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§2137.  Tuition fees for members of the armed forces and dependents and for certain individuals who have served in the armed forces; resident classification

A.  A child or spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in Louisiana on active duty shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at any state college or university without regard to length of time of residency in the state.

B.  A child or spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who has been assigned to duty elsewhere immediately following assignment to duty in Louisiana shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at any state college or university for as long as the child or spouse, as the case may be, continuously resides in Louisiana after the Louisiana duty assignment of the parent or spouse.

C.  The burden of proving entitlement to the benefit to this Section shall lie with the applicant therefor.

D.  Any individual who was permanently stationed in Louisiana as a member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, including his dependents, who enrolls as a student at any state owned and operated college or university, shall be classified as a resident for tuition purposes and shall qualify for resident tuition fees at any such state owned and operated college or university, provided that the individual has been continuously residing in Louisiana after being honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

E.(1)  Except for tuition charged to a veteran eligible for benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program pursuant to a Yellow Ribbon Agreement between a public postsecondary education institution and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 33, effective for the 2012-2013 academic year and thereafter, a student who is enrolled in or is applying for enrollment in a Louisiana public college or university and who physically resides in Louisiana for the duration of his enrollment in a state public institution of postsecondary education, who has served in the armed forces of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(4), and who also meets the requirements of Paragraph (2) of this Subsection is entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes without regard to length of time of residency in the state.

(2)  In addition to the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the student shall meet at least one of the following conditions to qualify for resident classification for tuition amount purposes:

(a)  Has served on active duty for a continuous period of no less than two years, and received an Honorable Discharge, as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214, within one year of enrolling in a Louisiana public college or university.

(b)  Is currently serving in a Reserve Component of the armed forces of the United States as defined by 10 U.S.C.101(c) and as verified by a memorandum from the student's commanding officer.

(c)  Has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

(3)  The Board of Regents and each public postsecondary education management board shall adopt rules and guidelines necessary to implement the provisions of this Subsection.

Added by Acts 1976, No. 286, §1; Acts 1987, No. 532, §1, eff. Aug. 1, 1987; Acts 2012, No. 581, §1, eff. June 7, 2012.



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