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Active Duty Military

In-state Tuition Benefit for Active Duty Military

Effective July 1, 2007, the Code of Virginia section 23-7.4 was amended to provide the following benefit: Active duty military, activated guard or reservist members, or guard or reservist members mobilized or on temporary active orders for six months or more, who are stationed or assigned by their military service to a Virginia work location/military installation, and are residing in Virginia, are eligible for the in-state tuition rate. To be eligible, the active duty military member must apply for the in-state tuition rate using the Active Duty Military Tuition Benefit Form. Verification of eligibility is through orders and proof of Virginia residence, which should be submitted with the application.

  • The benefit is not based on designation of Virginia in-state residency, but rather it places a limit on the amount of tuition the student may be charged.
  • Tuition Assistance authorization forms will not qualify students for the in-state tuition rate. The documentation specified below must be submitted in order to qualify for in-state rates.
  • The provision does not provide access to financial aid reserved for Virginia in-state residents and eligible students continue to be categorized as out-of-state (if appropriate) for reporting purposes.

Documentation required (you must submit this documentation EACH SEMESTER in which you plan to use this benefit):

  • A copy of the military orders which verify:
    • Active duty military status or activation of reservist/guard member, and
    • Work location/duty station within Virginia
  • Documentation verifying Virginia residence (such as utility bill, valid lease, etc.)
  • Copy of military identification card issued by the U.S. military.

Questions concerning this benefit should be addressed to instate@odu.edu or call the Registrar's Office at (757) 683-4425 (Domicile).

In-state Tuition Benefit for Dependents of Active Duty Members

All dependents, as defined by 37 U.S.C. 401, of active duty military personnel, or activated or temporarily mobilized reservists or guard members, assigned to a permanent duty station or workplace geographically located in Virginia, or in a state contiguous to Virginia or the District of Columbia, who reside in Virginia shall be deemed to be domiciled in Virginia for purposes of eligibility for in-state tuition and shall be eligible to receive tuition in Virginia in accordance with this section. All such dependents shall be afforded the same educational benefits as any other individual receiving in-state tuition pursuant to this section so long as they are continuously enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program of an institution of higher education in Virginia or are transferring between Virginia institutions of higher education or from an undergraduate degree program to a graduate degree program.

"Dependent" is defined to include:

  • Spouse
  • Child under the age of 21, provisions up to age 23
  • Dependent parent
  • Legal custody, adoption and step-child

"Temporarily mobilized" means activated for service for six months or more.

Date of Eligibility: The date of eligibility is either the date of admission or acceptance for dependents currently residing in Virginia or the final add/drop date for dependents of members newly transferred to Virginia.

For DEPENDENTS of active duty members, the workplace can be either within Virginia, a state contiguous to Virginia, or the District of Columbia. Place of residence MUST be in Virginia.

Documentation required:

  • A copy of the military orders which verify:
    • Active duty military status or activation of reservist/guard member, and
    • Work location/duty station within Virginia, a contiguous state or Washington, DC
  • Documentation verifying Virginia residence (such as utility bill, valid lease, etc.)
  • Copy of military identification card issued by the U.S. military.

To be eligible for the benefit, submit the Military Dependent Tuition Benefit Form (fillable with Adobe Reader) AND the Application for In-state Tuition to the Office of the University Registrar.

Questions concerning this benefit should be addressed to instate@odu.edu or call the Registrar's Office at (757) 683-4425 (Domicile).