Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Military Members
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States are eligible for in-state tuition or nonresident tuition exemption in accordance with California Education Code, Section 68074, 68075, et seq., and AB 81 (VACA Act). Armed Forces of the United States means Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and the reserve components of each of these forces, the California Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve, and the California Naval Militia
Active Member or Dependent Living/Stationed in California
Active duty transferred under Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) - see VACA information below.
Active members domiciled/stationed in California as of the residence determination date are entitled to resident classification. If that member is thereafter transferred on military orders outside of California and the member continues to serve on active duty or thereafter retires as an active member, he or she will not lose residency so long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at Cuesta.
Dependents of active military members domiciled in California are also entitled to residence classification with no limitation on the length of the resident reclassification. (California Education Code, Section 68075 and 68074.)
To request residency reclassification, complete a Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Military Members form, attach a copy of the military member's DD214 and evidence of California as the member's permanent home.
Discharged Member Stationed in California within the Last Year
Veterans eligible for either: Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD), Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) and their dependents – see VACA information below.
Discharged members stationed in California on active duty for more than one year immediately prior to being discharged shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition for up to one year if he or she files an affidavit to establish residency as soon as possible. This one year exemption shall be used while the student lives in this state and within two years of being discharged. A former member of the military who received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge shall not be eligible for this exemption.
To request residency reclassification, complete a Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Military Members form and attach a copy of the military member's DD214.
Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability (VACA) Act
Chapter 30, Chapter 31, or Chapter 33
A nonresident veteran under AB 81 (VACA) who are “covered individuals” under federal statute 38 U.W.C. 2979(c) are exempt from nonresident tuition as long as the student remains continuously enrolled at Cuesta College. Continuously enrolled means enrolled for at least the fall and spring semester of an academic year and does not include summer session. Under this exemption students are NOT eligible to receive the CCPG (formerly BOGW) fee waiver. Students will remain classified as a nonresident but given an exemption from paying nonresident tuition.
The determination of whether a student qualifies for “covered individual” status is made at the beginning of a term as (i.e., the student must qualify for “covered individual” status as of the “residence determination date” applicable to the term in question as provided by California Code of Regulations, Title 5 section 54002). If a student veteran is not VACA eligible at the start of a term and becomes VACA eligible during that term, the student does not qualify as a “covered individual” for that term. However, the student is eligible for “covered individual” status under the VACA Act for the subsequent term.
Exempted “covered individuals” will be classified as nonresident students unless and until they meet applicable physical presence and intent requirements for resident status re-classification. The exemption from paying nonresident tuition under EC section 68075.7 does not extend to eligibility or entitlement to state financial Aid. Exempted “covered individuals” classified as nonresidents are not eligible for state aid including but not limited to the CCPG (formerly BOGW) enrollment fee waiver.
A "covered individual" is any individual as follows:
- A Veteran eligible for educational assistance under either the Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD), Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) GI Bill education benefit programs who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls at Cuesta College within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- A spouse or child eligible for transferred education benefits under either Chapter 30 (MGIB-AD), Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) GI Bill education benefit programs who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls at Cuesta College within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
- An individual eligible for transferred Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) G.I. Bill benefits while the transferor is on active duty who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) as described in 38 USC 3679(c)(2)(B)(ii)(II). The 3-year enrollment period limitation does not apply to eligible dependents of active duty service members.
- An individual eligible for benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty) who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
To request VACA nonresident tuition exemption, complete VACA Nonresident Tuition Exemption and Affidavit with a copy of Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for Chapter 30, 31 or 33 and a copy of the military member's DD214.