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Choice Act

In accordance with Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act, the University establishes the following guidelines on in-state tuition for eligible veterans and/or dependents.

Eligible Students

Demonstrating Eligibility

To demonstrate eligibility for in-state tuition rate, a student must:

  1. Submit a Veterans' Educational Benefits Request Form. Indicate intent to use the Choice act on the form.
  2. Submit a DD Form 214 discharge document. (Dependents must submit DD214 of transferor).
    The DD Form 214 discharge document must indicate:
    1. Net Active Service - Must be at least 90 days of service
    2. Separation Date - Must be within 3 years of the first day of the student's term
    3. Character of Service - Must have honorable discharge
  3. Submit a DD Form 1300 Report of Casualty document, if student is using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.
  4. Submit a copy of active military orders, if student is using transferred benefits and transferor is on active duty.
  5. Provide proof of Commonwealth of Virginia address.
Students must submit either a DD Form 214, DD Form 1300, or active duty orders.

To demonstrate eligibility, documentation must be received by the dates indicated below:

Student is responsible for demonstrating eligibility for in-state tuition under the Choice Act.


If you are an active-duty service member or a veteran who was honorably discharged more than 3 years before your enrollment, please contact the Office of Virginia Status for questions on in-state eligibility.

Documents and questions can be sent to Coordinator of Military Educational Benefits.

Please note: Your VA educational benefits will impact certain financial aid eligibility. Veterans benefits will be included as a financial resource in your financial aid award package and may reduce state grants, University grants, federal loans and work study, and private loans. Each financial aid award type is different, so the VA benefit may affect each person's award differently. Please contact Student Financial Services for questions about how your Veterans benefits may impact your financial aid at or 434.982.6000.

*The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA) is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. Our office investigates complaints of GI Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact our office via email

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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