Tuition and Fee Exemption
There are three State Aid Programs for Tuition and Fee Exemption administered by IDVA through Scholar Track. (Students must be eligible for the resident tuition rate to use these state aid programs.)
1.Tuition and Fee Exemption for the Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran or POW/MIA or Purple Heart Recipients
Documents needed for eligiblity determination:
a. Proof of relationship to the veteran.
b. DD214 showing veteran's wartime serivce or award of Expeditionary Medal if all active duty was during peacetime. If the student is applying as the child of a Purple Heart recipient or child of a POW and the veteran is not service connected disabled, proof of award of the Purple Heart Medal or POW status. (See NOTE below)
c. VA Award Letter of service connected disability rating (See NOTE below)
2. Tuition and Fee Exeption for Indiana Purple Heart Recipients
Documents needed for eligibility determination:
a. Proof of award of the Purple Heart Medal if not annotated on the DD214 or DD215
b. DD214 showing an Indiana Home of Record address at the time of entry
3. Tuition and Fee Exemption for Former Students of the Morton Memorial High School/ Soldier's and Sailor's Home
IDVA will verify the student's attendance at the Morton Memorial High School from the cumulative list IDVA has on file. No documents need be uploaded when applying for this program.
ALL STUDENTS MUST FILE A FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) BEFORE APPLYING FOR THIS BENEFIT IN SCHOLAR TRACK. FAFSA INFORMATION IS FED INTO SCHOLAR TRACK AND MAKES THE APPLICATION PROCESS EASIER. CLICK HERE FOR THE FAFSA WEB SITE
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE THROUGH SCHOLAR TRACK
All students should create an account in Scholar Track. Once the account is verified the student can access their account and apply for the apporpriate state aid progam. Parents cannot apply for the student it must be completed under the student's account.
Before the student submits the application, proof of realtionship to the veteran parent must be uploaded or the application cannot be processed. A birth certificate, Consulate Report of Birth Abroad, or approprate adoption paperwork are all acceptable. All documents need to list the veteran parent. If availible, please also upload proof of veteran's active duty wartime service and proof of service connected disability and, if needed, proof of Indiana residency. (see NOTE below)
If you are the Child of the Veteran:
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. Children of veterans 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.
Veteran active duty military service requirements:
The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, OR performed duty equally hazardous duty 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. The discharge cannot be under dishonorable conditions.
Child's relationship to the veteran requirements:
Be the biological child of the veteran
If the veteran's initial term of active duty, wartime service was on or before June 30,2011 the child must have been adpopted prior to age 24 years.
If the Veteran's initial term of active duty, wartime service was on or after July 1, 2011 the child must have been adopted prior to age 18 years.
Step-children are not eligible for this program.
Veteran Indiana Residency requirements:
If the veteran's initial term of active duty, wartime service was on or before June 30, 2011 the veteran must have resided in Indiana for 36 consecutive months or entered on active durty from an Indiana Home of Record address.
If the Veteran's initial term of active duty, wartime service was on or after July 1, 2011, the veteran must have resided in Indiana for at least 5 years or entered on active duty from an Indiana Home of Record address.
ALL student's must be eligible for the resident tuition rate for the state supported school they will attend.
If documents verifying the veteran's active, wartime, service dates and service connected VA disability rating are not availible for upload, IDVA will request this information from the VA Regional Office in Indianapolis. This can sometimes take a week or longer to obtain. These information requests do not include proof of award of the Purple Heart Medal or POW status of the veteran. this information must be uploaded if applying as the child of one of these two categories. Additional proof of the veteran's residency may be required as well before eligibility of the student can be determined. These are cases where there is no indication on uploaded documents of Indiana residency for the veteran or these documents were not uploaded. We will notify the student if additional documents are needed to verify the veteran's residency.
The list of State Supported Schools for these state aid programs are as follows:
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
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 the 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