Residence Classification Information for Military Servicemembers


There are a number of ways that Purdue provides in-state residence classification for military personnel and their families. Students who are Eligible Active Duty United States Military Personnel, Eligible Indiana National Guard Personnel and United States Military Reserves based in Indiana, Qualified Veterans, or qualified individuals using transferred GI Bill benefits or Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) 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.

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.
  • A copy of the authorized duty orders and a completed Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes form must be provided to the Registrar’s Office. 

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 provide a completed residence classification form, 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 provide a completed Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes form, a copy of enlistment papers, and a current LES.

3.    Qualified United States Military Veterans

  • Qualified United States military and Indiana National Guard honorably discharged veterans (within one year of 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 must submit a completed Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes form and all required supporting documents, including the most recent DD 214 Member 4, and other documentation as requested.
  • A US Military Veteran, qualifying for Resident status for tuition purposes under Indiana legislature and Purdue University Regulations, must also provide to Purdue no later than 12 months after the date of enrollment at the University, proof that he/she:
    • obtained an Indiana driver’s license or state identification card; or
    • registered his/her motor vehicle in Indiana; or
    • registered to vote in Indiana

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

A student seeking in-state tuition under the Choice Act must be using GI Bill entitlement or Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) 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.  In order to determine your 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

  • 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) within three years of discharge from an active duty period of 90 days or more and 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 Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) within three years of discharge from an active duty period of 90 days or more.
  • Necessary documents for review under the Choice Act classification include:
    • Completed Choice Act Residency Application Form available from the Veterans Success Center.
    • For Section 702 and 301: Most recent DD-214, Member 4 for the veteran who earned the GI Bill entitlement or Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) to be used.
    • 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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