"Choice Act"

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act") - Section 702

To remain approved for VA's GI Bill programs, NC school must charge in-state tuition and fee amounts to "covered individuals," as described, to include same-sex spouses and children (biological, adopted, pre-adoptive and stepchildren of same-sex spouses) for terms that start after 7/1/15.

A covered individual is defined in the Choice Act as:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  • An individual using transferred benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  • Anyone described above while he or she remains 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 prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, 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 and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.

  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).

 

IMPORTANT: Individuals who initially meet the requirements above will maintain "covered status" as long as they are using Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH33) or Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD CH30) benefits and remain continuously enrolled at the SAME institution or higher learning, even if they are outside the three-year window or change programs. NOTE: Once a student changes schools they are no longer "covered" under Section 702.

Continuity of enrollment is not broken by regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms. Individuals do not have to enroll in summer session or terms to maintain continuous enrollment.

If a student feels that they meet the criteria please contact the VA Education Benefits Office at 704.330.6552 or veteransaffairs@cpcc.edu.