Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act Helps Veterans Access Education

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act Helps Veterans Access Education

Section 702 of the Veteran’s Choice Act addresses the high costs veterans face while trying to continue their education after service. This act went into effect on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015. As a result, the Department of Veteran Affairs will stop approving benefit payments for educational programs at public colleges or universities that do not offer qualifying veterans the in-state costs and fees. In order to qualify for the tuition benefits, the individual must be:

  • A veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the tuition of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

Recently it was added that this act will include same-sex spouses and their children (biological, adopted, pre-adoptive, and step children). In order for an individual to maintain coverage, they must continuously be enrolled at the institution (even if outside a three year window or enrolled in another program). These new requirements will allow recently discharged veterans and eligible family members to obtain educational benefits at a more affordable cost.

Category: Veterans Law