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The States That Offer Tuition Waivers For Student Veterans

In the United States, there is only a limited number of individual states that offer an additional education tuition waiver benefit for Veterans. This is not part of the VA System. Note that tuition waivers and tuition assistance should not be confused as the same entitlement, as each one has different meanings. This article post includes each individual state that offers tuition waivers for all Veterans who qualify.

Each state has different eligibility requirements and not all Veterans may qualify for the tuition waiver benefit. Below are the following individual states that offer additional education tuition waivers for all Veterans who meet the individual state requirement. Click on the individual state below to view each tuition waiver benefit for Veterans.

This benefit is available for qualified Veterans. Veterans eligible for this benefit are allowed to be enrolled at Connecticut State Universities, the 12 Community Technical Colleges, and any Connecticut State University.
The tuition waivers for eligible Veterans in this state will only cover what the tuition cost for undergraduate and graduate programs. The following items are not waived: student course fees, books, parking, student activities, and room and board. You must meet the following 4 items:

(1) Served 90 days of active duty Military duty during wartime;
(2) have an honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces;
(3) have committed at least one year of being a Connecticut state resident before you enroll in college;
(4) be admitted to a degree seeking program in order to qualify as a Connecticut Veteran.

It is important for you to bring in all important documentation such as separation papers (DD-214), and other items that your school and state may request. To receive more information about the Connecticut tuition waiver for Veterans you will need to contact the Financial Aid/Bursar’s Office and/or the Veterans Services office.

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs 287 West Street Rocky Hill, CT 06067 Phone: (860) 616-3600

The Illinois Veteran Grant Program is an entitlement program, which has many different eligibility requirements and is more detailed than other tuition waivers for Veterans.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission 1755 Lake Cook Road Deerfield, IL 60015-5209 Phone: 1-800-899-ISAC (4722)

Veterans of Massachusetts, as defined by M.G.L. ch. 4, s.7, clause 43, can be eligible for a tuition waiver (officially known as "categorical tuition waivers") at any state-supported course in an undergraduate degree program offered by a public college or university. To be eligible, a veteran must also be a legal resident of Massachusetts and he/she must not be in default of any federal student loans.
Veterans are eligible on a space-available basis for a waiver of full or partial tuition based on proper documentation of the eligibility of the veteran. Space availability shall be determined in accordance with normal practices and procedures as published by each institution, i.e., the individual college or university.

Office of Veterans' Education
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
1 Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108-1696

The Montana University System offers a Tuition Waiver for Veterans. The tuition waiver is a non-cash scholarship. The state of Montana requires three items in order for Veterans to meet the eligibility requirements for a tuition waiver:

(1) earned an honorable discharge;
(2) served in any war with the United States Armed Forces;
(3) the Veteran must be a resident of Montana.

To find more information about the state of Montana Tuition Waiver for Veterans visit their website at:
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education / Montana University System 2500 E. Broadway Street PO Box 203201 Helena, MT 59620-3201 General Info: (406) 444-6570 Customer Service: 1- 800-537-7508

(1) Through passage of SDCL 13-55-2, the state legislature created a reduced tuition program for veterans and selected others who performed war service.  Eligibility requirements include the following:
(2) Current South Dakota residency (note: state of residency at the point of entry into military service is not a factor)
(3) Classification as a veteran - as defined in SDCL 33A-2-1 - or an individual who performed active war service.

Qualifying service during a period of combat operations as delineated in SDCL 33A-2-2

A tuition waiver is granted to those who qualify.  The number of academic years for which the waiver is approved varies; this is driven by length of military service.  The minimum is one, and the maximum is four. 

SD Board of Regents
306 East Capitol Ave
Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501
605 773 3455

The Texas Hazlewood Act is an additional education benefit for Texas Veterans and eligible dependents also. This education benefit allows eligible Veterans to receive up to 150 hours of tuition exemption at public institutions. In order to see if you are eligible read their eligibility requirements.

You can also call them at their office headquarters in Austin, Texas or visit them in person at:
Texas Veterans Commission Stephen F. Austin Bldg., Suite 800 Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 463-5538

Conditions for undergraduate students: The waiver is awarded only to undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, to a maximum of 225 college-level credits, including credits transferred from other institutions of higher education. Waivers will not be awarded to students participating in fee-based courses or programs. For additional information, please refer to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 478-160-163.

Conditions for graduate or professional students: The waiver is awarded to graduate/professional students pursuing their first graduate/professional degree at the University of Washington. Veterans are not eligible for this tuition waiver if they have previously received a veteran’s tuition waiver/reduction at the University of Washington. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 10 credits to qualify. Professional students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to qualify. Waivers will not be awarded to students participating in fee-based courses or programs. For additional information, please refer to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 478-160-163.

The state of Wisconsin offers a tuition waiver for Veterans at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits. In order for Veterans to qualify with the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, the Veteran must have been a resident of the state of Wisconsin upon entering active duty service.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin G.I. Bill please call their office at (414)266-1234

The state of Wyoming offers free tuition for War Veterans, which allows 10 free semesters of tuition and fees for combat Veterans enrolled at the University of Wyoming or at Wyoming Community colleges.

Wyoming Veterans Commission 5500 Bishop Blvd. Cheyenne, WY 82009       (307) 772-5145

Kenneth A. Bracewell is the CEO of Kenneth B Veteran. He is also the Author of   A Veteran's Road To College Success and The Post 9/11 Student Veteran. You are welcome to connect with Kenneth on LinkedIn.
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