The mission of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs is to assist Hoosier Veterans, service personnel, their dependents and/or survivors in obtaining every benefit and advantage due them under the laws of the State of Indiana and the United States. The Department works with a network of certified County Veteran Service Officers who are there to assist with information and the preparation of paperwork at no cost.
Some of the State benefits that may apply are:
THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS A STATE AGENCY. WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RECORDS. YOU MUST SEND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ALONG WITH THE STATE BENEFITS APPLICATIONS FOR PROCESSING AND ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION. WE CANNOT LOOK UP VETERAN RECORDS FROM OUR OFFICE. The information below lists what supporting documents are needed to be sent to IDVA along with the State benefit applications.
When sending applications to IDVA for Property Tax deductions, Tuition and Fee Exemption or, discounted Hunting and Fishing licenses, please include the veteran's disability award letter that has the combined rating percentage issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a copy of the veteran's DD Form 214 (discharge).
Begining November 1, 2017 IDVA will no longer accept paper applications for Tuition and Fee Exemption programs for children of veterans, Purple Heart Receipients, or former students of Morton Memorial High School. All applicants will be required to apply on line through Scholar Track. All paper applications reveived after October 31st will be returned to the sender.
Students can use Scholar Track at this time to apply by going to the Scholar Track Web Page at https://scholartrack.che.in.gov and create a student account. When applying in Scholar Track you must upload all supporting documents in order for IDVA to determine the student's eligiblity to use the Tuition and Fee Exemption. AT A MINIMUM THE STUDENT'S BIRTH CERTIFCATE OR ADOPTION PAPERWORK MUST BE UPLOADED.
If veteran documents are not availible (i.e. Discharge from active service DD214 AND the letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Award of Disability) IDVA will request verification of the veteran's service and disability rating from the VA Regional Office in Indianapolis. Please be aware that this may take a week or longer to obtain. We will process online applications with all the needed documents uploaded first. Once a Student is approved in Scholar Track there is no need to reapply for Tuition and Fee Exemption again. Staff within the financial aid offices at state schools can verifiy the student's eligiblity for all educational scholarships awarded with in the Scholar Track Web page.
Students using this program are required to file for FAFSA annually. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education cannot finalize the award offer under this program without a FAFSA on file. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
If you are applying for Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plates we need to see the Disability award letter that has the breakdown of individual ratings for your disability(ies). IDVA needs to verify the disability is a mobilty issue for the eligibility determination for the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License plate as per IC 9-18.5-5-1. The Veteran must be 50% service connected disabled by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs with at least 60% of that disability attributed to a mobility disability, OR the service connected disability precludes the Veteran from walking without pain or difficulty. If it is unclear that your service connected disability is causing you pain or difficulty while walking we may require a letter to be signed by your Doctor .
- Employment Assistance
- Golden Hoosier Passport
- High School Diploma Program for WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans
- Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery
- Motor Vehicle License Plates, Licenses and Waivers
- Peddlers, Vendors, or Hawkers License
- Property Tax Deductions
- Tuition and Fee Exemption for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran
- Tuition and Fee Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients
- Resident Veteran Hunting & Fishing License
- The Veterans Home
- Vital Documents For Veterans Benefits