Section 702 of the Veterans Choice Act

Enacted July 1, 2015

A covered individual enrolled in any public institution of higher education in this state shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition or any out-of-state fee, if the covered individual:

  • Is Eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill-AD benefits
  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the Institution of Higher Learning (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.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the Institution of Higher Learning (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.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees:

To continue to qualify for in-state tuition and fees after three (3) years have passed
from the date of discharge as reflected on the veteran's certificate of release or discharge
from active duty, Form DD-214, or an equivalent document, an eligible student shall:


(1) Maintain continuous enrollment as defined by the public institution of
higher education at which the student is enrolled; and


(2) Demonstrate objective evidence of established residency in this state by
presenting at least two (2) of the following:


(A) Proof of voter registration in this state;
(B) A Tennessee driver license;
(C) A Tennessee motor vehicle registration;
(D) Proof of established employment in this state; or
(E) Other documentation clearly evidencing domicile or residence in
the state, as determined by THEC.

To determine eligibility, I will need the following on file:

  • Current Certificate of Eligibility
  • Most recent DD-214

If these documents are not on file, submit the required documentation to the School Certifying Official at 117 University Center, by fax to 423-425-2172, or by email to squoia-holmes@utc.edu