Military families sacrifice to serve their country, including frequent moves to go where they're needed. Virginia allows families of active-duty service members to get in-state education benefits even if they don't yet have a legal Virginia residence.
Active-Duty Military Eligibility
If you or your child want to be considered for in-state tuition, notify Mason during the admissions process. You'll need to complete an in-state tuition application. If you don't, the application will be classified as out-of-state.
Find details of the requirements in the pamphlet Comparison of Federal and State Military Provisions published by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (PDF).
If a veteran lives in Virginia and has been discharged for reasons other than "dishonorable," he or she can get in-state tuition. To qualify, fill out the in-state tuition application when applying.
Out-of-State Tuition Exemption
Mason complies with Section 702 of the Veteran’s Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (PDF). The Veteran’s Choice Act grants in-state tuition to:
- A veteran who was discharged or released after a minimum of 90 days of military service less than three years before enrollment.
- An individual entitled to assistance under the Post-911 GI Bill (Chapter 33) due to a relationship with a veteran.
- Children or surviving spouses who qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who enroll within three years of an active-duty service member’s death in the line of duty.
- Anyone using benefits under the Fry Scholarship who lives in Virginia.
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits who lives in Virginia; the person making the transfer must be a member of the uniformed service on active duty.
- Chapter 33 beneficiaries residing in Virginia.
For more information, read the Veterans Choice fact sheet (PDF) published by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
You'll also need to submit a Veterans Registration Reporting Form (VRRF) requesting certification of your VA benefits. Indicate on the VRRF that you would like to apply for in-state tuition under the provisions of Section 702. You must provide source documentation in conjunction with the VRRF. These documents include:
- Certificate of Eligibility for VA Benefits.
- Current military orders.
- Individual DD 214, the proof of service of the person from whom the entitlement arose. This person must have been separated from service within three years of initial enrollment, and must have served at least 90 days active duty.
- Proof of Residency in Virginia. The residency requirement could be satisfied via off-campus housing within Virginia, on-campus housing, temporary housing, rental or ownership housing, or documented confirmation of a non-contract residence with another individual.
Once your status has been confirmed, a tuition exemption will be applied to the student account for the current semester. This benefit is not automatic; you must apply for it each semester.