Since 1 August 2011, the DVA has not paid out-of-state tuition for veterans or dependents for Chapter 30 (MGIB) and Chapter 33 (Post-9/11). Until passage the Choice Act of 2014 (specifically Section 702 of that act), the veteran was responsible for payment of all out-of-state tuition fees. The Choice Act as instituted in the State of California through AB-13 VACA which allows “covered individuals” to have any out-of-state fees waived. However, if you are not covered by the Choice Act you are still liable for these out-of-state fees until you do meet residency requirements. These out-of-state fees can be very expensive.
Email notices are sent out by Admissions to affected veteran students upon acceptance into the College. To apply for the Section 702 waiver, see Residency in Admissions or write them at Admissions@swccd.edu. By law a “covered individual” under these acts meets these conditions for terms beginning after 1 July 2015:
- The veteran or his/her benefits-transferred dependent must live in California (regardless of formal state of residence) and enroll in the school within three years of the member’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- If using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and living in California, the dependent must enroll in the school within three years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- The in-state tuition provisions of Section 702 do not apply to Servicemembers or their Chapter 33 transfer of eligibility dependents if member is still on active duty.
These laws only apply for members under Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) and Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) benefits programs. For more detail see: http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/702.asp.