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Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs

DVA > Resources > Veteran Benefits > Indiana Benefits > Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child/Children of a Disabled Veteran Remission of Fees (Free Tuition) for the Child/Children of a Disabled Veteran

 

Remission of Fees for the Child(ren) of a
Disabled Veteran (CDV)
(whose veteran parent initially entered military
service on or before June 30, 2011)
(Old-law)

 

The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of eligible  disabled Indiana veterans may be eligible for remission of fees at any state-supported post secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their application. Applications submitted without the appropriate documentation will be returned to the student.

Note to legally adopted children: This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 24 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college. Each college/university has its own student residency requirements.

The rules are:

1.     The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The veteran must also have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 3 consecutive years during his/her lifetime (IC 21-11-7-1).

Eligible wartime dates are:

WW I: April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918   

WWII: December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 

Korea: June 27, 1950 and Jan 31, 1955

Vietnam: Aug 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975

Gulf War: August 2, 1990 - present

Equally Hazardous Dates:
 

Expeditionary Medal. Veterans who received, or are qualified to receive, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (established by executive order 10977 on December 4, 1961), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, or equivalent expeditionary or service medal for service as shown below. The veteran must have been physically present in the area of conflict during the specified dates.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Lebanon 1 Jul 58 - 1 Nov 58
Quemoy and Matsu Islands 23 Aug 58 - 1 Jun 63
Taiwan Straits 23 Aug 58 - 1 Jan 59
Vietnam 1 Jul 58 - 3 Jul 65
Congo 14 Jul 60 - 1 Sep 62
Laos 19 Apr 61 - 7 Oct 62
Berlin 14 Aug 61 - 1 Jun 63
Cuba 24 Oct 62 - 1 Jun 63
Cambodia 29 Mar 73 - 15 Aug 73
Thailand (Support of Cambodia) 29 Mar 73 - 15 Aug 73
Congo 23 Nov 64 - 27 Nov 64
Dominican Republic 28 Apr 65 - 21 Sep 66
Korea 1 Oct 66 - 30 Jun 74
Cambodia 11 Apr 75 - 13 Apr 75
Vietnam 29 Apr 75 - 30 Apr 75
Mayaguez 15 May 75
Grenada 23 Oct 83 - 21 Nov 83
Lebanon 1 Jun 83 - 1 Dec 87
Libya 12 Apr 86 - 17 Apr 86
Persian Gulf 24 Jul 87 - 1 Aug 90
Panama 20 Dec 89 - 31 Jan 90
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq 1 Dec 95 - TBD
Former Republic of Yugoslavia – pending

Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal:
Cuba                                         3 Jan 61 – 23 Oct 62
Thailand                                  16 May 62 – 10 Aug 62
Indian Ocean/Iran/Yemen      8 Dec 78 – 6 Jun 79
Iran/Indian Ocean                   21 Nov 79 – 20 Oct 81
Lebanon                                  20 Aug 82 – 31 May 83
Libya                                       20 Jan 86 – 27 Jun 86
Persian Gulf                            1 Feb 87 – 23 Jul 87
Libya (Operation Sharp Edge) 5 Aug 90 – 21 Feb 91
Rowanda (Distant Runner)     7 Apr 94 – 18 Apr 94

o          Middle East Crisis: Iran Hostage Crisis. Veterans who were awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal for the attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran; OR who were held hostage in Iran AND awarded the Valor Ribbon.

o          Middle East Crisis: USS Stark. Veterans who served on the USS Stark on May 17, 1987.

o            Somalia Service. Veterans who served at least one day of "active duty" in Somalia or in territorial waters adjacent to Somalia between December 9, 1992, and [an ending date yet to be established].

                        o          Bosnia Service. Veterans who served at least 90 days in Bosnia or other statutorily designated areas between December 1, 1995, and [an ending date yet to be established].

And:

2. The veteran must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense (if the Department of Defense, the veteran must supply official documentation),

Or:

3. The veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Official documentation of the award is required)

                          Or:

4. **The veteran was a resident of Indiana at the time of entry into the service and was declared a POW or MIA after January 1, 1960. (There is no restriction on the number of hours for this benefit, but is good only up to and including a bachelor’s degree.)(IC 10-17-7)

Or:

5. The student was a veteran-related pupil at the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children's Home (students must submit a copy of their diploma or transcripts from the school with their ROF application).

The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for undergraduate level work. The amount remitted is 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. The benefit may also be used for graduate work, but will be reimbursed at the undergraduate rate, the difference being made up by the applicant/family. Ref: IC 21-14-4-1.

Please Note: The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college in Indiana.

For an application, see our Forms page at http://www.in.gov/dva/2357.htm


Remission of Fees for the Child(ren) of
a
Disabled Veteran (CDV)
(whose veteran parent initially entered military
service on or after July 1, 2011)
(New-law)

The biological or legally adopted child(ren) of eligible  disabled Indiana veterans may be eligible for remission of fees at any state-supported post secondary school or university in the State of Indiana. All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or adoption papers with their application. Applications submitted without the appropriate documentation will be returned to the student.

Note to legally adopted children: This applies at any age as long as the child was adopted by age 18 and the child is a resident of Indiana. The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college. Each college/university has its own student residency requirements.

The rules are:

1.     The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of wartime, or performed duty equally hazardous that was recognized by the award of a service, campaign or expeditionary medal of the United States (the military discharge must reflect that medal); The veteran must have originally entered military service from Indiana or must have been a resident of the State of Indiana for not less than 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the application.  (IC 21-11-7-1).

Eligible wartime dates are:

Recognized wartime periods after June 30, 2011(including a wartime period which began earlier but continued into the eligible period during which the veteran served).

And:

2. The veteran must be declared service-connected disabled or suffered a service connected death as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense (if the Department of Defense, the veteran must supply official documentation),

Or:

3. The veteran received a Purple Heart Medal. (Receipt of the medal must be reflected on the Record of Discharge, DD Form 214)

The Remission of Fees is good for 124 semester hours of education and may be used for undergraduate level work only. Depending upon the level of disability of the veteran the amount remitted can be as much as 100% of tuition and all mandatory fees. Ref: IC 21-14-4-1.

Please Note: The remission of fees/CDV program is a State of Indiana provided program and is not the federal GI Bill education program. CDV students can only use this benefit at a state supported university/college in Indiana.

The following also applies:

1.  Students will be limited to a total of eight (8) years in the program.
2.   Student must not have reached their 32nd birthday at the time of their initial application.
3.  Student must maintain the following grade point average (GPA):

       Freshman academic year: a cumulative GPA that the eligible institution determines satisfactory academic progress;
       Sophomore academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.
       Junior or senior academic year: a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its equivalent as established by the institution.
       Students not reaching these goals will be placed on probation and must reach the requisite GPA by the next semester or its equivalent.

4.  Student will have their remission of fees prorated based on the VA disability rating as follows:

       Children of veterans rated 80% service-connected disabled or higher by the VA or whose veteran parent is/was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal will receive 100% fee remission.
       Children of veterans rated less than 80% service-connected disabled will receive 20% fee remission plus the disability rating of the veteran.
       If the disability rating of the veteran changes after the beginning of the academic semester, quarter or other period, the change in the disability rating shall be applied beginning with the immediately following academic semester, quarter or other period.

For an application, see our Forms page at http://www.in.gov/dva/2357.htm

A Note About In-State Residency:

Attendance at state-supported colleges or universities while using the Remission of Fees program requires that students receive in-state tuition and fees at the school they are attending.