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1. In -State/In-County Tuition Rates for Veterans/Reservists/National Guard

Due to a recent change in state law, any veteran, Reservist or National Guard member who is receiving or eligible for VA education benefits (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606 & 1607) should receive the in-state/in-county tuition rate even if New York state residency has not been established.

In addition, veterans, Reservists or National Guard members receiving or eligible for VA education benefits (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606 & 1607) who reside outside of Onondaga County 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:

  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits (Chapter 33) 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 Service-member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

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.