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Veterans Choice Act

If you are a veteran, their spouse, or dependent relative and have been classified as an out-of-state student for tuition purposes by the Residency Determination Service (RDS) and would like to seek reclassification as an in-state student under Section 702 Veterans “Choice Act,” download and complete the Choice Act Reclassification Form found here.

Veterans Choice Act qualifications are as follows:

Under North Carolina General Statue Section (G.S.) 116‐143.3A certain veterans and other individuals entitled to federal education benefits under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30 or 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 may be eligible to be charged the in‐state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment without satisfying the 12‐month residency requirement under G.S. 116‐143.1. 

A veteran is a person who served active duty for not less than 90 days in the Armed Forces, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and who was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable. 

To qualify: 

  • The veteran, their spouse, or dependent relative applies for admission to the institution of higher education and enrolls within three years of the veteran's discharge or release from the Armed Forces, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 
  • The veteran qualifies for and uses educational benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 31 Chapter 30

(Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty Education Assistance Program) or 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 (Post‐9/11 Educational Assistance) or their spouse or dependent relative is the recipient of transferred federal educational benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty 14 Education Assistance Program) or 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33 (Post‐9/11 Educational Assistance). 

  • The veteran, their spouse, or dependent relative’s abode is in North Carolina. 
  • The veteran, their spouse, or dependent relative provides the institution of higher education at which the veteran intends to enroll a letter of intent to establish residence in North Carolina (This can be fulfilled by the applicant’s initial in appropriate box on the Choice Act application).