Veterans Resource Center

Auburn University

Choice Act

Choice Act

 

Auburn University offers resident tuition rates for certain military-affiliated students.

Eligibility Requirements are solely dependent on the status of the Veteran/Sponsor.

 

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”) and Public Law 114-315 Amendment of Section 702:

  1. An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state where Auburn University is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Sponsor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  2. Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits who lives in the state where Auburn University is located and the sponsor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  3. Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state where Auburn University is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
  4. Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under Chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

 

To determine eligibility for Choice Act, all required documents are to be turned into the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) via veterans@auburn.edu prior for approval. Students must fall within one of the Categories below:

 

Category 1: Dependent of Recently Discharged/Retired Service Member

  1. Service Member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or Retirement Orders reflecting discharge date
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for CH 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  3. Proof of Domicile in AL (provide 1 of the following)
    – Utility Bill
    – Lease Agreement (must be under students’ name) OR
    – Notarized Letter if living with family member OR
    – Students Dorm Room Assignment if living on campus OR
    – AL Driver’s License

Category 2: Dependent of Active Duty Service Member

  1. Service Member’s Active Duty Orders
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for CH 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  3. Proof of Domicile in AL (provide 1 of the following)
    – Utility Bill
    – Lease Agreement (must be under students’ name) OR
    – Notarized Letter if living with family member OR
    – Students Dorm Room Assignment if living on campus OR
    – AL Driver’s License

Category 3: Dependent using Fry Scholarship

  1. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for Fry Scholarship
  2. Proof of Domicile in AL (provide 1 of the following)
    – Utility Bill
    – Lease Agreement (must be under students’ name) OR
    – Notarized Letter if living with family member OR
    – Students Dorm Room Assignment if living on campus OR
    – AL Driver’s License

Category 4: *Veteran who served less than 2 years*

  1. Veteran’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) or Discharge paperwork
  2. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for CH 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  3. Proof of Domicile in AL (provide 1 of the following)
    – Utility Bill
    – Lease Agreement (must be under students’ name) OR
    – Notarized Letter if living with family member OR
    – Students Dorm Room Assignment if living on campus OR
    – AL Driver’s License

Further information on the requirements of Section 702 of the Choice Act can be found by selecting the link below:

https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_residentraterequirements.asp

 

**Effective: 1 August 2021**
In accordance with Isakson & Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-315) Section 1005 made changes to the requirements for in-state tuition rates. This change removes the requirement for covered individuals to enroll in a course at a public institution of higher learning (IHL) within 3 years of being discharged to receive in-state tuition rates.:

  • An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state where Auburn University is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence)

 

To determine eligibility, all required documents are to be turned into the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) via veterans@auburn.edu prior for approval. Students must submit the following documents: 

  1. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for CH 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  2. Proof of Domicile in AL (provide 1 of the following)
    – Utility Bill OR
    – Lease Agreement (must be under students’ name) OR
    – Notarized Letter if living with family member OR
    – Students Dorm Room Assignment if living on campus OR
    – AL Driver’s License

 

If you find you are not eligible for this program, another alternative is the
Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP).

**This can only be used if utilizing the CH 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®**

 

Last modified: April 29, 2021