How to Qualify for the Veteran Tuition Waiver

Under Connecticut state statutes, tuition at Connecticut public colleges and universities may be waived for qualifying veterans.


To be eligible at a public college or university, veterans must:

» Be honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard).  National Guard members, activated under Title 10 of the United States Code, also are included.

» Have served at least 90 or more cumulative days active duty in time of war (see Periods of Service) except if separated from service earlier because of a federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rated service-connected disability; or the war, campaign or operation lasted less than 90 days and service was for the duration.

» Be accepted for admission (i.e. matriculated) at SCSU.

» Be domiciled in Connecticut at the time of acceptance, which includes domicile for less than one year. NOTE: If you applied to Southern with an out-of-state address you become domiciled when you get a Connecticut address. You must provide proof of the Connecticut address to the Registrar's Office as soon as you obtain it to become eligible for the tuition waiver.

» Eligibility is not retroactive.

» Dependents are not eligible; even if their service member meets all the requirements listed above.

Periods of Service

Only those who "performed service" in the following manner may qualify:

Active duty for at least 90 or more consecutive days during:

World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
Korean Conflict - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era - February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975
Persian Gulf War - August 2, 1990 until an ending date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law (no end date at this time).  All military war service subsequent to August 2, 1990 is covered, including but not limited to, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Somalia and Bosnia.

Engaged in combat or in a combat-support role in:
Lebanon - July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958 or September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984
Grenada - October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983
Operation Earnest Will - July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990
(escort of Kuwaiti oil tankers flying the U.S. flag in the Persian Gulf)
Panama - December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

Service in time of war does not include time spent attending a military service academy .  Reservists must be mobilized in time of war for other than training purposes.

Source: Connecticut Department of Higher Education

Related Resources

Veteran Tuition Waiver Overview

SCSU Veteran Tuition Waiver Application