Residence Classification Information for Military Personnel


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.

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 Information for Tuition Purposes 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 and their dependents

  • 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 a completed Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes form and 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.    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 a completed Residence Classification Information for Tuition Purposes form and provide all required supporting documents as determined by the Office of the Registrar.

5.    The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act and Choice Act 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).
  • 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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