August 22, 2003 - Tuition Assistance
Disabled veterans in Indiana with children who are college-eligible may be wondering where the money for college is going to come from.
One answer is: from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) which offers a tuition-free education to the children of wartime disabled veterans.
The program, called Remission of Fees for the Child of a Disabled Veteran (CDV) is available for post secondary education at state supported colleges and universities and is offered by the State of Indiana for the children of wartime disabled veterans, or a recipient of the Purple Heart who are or who have been a resident of Indiana for 36 consecutive months, or who was a prisoner of war or missing in action after January 1, 1960.
The wartime disability, which must be verifiable with the VA or with the Department of Defense, can even be rated at zero percent (0%). The veteran can be the natural or legally adoptive parent. Step-children and grandchildren or foster children are ineligible unless they are adopted.
The age of the child is not a factor and the benefit can be used for an undergraduate or graduate degree, up to a total of 124-semester credit hours, but no reimbursement is authorized for terms completed prior to the application.
The following schools are the only ones which qualify for this program: Ball State, Indiana State, Indiana University, Purdue University (or any IU/PU campus), IVY Tech, University of Southern Indiana and Vincennes University.
The benefit covers all tuition and mandatory fees charged by state-supported institutions to eligible students, as defined by the Commission for Higher Education and the State Student Assistance Commission and can be used in addition to any educational benefit offered by the federal government to the family of disabled veterans.
For further information and for an application, contact your local Veterans' Service Officer.