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Veterans Academic Resource Center

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Purple Heart

Pursuant to Florida Statute 1009.26(9), UCF will waive undergraduate tuition for each recipient of a Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence as listed below. This waiver includes tuition and related fees that are assessed to all students, regardless of the program or credit course in which they are enrolling. Fees that are waived include charges that all students must pay as part of their instructional costs/costs per credit hour which are not linked to specific courses. Fees not included in this waiver are “user” fees. User fees include laboratory fees and other special fees that support specific programs and/or courses.

In order to be awarded the Purple Heart waiver, a student must provide a copy of their DD-214 to the Veterans Academic Resource Center and request this waiver. The student must have documentation that they have received a Purple heart or another combat decoration listed below:

  1. Purple Heart
  2. Bronze Star (must be “V” designation or device)
  3. Distinguished Flying Cross
  4. Legion of Merit (must be “V” designation or device)
  5. Silver Star
  6. Air Force Cross
  7. Navy Cross
  8. Distinguished Service Cross
  9. Medal of Honor

* This waiver for a Purple Heart recipient or recipient of another combat decoration superior in precedence shall be applicable for 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.

* Additional documentation will be requested by UCF as needed.

* Any questions regarding how this impacts financial aid awards should be directed to the UCF Financial Aid department.

The C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program (Chapter 1009.26, Section 36, Subsection (12)(a) Florida Statutes) waives out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces, United States Reserve Forces, or the National Guard who physically reside within the state of Florida while enrolled at any UCF campus. This waiver may also be used by eligible dependents who are using GI bill benefits that the veteran transferred to them.

Please note: This waiver does NOT change a student’s residency status.

For the veteran

  • DD-214 showing Honorable Discharge
  • Proof of residency within the state of Florida in the form of one of the following:
    • Proof of water, electric, or natural gas bill
    • Proof of a lease agreement
    • A declaration of domicile in Florida
    • Proof of permanent employment in Florida (letter on company letterhead stating that the claimant will be employed at least 20 hours per week)
  • Must be a degree seeking student (cannot be a non-degree student)
  • Waiver only needs to be completed one time.
  • Veteran does not need to be using GI bill benefits to receive the waiver. If the veteran is not certifying their benefits in a particular semester, it is the responsibility of the veteran to advise the VARC in writing of their intent to continue using the waiver by emailing their request, including their full name and UCF identification number to: VARC@ucf.edu. The appropriate waiver documents must have been completed and submitted to the VARC.

For the eligible dependent using transferred GI Bill benefits

  • Certification form completed and submitted (dependent MUST be using benefits)
  • Must be a degree seeking student (cannot be a non-degree student)
  • Proof of residency within the state of Florida in the form of one of the following:
    • Proof of water, electric, or natural gas bill
    • Proof of a lease agreement
    • A declaration of domicile in Florida
    • Proof of permanent employment in Florida (letter on company letterhead stating that the claimant will be employed at least 20 hours per week

Deadline and Other Important Information

Priority processing of the application for the C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the FRIDAY of the first week of classes for the upcoming semester.

This waiver application only needs to be turned in only once for the entire time a student is continuously enrolled at UCF; however, if a student is eligible for Florida residency for tuition purposes then the student is expected to complete the process for residency instead of using the waiver.

Applicant will need to download the Out of State Tuition Waiver and submit all required documents to the Veterans Academic Resource Center by the stated deadline.

The Veterans Academic Resource Center reserves the right to request additional documentation to ensure compliance with Florida statutes.

UCF is a proud supporter of the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For those who are eligible and apply, UCF will contribute 50% of the amount of out-of-state tuition and fees (up to $3000 per semester) for a total of 30 eligible undergraduate dependents of student veterans and a total of 10 eligible graduate dependents of student veterans the VA will match that amount.

Please note that in most cases, utilizing the Out Of State waiver (above) may be a better financial option unless the applicant is not living in the state of Florida while attending UCF.

The Yellow Ribbon Program payment is paid directly to the school on behalf of the student when UCF processes the student’s certification.

Only individuals at the 100% benefits level (or dependents using transferred entitlement) may receive Yellow Ribbon funding.

The following are NOT eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • Active Duty Personnel
  • Spouses of Active Duty personnel using Transferred Entitlement
  • Fry Scholarship recipients

All forms should be typed (Cert Form (VSC) must be typed), signed and presented to the Veteran Services office in the VARC before they will be processed (all faxed forms must be typed).

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill)

Chapter 31

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)

You MUST be enrolled at "More Than 1/2 Time" AND have one 3 Credit Hour class that requires you to be "in residence" or actually sitting in a face-to-face class that meets each week.

Chapter 35 (DEA - Dependents Education Assistance)

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery Reserve Select GI Bill)

Chapter 1607 (REAP Reserve Education Assistance Program)