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Is It Right That My Daughter Is Getting Charged Out-State Tuition?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: I transferred my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my daughter who resides in Hawaii. She is now 18yrs old and plans to attend Leeward Community College (LCC). However, LCC is requiring her to pay an out-of-state tuition because I claim Pennsylvania instead of Hawaii as my home of residence. My daughter has lived in Hawaii with her mother for the past five years and graduated there. Is this right that LCC is charging her an out-of-state tuition?

A: No it is not – something is hosed up in the paperwork. When she filled out her VA Form 22-1990e to get her Certificate of Eligibility, she should have entered in her Hawaiian address information in the address block. If she needs to show proof, a copy of her driver’s license should suffice.

I’m wondering if she didn’t fill out VA Form 22-1990 which is for the veteran if s/he want to use their GI Bill and not the VA Form 22-1990e which is for a transfer recipient to use transferred benefits.

Anyways, have her review the paperwork she submitted and she should enlist the help her school’s VA Certifying Official who can help her get it straightened out.

I’m assuming LCC is a public school in which all of her tuition would be paid once she documents herself as a resident. If by chance LCC is a private school, the Post 9/11 GI Bill would pay up to $17,500 per year which should more than pay tuition at a Community College.
The VA will pay back up to one year, so once she gets her residency straighten out, she should request reimbursement from the VA to get back what she paid in out-state tuition.

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