Military & Veteran Residency
GI Promise Act Tuition Adjustment
Students must submit the G.I. Promise Act Tuition Adjustment Form, along with the required documentation as outlined on the form, to the Office of Financial Aid, no later than the first day of the term to be eligible.
The G.I. Promise Act grants:
- All honorably discharged veterans and their dependents who show established domicile in CO regardless of length of time shall be granted in-state tuition status.
- All members of the armed forces of the United States on active duty in Colorado or the member’s spouse or dependent shall not lose his or her eligibility for in-state tuition status if the member retires or separates from the military and remains in Colorado.
Section 702 of the Choice Act
Section 702 of the Choice Act requires Institutes of Higher Learning to charge in-state tuition and fee amounts to “covered individuals” to remain approved for VA’s GI Bill® program. A covered individual is defined as:
- A Veteran who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of their formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school.
- An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of their formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school.
- Anyone described above while they remain continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school and must be using educational benefits under either Chapter 30, 31, 33, or 35*, of Title 38, United States Code.
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located.
- Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of their formal state of residence).
Note for Active Duty: Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act covers you only after discharge, not while you are still on active duty or while you are a member of the Active Guard Reserve (AGR).
Note for Dependents: Starting August 1, 2022, if you are using benefits through the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program (Chapter 35), you will be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
The Veterans Education Benefits Office requires either a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility or the DD214 of the veteran to validate date of discharge from a period of active-duty service of 90 days or more. If the transferor is still serving on active duty, then just a current copy of the Certificate of Eligibility is needed.
For students not living in the CSU dorms, a document with the student’s name and proof of Colorado address will be required before granting Section 702: copy of a current lease, copy of a utility bill, etc.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Veteran Services Yellow Ribbon program is a cost-share program with the Department of Veterans Affairs and universities covering out-of-state tuition for Post 9-11 GI Bill® benefit users.
In order to participate in Yellow Ribbon, students must be eligible for Post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits at 100 percent, must be using the benefits, and must be enrolled as an undergraduate student.
In addition to generous Yellow Ribbon participation, CSU offers a variety of scholarships for veterans and families and world-class veterans services. Because of these and other efforts, Military Times lists CSU at number five among public colleges and universities on its national 2019 “Best for Vets” ranking.
Additional Residency Resources
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website.