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Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 requires schools to bill eligible individuals using Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®or Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the in-state tuition rate if they meet the requirements of the law, even when they are defined by the school as an out-of-state resident for tuition purposes.  The bill went into effect July 1, 2015.  To be eligible for the Choice Act, students must meet the requirements of the law and submit supporting documents to the Office of Admissions and Records outlined below. 

  1. Reside in Oklahoma while attending OUHSC.
  2. Submit a letter of intent (PDF) to establish residence in the state.
  3. Submit a Certificate of Eligibility with entitlement for one of the bills below:
    1. Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® (Active Duty),
    2. Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Veteran),
    3. Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® ([1]Dependent – “Transfer of Entitlement”).
  4. Provide a form DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty showing the applicant meets the following conditions:
    1. The Uniformed Service Member must have been discharged within the past [2]five years.
    2. The active duty period prior to discharge must have been greater than 90 days. 

Supporting documents must be received and eligibility verified by the Office of Admissions and Records by the deadlines below.  Documents submitted after the deadline will be reviewed for the next term.  In-state reclassification (and associated in-state tuition) is not granted on a retroactive basis.

                Fall - October 31
                Spring - March 31
                Summer - June 30

 

Mail, fax, or scan required documents to:

 

               OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records

               Attn: Admission Officer

               PO Box 26901, BSEB-200

               Oklahoma City, OK  73126

               Admissions@ouhsc.edu

               FAX: 405-271-2480

 

Individuals who meet the requirements will maintain in-state resident status as long as they remain continuously enrolled at OUHSC, even if the term of benefits expires or educational assistance is exhausted under Chapter 30 or 33.

The complete policy and information is located online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (Section 3.18.7 A, B)

 


[1] Expanded to align with Oklahoma Senate Bill 138.  It entitles assistance by virtue of a relationship as a spouse or dependent child who is receiving VA educational assistance as described.

[2] Expanded to align with Oklahoma Senate Bill 138.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill