In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans benefits programs provided by the states. The following are the Utah veterans’ benefits programs for education in 2018.
Tuition Waiver for Purple Heart Recipients
Purple Heart recipients are eligible for a tuition waiver at all public institution of higher learning in Utah. This benefit can be used toward a degree up to and including a Master’s Degree. To receive this benefit the Veteran must submit proof that they have a Purple Heart to the State Institution they are attending.
Scott B Lundell Tuition Waiver for Military Members’ Surviving Dependents
Surviving dependents of service members killed in action on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for a tuition waiver at state schools.
Veterans Tuition Gap Program
Effective 1 July 2014 the Veterans Tuition Gap Program came into effect. This “funding” gap enables qualifying military Veterans to receive tuition assistance for the last school year at State institutions of higher education. It is for tuition only and does not include housing, books, etc.
Veterans Tuition Gap Program: Utah National Guard State Education Benefits
The State of Utah, through the UTAH NATIONAL GUARD, may pay up to 100% of my tuition assistance based on the following caps and guidelines:
- Up to $250.00 per semester hour (SH), $167.00 per quarter hour (QH) or $6.66 per clock hour (CH) for tuition; not to exceed the institution’s residential tuition rate.
- Up to $5000 for the 2017-2018 State Budget Year, subject to availability of funding. iii. STA funds will not cover the cost of any fees, except in the following circumstances:
- The state retains the right to use STA funding toward the payment of course related fees as an incentive measure for under-utilized programs or for other policy related issues.
- Changes to the fee payment policy will be addressed each year on the Statement of Understanding (SOU).
- For the 2017-2018 school year, STA is not approved for use toward fees except for those cases where admin error is involved through misinformation provided by a member of the Utah National Guard Education Office.
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For more information regarding Utah veterans’ benefits, please visit – Utah Department of Veterans Affairs
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