What is the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program?
Established in s. 1009.26 (12)(a), F.S., the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition
Waiver Program is a program that requires a state university, Florida College System
institution, or career center to waive out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged
veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who
physically reside in Florida while enrolled in the institution. The waiver will cover
the applicable portion of the fees up to 110 percent of the required credit hours
for the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled.
Who is eligible to receive the out-of-state fee waiver?
An honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the
National Guard who physically resides in the state while enrolled in a Florida College
System institution is eligible to receive the fee waiver.
What are the United States Armed Forces?
The U.S. Armed Forces consist of the: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps,
What are the United States Reserve Forces?
The U.S. Reserve Forces are the: Marine Forces Reserve, Navy Reserve, Army Reserve,
Air Force Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve.
What are the National Guard Components?
The National Guard components are the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
What documentation must a veteran present to the FCS institution in order to be considered
for this out-of-state fee waiver?
In order to be eligible for this out-of-state fee waiver, veterans will be expected
to provide the following documentation:
- Proof that the veteran physically resides in the state. This may include, but is not
limited to, a Florida driver license or Florida identification card.
- Proof that the veteran is honorably discharged. Information may be found on the veteran’s
DD214, discharge certificate or other documentation as deemed appropriate by the Florida
College System institution.
Are active duty military or National Guard members eligible to receive this out-of-state
No; however, s. 1009.21 (10)(a), F.S., specifies that active duty members of the U.S.
Armed Forces residing or stationed in Florida and active drilling members of the Florida
National Guard are classified as residents for tuition purposes.
May a student receive both the Purple Heart tuition waiver pursuant to s. 1009.26
(8), F.S., and this out-of-state fee waiver?
It is possible that the same student could meet the eligibility criteria for both
waivers. However, a student may receive the most benefit from the Purple Heart and
other combat decorations superior in precedence tuition waiver. If a student is eligible
for multiple waivers, he or she should receive the waiver that is most beneficial.
May this waiver apply to online programs and courses?
Yes, the waiver may be applied to online programs and courses.
May veterans who physically reside in a state other than Florida qualify to receive
No, a veteran must physically reside in Florida to be eligible to receive the out-of-state
fee waiver. This also applies to veterans who intend to enroll exclusively in online
programs and courses.
Must student eligibility for this waiver be verified each term?
Yes, the institution must ensure the veteran physically resides in Florida each term.
It is recommended that institutions encourage veterans to begin establishing residency
for tuition purposes pursuant to s. 1009.21, F.S., at the time of initial enrollment
to facilitate reclassification as a Florida resident when documentation requirements
are met. This may be helpful to the veteran since he/she will not have to prove physical
presence in Florida each term as with the out-of-state fee waiver.
Will this waiver be automatically applied when an eligible veteran transfers from
one institution to another?
Each institution must verify eligibility each term of enrollment due to the requirement
of proof of physical presence in Florida.
This waiver may be applied to 110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree
or certificate program for which the student is enrolled. What does this mean?
Students may enroll using the waiver for up to the number of credit hours that would
equal 110 percent of the total number of required career or college credit hours of
the student’s intended degree or certificate program.
Would an eligible veteran be able to transfer the waiver to another degree or certificate
program? If so, how will the 110 percent limit be applied?
Yes, an eligible veteran may switch programs and continue to be eligible for 110 percent
of the program for which he/she is enrolled. All courses and credits applicable to
the new program are applicable to the 110 percent cap.
Is there a limit on the number of times an eligible veteran may repeat a course using
Yes, according to s.1009.285, F.S., Fees for repeated enrollment in college-credit
A student enrolled in the same undergraduate college-credit course more than twice
shall pay tuition at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction and shall not be
included in calculations of full-time equivalent enrollments for state funding purposes.
Therefore, a student will be required to pay 100 percent of the full cost of instruction
if a course is repeated more than twice. All course attempts are counted towards the
110 percent limit unless an exception has been granted for extenuating circumstances.
Does an eligible veteran need to maintain continuous enrollment in order to remain
eligible for this waiver?
No, a veteran who meets the specified criteria will remain eligible for this waiver
until the 110 percent limit is reached.
Are FCS institutions required to provide this waiver?
Yes, this waiver is not discretionary. This waiver is applicable to all veterans who
initiate the verification process and meet the eligibility criteria.
May a spouse or dependent of an eligible veteran use this waiver?
No, the waiver is only applicable for the eligible veteran.
Does a FCS institution automatically administer this waiver?
No, a veteran must request this waiver. The FCS institution must verify the veteran
meets eligibility criteria, including physical residence in Florida, prior to administering
this waiver; therefore, it is not automatically applied.
When are FCS institutions required to start administering this waiver?
The effective date is July 1, 2014; therefore, this waiver is applicable for eligible
veterans for terms starting on or after July 1, 2014.
Are currently enrolled veterans who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition
purposes eligible for this waiver?
Yes, all veterans who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible to receive the waiver.
Are eligible veterans able to receive a refund of out-of-state fees charged/paid for
enrollment prior to July 1, 2014?
No, this waiver is applicable for terms starting on or after July 1, 2014.