"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 using Montgomery GI Bill-AD (CH30) or Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH33) who lives in NC (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a qualifying period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (TOE) who lives in NC (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school withing three years of the transferor's discharge from a qualifying period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse of child using benefits under the CH33 Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (FRY) who lives in NC (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Servicemember's death in the line of duty, following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

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.

Active duty individuals not their dependents using TOE while the Transferor is on active duty are considered "covered" individuals under Section 702.

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