active duty United States military member (or their dependents), assigned to active duty in the state of Indiana and attending Purdue University is eligible for Resident status.
  • Must submit:
    • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
    • A copy of authorized duty orders showing assignment to active duty in the state of Indiana.

2.    Indiana National Guard and United States Military Reserves

  • Current Eligible Indiana National Guard
    • who is a non-resident of Indiana and is a degree seeking student in residence at Purdue University and currently serving in the Indiana National Guard is eligible for Resident status for tuition purposes at Purdue University based on Indiana legislature. Purdue’s general approach to the implementation of Indiana Law is maintained by the Office of the Registrar on the West Lafayette campus
    • must submit:
      • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
      • A copy of enlistment papers and a current LES.
  • United States Military Reserve members based in Indiana
    • A reservist in a branch of the US military, provided that (a) such individual’s reserve unit or duty station is located in Indiana and (b) such individual is currently serving as a reservist
    • must submit:
      • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
      • A copy of enlistment papers and a current LES.

3.    Resident Tuition for Resident Veterans Living in Indiana

  • Qualified United States military and Indiana National Guard honorably discharged veterans (or their dependents), who enroll within one year of the qualified veteran’s discharge, are eligible for Resident status for tuition purposes at Purdue University based on Indiana legislature and Purdue University Regulations. Purdue’s general approach to the implementation of Indiana Law is maintained by the Office of the Registrar on the West Lafayette campus.
  • The degree seeking qualified veteran (or their qualified dependent) must submit
    • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
    • all required supporting documents, including the veteran's most recent DD 214 Member 4, and other documentation as requested.
  • The US Military Veteran (and dependent, if applicable) who is applying for Resident status for tuition purposes under Indiana legislature and Purdue University Regulations, must provide to Purdue no later than 12 months after the date of enrollment at the University, proof that the qualified veteran (and the dependent, if applicable) have:
    • obtained an Indiana driver’s license or state identification card; or
    • registered their motor vehicle(s) in Indiana; or
    • registered to vote in Indiana

4.     Resident Tuition for Non-Resident Veterans Living in Bordering States (IL/KY/OH/MI)

  • Purdue’s general approach to the implementation of Indiana Law is maintained by the Office of the Registrar on the West Lafayette campus. A qualified non-Resident Veteran must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for Resident status for tuition purposes at Purdue University based on Indiana legislature.
    • Degree seeking, and
    • Served in the Armed Forces of the United States or the Indiana National Guard, and
    • Received an honorable discharge, and
    • Live in a bordering state (IL/KY/OH/MI), and
    • Are using GI Bill benefits, and
    • Enroll within three years of the qualified veteran's date of discharge.
  • The non-Resident Veteran must be using GI Bill benefits. For questions about GI Bill benefit eligibility, please contact Purdue University’s Veterans Success Center.  They can be reached by phone: 765-494-7638 or email: dogtags@purdue.edu. The Veterans Success Center will verify eligibility to use GI Bill benefits prior to a decision being rendered by the Office of the Registrar.
  • The degree seeking qualified non-Resident Veteran must submit the following:
    • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the new electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
    • All required supporting documents, including the veteran's most recent DD 214 Member 4, Certificate of Eligibility for GI Bill Benefits from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Request for Enrollment Certification Form (VREC) found here: https://www.purdue.edu/veterans/

5.    Military Personnel Serving on the USS Indiana

  • Any degree seeking non-resident person who is serving or has served in the armed forces of the United States and has served at least 180 days on the USS Indiana (SSN-789)
  • If the person is no longer serving in the armed forces of the United States, the person must have received an honorable discharge and must enroll within 12 months of discharge
  • The degree seeking military personnel must submit:
    • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
    • All required supporting documents, including DD-214 Member 4 and/or Current Leave and Earning Statement (LES).
    • Documentation showing service on USS Indiana for at least 180 days.

6.    The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act and Choice Act Updates

A student seeking in-state tuition under 38 U.S.C. § 3679 (The Choice Act) must be using GI Bill entitlement (Chapters 30, 33, or 35) or Vocational Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Chapter 31) for the term in which their resident status will be evaluated. The in-state tuition provisions in Section 417 do not apply to those individuals on active duty who are using benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty. For questions about eligibility under the Choice Act, please contact the Veterans Success Center.  They can be reached by phone: 765-494-7638 or email: dogtags@purdue.edu. The VSC will verify eligibility to use GI Bill benefits prior to a decision being rendered by the Office of the Registrar.

  • Section 702 of Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014:
    • (Veterans) Provides in-state tuition for veterans and their dependents using the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or the Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) with certain qualifying circumstances.
  • Section 417 of Public Law 114-315 Amendment to Section 702:
    • (Active Duty) Provides in-state tuition for dependents who live in the state in which the public institute of higher learning is located and are using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits while the transferor (Servicemember) is 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).
  • Section 301 of Public Law 115-251 Amendment to Title 38 U.S.C. § 3679 (The Choice Act):
    • Provides in-state tuition to veterans using educational assistance under Vocational Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Chapter 31).
  • [Effective August 1, 2022] Section (1095) of Public Law 117-68 Amendment to Title 38 U.S.C. § 3679 (The Choice Act):
    • Provides in-state tuition to dependents using Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35).
  • Necessary documents for review under the Choice Act classification include:
    • The Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes application.   To access the portal and the new electronic application, current enrolled students should navigate to students.connect.purdue.edu and use their BoilerKey to login.
    • Certificate of Eligibility for GI Bill Benefits from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • Veterans Request for Enrollment Certification Form (VREC) found here: https://www.purdue.edu/veterans/.
    • For Section 702, 301: Most recent DD-214, Member 4 for the veteran or their dependent using benefits under Chapter 30, 31, or 33.
    • For Section 417: a copy of proof of active duty of the servicemember/transfer or current LES.
    • Proof of an Indiana address, such as a housing contract, lease agreement, or mortgage.
    • Other documentation as requested.

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