Tuition and Fee Exemption
Tuition and Fee Exemption for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran
STUDENTS SHOULD FILE A FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS BENEFIT IN SCHOLAR TRACK. FAFSA INFORMATION IS PULLED IN TO THE SCHOLAR TRACK APPLICATION AND MAKES THE PROCESS EASIER. CLICK HERE FOR THE FAFSA WEB SITE
THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THIS BENEFIT IS NOW ONLINE THROUGH SCHOLAR TRACK. WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE OR ACCEPT A PAPER APPLICATION. ALL STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THIS BENEFIT MUST CREATE AND ACCOUNT ON SCHOLAR TRACK AND APPLY FOR STATE AID. STUDENTS MUST UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Student's Birth Certificate with veteran parent listed OR adpotion paperwork with Veteran parent listed OR Report of Birth Abroad with veteran parent listed.) We also will need proof of veteran's active duty wartime service and proof of service connected disability.
The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of eligible disabled Indiana veterans may be eligible for Tuition and Fee Exemption at any state-supported post-secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must upload a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their online application. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS WITHOUT UPLOADING PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP TO THE VETERAN. The child must have been legally adopted. Stepchildren are not eligible. Age restriction for adoption may apply depending when the veteran initially entered the military.
The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal) Residency, Adoption, usage rules, etc may vary between Old Law and New Law rules. ACTIVE DUTY : C 21-14-1-2.3
Sec. 2.3. For purposes of IC 21-14-9, "active duty" means full-time service in the armed forces of the United States that exceeds thirty (30) days in a calendar year.
As added by P.L.144-2007, SEC.22.
"Armed forces of the United States"
Sec. 2.7. For purposes of IC 21-14-9, "armed forces of the United States" means the following:
(1) The United States Air Force.
(2) The United States Army.
(3) The United States Coast Guard.
(4) The United States Marine Corps.
(5) The United States Navy.
As added by P.L.144-2007, SEC.23.
IF THE VETERAN INITIALLY ENTERED THE MILITARY On or After July 1, 2011 reference IC 21-14-4
IF THE VETERAN INITIALLY ENTERED THE MILITARY Prior to June 30, 2011 Old Law requirements still apply. See the Stanley Memo for clarification on residency, adoption, age, and GPA etc.
For complete eligibility criteria reference IC 21-14-4 Chapter 4. Tuition and Fee Exemption for Children of Veterans
Eligible wartime dates are:
WWII: December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
Korea: June 27, 1950 - Jan 31, 1955
Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975
Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present
What costs are covered? (If the veteran parent initially served in teh Armed Forces of the United States on or before June 30, 2011.
Sec. 2. (a) Subject to this section and section 2.5 of this chapter,
an eligible applicant is entitled to enter, remain, and receive
instruction in a state educational institution upon the same
conditions, qualifications, and regulations prescribed for other
applicants for admission to or scholars in the state educational
institutions, without the payment of any educational costs for one
hundred twenty-four (124) semester credit hours in the state
(b) The maximum amount that an eligible applicant is exempt
from paying for a semester hour is an amount equal to the cost of an
undergraduate semester credit hour at the state educational institution
in which the eligible applicant enrolls.
What Costs are covered? (If the veteran parent initially served on or after July 1, 2011)
Subject to subsection (d) and section 2(b) of this chapter, the eligible applicant is
entitled to a reduction in the educational costs that would otherwise apply as follows:
(1) If the individual's father or mother suffered a disability as determined by the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs with a rating of eighty percent (80%) or more,
the individual is entitled to a one hundred percent (100%) reduction in education costs.
(2) If the individual's father or mother suffered a disability as determined by the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs with a rating of less than eighty percent (80%),
the individual is entitled to a reduction in education costs equal to the sum of:
(A) twenty percent (20%); plus
(B) the disability rating of the individual's father or mother.
(d) The latest disability rating determined by the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs for an individual's father or mother shall be used to compute the percentage by which
education costs are reduced under this section. If the disability rating of the individual's father
or mother changes after the beginning of an academic semester, quarter, or other period for
which educational costs have been reduced under this section, the change in disability rating
shall be applied beginning with the immediately following academic semester, quarter, or
As added by P.L.169-2011, SEC.17.
IC 21-14-4-3 Purpose
Sec. 3. For purposes of this chapter, the commission shall define mandatory fees that
qualify as educational costs.
[Pre-2007 Higher Education Recodification Citation: 20-12-19-1(c) part.]
As added by P.L.2-2007, SEC.255. Amended by P.L.107-2012, SEC.40.
IC 21-14-4-4 Payment of incidental expenses
Sec. 4. If an eligible applicant:
(1) is permitted to matriculate in the state educational institution;
(2) qualifies under this chapter; and
(3) has earned or has been awarded a cash scholarship that is paid or payable to a state
educational institution, from any source;
the amount paid shall be applied to the credit of the eligible applicant in the payment of
incidental expenses of the eligible applicant's attendance at the state educational institution.
The balance, if the terms of the scholarship permit, must be returned to the eligible applicant.
[Pre-2007 Higher Education Recodification Citation: 20-12-19-1(d).]
Sec. 14. "Educational costs" means tuition and regularly assessed
"Educational support costs"
Sec. 15. "Educational support costs" refers to costs incurred by
scholarship recipients in purchasing:
(1) required textbooks, supplies, or equipment;
(2) any other material required by the approved postsecondary
educational institution in order for a scholarship recipient to
participate in a particular class, seminar, laboratory, or other
type of instruction; or
(3) other items or services approved by the commission for
higher education under rules adopted by the commission for
higher education under IC 21-18.5-4;
that are not included in educational costs.
The Complete IC 21-14-4 can be viewed by clicking HERE
Along with the application you MUST send a copy of the student's birth certificate OR adoption paperwork. Additionally, we need the veteran's DD Form 214 (Discharge) AND the award letter issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to verify the service connected disability rating and all other eligibility requirements.