Florida Waives Out-of-State Tuition for Vets

On 31 March 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” an initiative that waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans.

Also referred to as the “Florida GI Bill,” the tuition waiver program will benefit the state by bringing motivated students and future employees to the Sunshine State.  The same legislation also funds scholarships for Florida National Guard members.

Because the Post 9/11 GI Bill pays for the cost of in-state tuition and fees, offering a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition means that veterans who use their GI Bill can attend Florida state universities with no out-of-pocket costs, regardless of when they moved to the state.  This will hopefully entice veterans to move to Florida for their education, and remain there after graduation.

Details of how this will be implemented have not yet been released, but should be available in plenty of time for the 2014-2015 school year.



 this legislation to help our veterans find employment and expand career opportunities when they return home. This legislation reinforces the message that Florida makes our veterans a top priority.”

Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart said, “This bill continues to keep Florida as the most veteran friendly state. And it serves those who serve us.”

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  • Johnnie

    I don’t understand how this works. I am a veteran, and I am currently going to college online, with a school in California. Will this affect me? My tuition is expensive and my college loans are maxed out after this coming Fall semester.

    • Kate

      This only affects veterans who are from other states and attend school in Florida.

      Are you eligible for the GI Bill? Have you utilized all of your benefits? You can learn all about this at http://www.gibill.va.gov