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Veterans Choice Act Residency Reclassification

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Veterans Choice Act Residency Reclassification

Each residency petition is judged on its own merit using the guidelines and regulations established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) (PDF) (3.18 In-state/out-of-state Status of Enrolled Students). It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation to support a petition for in-state tuition classification. Petitions that are not supported by sufficient documentation will be denied.

Actions such as the following may help to support an application for resident tuition status insofar as they apply to the Basic Definition of Resident Status: maintaining a permanent home/domicile in Oklahoma for at least 12 months prior to the first day of class attendance at any Oklahoma institution of higher education; Oklahoma automobile registration and driver's license; evidencing in some convincing way intent to remain in Oklahoma indefinitely after graduation (in other than a graduate student capacity); owning property and paying state property taxes, voter registration. All of these things will be taken into consideration as part of a petition for in-state tuition classification, but are not, in and of themselves, sufficient to establish residency.

The issue of intent to remain in Oklahoma after completing one's education is important in reclassifying financially independent adult students. Each individual must present his or her own special set of circumstances, along with documentation, to support the contention that he or she intends to remain in Oklahoma after graduation or ceasing to enroll as a student. Verification of full-time employment after graduation is an example of documentable intent to remain; however, verification of future employment should be no more than one calendar year prior to the expected graduation date. This is not the only means to establish this intent. All materials and circumstances presented by the student will be considered, but the evidence must clearly and convincingly show a student's intent to stay in Oklahoma.

Active Uniformed Service/Discharged or Released from Active Uniformed Service for whom Oklahoma is the Home of Record

The following shall be eligible for in-state status:

  • Members of the uniformed services, along with their dependent children and spouse, who provide evidence that they are full-time active duty status of more than thirty (30) days in the uniformed services stationed in Oklahoma or temporarily present through military orders. Further, when members of the armed services are transferred out-of-state, the member, their spouse and dependent children shall continue to be classified as in-state as long as they remain continuously enrolled.
  • Regardless of the residency of the student, dependent children or spouse of a person who is currently serving as a member of the active uniformed services of the United States on full-time active duty status of more than thirty (30) days for whom Oklahoma is the home of record.
  • Person, or dependent children or spouse of a person, who was discharged or released from a period of not fewer than ninety (90) days of active uniformed service and less than five (5) years before the date of enrollment in the course(s) concerned and for whom Oklahoma is the home of record.
  • Former full-time active uniformed services personnel who remain in Oklahoma after their service may retain their in-state status without the 12 month requirement if they establish domicile as defined in this policy.

Active Uniformed Service/Discharged or Released from Active Uniformed Service (Regardless of the Home of Record)

Pursuant to Title 70, O.S., Section 3247 (as amended), the following is compliant with the eligibility criteria prescribed in the Veterans’ Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.

A student who files with the University of Oklahoma a letter of intent (PDF) to establish residence in the state and who resides in the state while enrolled at OU shall be eligible for in-state status if the student:

  • Is a person who was discharged or released from a period of not fewer than ninety (90) days of active duty uniformed service, less than five (5) years before the date of enrollment in the course(s) concerned, and is pursuing a course of education with educational assistance under Chapters 30 or 33 of Title 38 of the United States Code while living in Oklahoma;
    or
  • Is a person who is entitled to assistance under Section 3311(b)(9) or 3319 of Title 38 of the United States Code by virtue of a relationship to a person who was discharged or released from a period of not fewer than ninety (90) days of active duty uniformed services, and enrolls in the course(s) concerned within five (5) years of the date the related person was discharged or released from a period of not fewer than ninety (90) days of active duty uniformed services
    or
  • Is a person who is the spouse/dependent of an individual currently serving as a member of the active, uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service) of the United States on full-time, active duty status of more than thirty (30) days and is using Chapter 30 or 33 GI Bill benefits.
    or
  • is a recipient of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and is using it as a GI Bill benefit.

Pursuant to Section 3676(C) of Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 (effective March 1, 2019) a student who files with the University of Oklahoma a letter of intent (PDF) to establish residence in the state and who resides in Oklahoma while enrolled at OU shall be eligible for in-state status if the student is a recipient of Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation.

Please contact OU Veteran Student Services for more information.

You may obtain a copy of your DD214 through eBenefits.