Paying for School

The GI Bill will not pay for students to take the same class twice unless the first attempt is considered a failure by the university's catalog.

The GI Bill will not pay for zero credit classes, even if they are required.

The GI Bill will pay for the tuition of study abroad classes, but will not pay the fees of the student abroad classes.

Tuition Waivers

If you are a recipient of the Purple Heart or the Combat Decoration Superior in Precedence, a Florida resident the time that you enlisted and separated from the service, as stated on your DD214 and an Undergraduate student, you may be eligible to receive tuition waiver. The Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence include:

  • Purple Heart
  • Bronze Star (must be “V” designation or device)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Legion of Merit (must be “V” designation or device)
  • Silver Star
  • Air Force Cross
  • Navy Cross
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Medal of Honor

What is the “V” designation on some combat decorations?

  • To be considered a “combat decoration superior in precedence to the Purple Heart,” the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit must include the “V” designation or device.
  • Only these specific Combat Decorations Awards in Precedence, which must be present on your DD214, are eligible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Veteran and Military Affairs office if you need further clarification.

Monthly Verification (WAVE) for Chapter 30, 35, 1606, and 1607 recipients.

Once you are certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each month before you will receive your payment. Be sure that you have verified exact start and end dates for any session classes in which you are enrolled that are shorter or extend beyond the regular semester. To verify your enrollment, go to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378. If you notice either class dates or credit amounts are incorrect while verifying, please contact the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs Office for assistance.

1009.27 Deferral of Fees.

Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607 is entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits. 

Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Application.

This form is to be submitted by Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents who are not residents for tuition purposes as per Florida Statute 1009.21.

Active duty Service members stationed in Florida and any drilling member of the Florida National Guard, Air National Guard, or Reserve component is classified as a Resident for tuition purposes and does not need to apply for this waiver.

Eligibility Criteria

Florida law authorizes FIU to waive the out-of-state portion of tuition for Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, Guard and Reserve forces, their Spouses and Dependents who demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Active Duty Station outside the State of Florida: Which are on active duty, will need to provide a copy of his/her active duty orders (national guard or reservist do not qualify).
  • Veterans/Spouses/Dependents: Physically reside in the State of Florida (proof may include, but is not limited to, Florida Driver’s License, Florida Identification card, housing lease in Florida while attending FIU) and 
  • Veterans: Have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces (proof may include, but is not limited to, your DD - 214, member 4 copy, or other documentation deemed appropriate by the Veteran and Military Affairs office) 

  • Spouses/Dependents: Must be using the GI Bill for the term you are receiving the out of state tuition waiver. If your entitlement has run out or you are not using the G.I. Bill, you will not be eligible for the out of state waiver. (Proof shall include the students Certificate of Eligibility (COE), AND a request to be certified to the VA for classes during the waived term.) 

  • Continuing Students (Veterans/Spouses/Dependents): 
Continuing students receiving the waiver must recertify their physical presence in Florida each semester, prior to the beginning of the semester. Nothing is automatic. You must resubmit this application each semester to receive the waiver.

NOTE: Students who are eligible to establish residency in Florida as per Florida Statute 1009.21 will not be required to recertify physical presence in Florida each semester once their residency has been changed to Florida.

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