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 OR uploaded in Scholar Track for Tuition and Fee Exemption online 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).
TUITION AND FEE EXEMPTION
IDVA no longer accepts paper applications for Tuition and Fee Exemption programs for children of veterans, Purple Heart Recipients, or former students of Morton Memorial High School. All applicants will be required to apply on line through Scholar Track.
All paper applications will be returned to the sender.
We advise Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying in Scholar Track. Information Provided in the FAFSA is fed into Scholar Track and makes the process smoother. Students should not apply earlier than the beginning of the second semester of their graduation year of High School. Please ensure if you intend on using this program you list eligible educational institutions on your FAFSA. 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/
All IDVA approved Tuition and Fee Exemption programs can ONLY be used at the following educational institutions in Indiana:
Indiana State University
Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University East
Indiana University Kokomo
Indiana University South Bend
Indiana University Southeast
Purdue University West Lafayette
Purdue University North Central
Purdue University Calumet
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University Purdue University Columbus
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
Ivy Tech Community College (all Campuses)
University of Southern Indiana
Western Governor's University (WGU) INDIANA
Students can use Scholar Track 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 eligibility to use the Tuition and Fee Exemption. AT A MINIMUM THE STUDENT'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR ADOPTION PAPERWORK MUST BE UPLOADED.
Applications must be done under the STUDENT'S Scholar Track Account. Once the student is approved award letters can be viewed and printed from the students account. Be advised, award letters may not be available at the time of approval and will be posted for the next school year closer to the beginning of that semester once released by the Commission for Higher Education.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A SCHOLAR TRACK APPLICATION UNTIL A BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR ADOPTION PAPERWORK IS UPLOADED. We cannot process the application without evidence of the student's relationship to the veteran as either the biological or adopted child.
If veteran documents are not available (i.e. Discharge from active service DD214 AND the summary 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 eligibility for all educational scholarships awarded with in the Scholar Track Web page.
DISABLED HOOSIER VETERAN LICENSE PLATES
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 .
Per Senate Enrolled Act No. 262 effective July 1, 2018, a person who has been issued or is otherwise eligible for the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License plate can obtain a Permanent Handicap Parking placard from the Indiana Burea of Motor Vehicles. This parking placard does not afford the same no fee at legal metered spaces parking privledges as the Disabled Hoosier Veteran License Plate. Reference IC 9-18.5-8-4
- 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
- Tuition and Fee Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients
- Resident Veteran Hunting & Fishing License
- The Veterans Home
- Vital Documents For Veterans Benefits