Tracking Veteran Educational Benefits

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays in-state tuition and fees for veterans attending any public university. But in 29 states, veterans who come from out-of-state must pay the difference between in-state and sharply higher out-of-state tuition until they can establish residency. Twenty-one states, on the other hand, waive residency requirements and treat all veterans like in-state students. Those 21 states are marked in dark blue on the map below; states that charge out-of-state rates to veterans are in lighter blue. Selecting a state on the map will show the total number of schools and students in the state getting Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, as well as that total amount paid from 2009.

Residency requirements.

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NOTES: Mississippi and Georgia issue waivers through the universities. Maryland's law takes effect Oct. 1.
SOURCE: State-by-state analysis of student veteran/residency policies.
CREDIT: Anthony Cave, Meg Wagner