1. In -State/In-County Tuition Rates for Veterans
Due to a recent change in state and federal laws, a veteran who is receiving VA education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or the Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty (Chapter 30) and enrolls at OCC within three years of his/her discharge, is entitled to receive the in-state/in-county tuition rate even if New York state residency has not been established. Individuals meeting these criteria are not required to submit a Certificate of Residency to receive the in-county tuition rate.
Please note that due to the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), after July 1, 2015 the in-state/in-county tuition rate will also apply to:
2. Important Policy Change Regarding Department of Defense Tuition Assistance
The Department of Defense recently announced a change in policy regarding the utilization of Tuition Assistance. The Department will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) or Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607).
Therefore, if you are eligible for and intend to use Tuition Assistance for all classes in which you are enrolled, the Office of Veterans Affairs will not be able to certify you for Chapter 1606 or 1607 VA education benefits.
If you have any questions concerning in-state/in-county tuition rates or Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606/1607 eligibility please contact Keith Stevenson in the Office of Veterans’ Affairs.
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