20 U.S. Code § 1015d - In-State tuition rates for members of the armed forces on active duty, spouses, and dependent children

(a) Requirement

In the case of a member of the armed forces who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and whose domicile or permanent duty station is in a State that receives assistance under this chapter, such State shall not charge such member (or the spouse or dependent child of such member) tuition for attendance at a public institution of higher education in the State at a rate that is greater than the rate charged for residents of the State.

(b) Continuation

If a member of the armed forces (or the spouse or dependent child of a member) pays tuition at a public institution of higher education in a State at a rate determined by subsection (a), the provisions of subsection (a) shall continue to apply to such member, spouse, or dependent while continuously enrolled at that institution, notwithstanding a subsequent change in the permanent duty station of the member to a location outside the State.

(c) Effective date

This section shall take effect at each public institution of higher education in a State that receives assistance under this chapter for the first period of enrollment at such institution that begins after July 1, 2009.

(d) Definitions

In this section, the terms “armed forces” and “active duty for a period of more than 30 days” have the meanings given those terms in section 101 of title 10.

Amendment of Section

Pub. L. 117–81, div. F, title LXII, § 6206, Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2392, provided that, effective at each public institution of higher education in a State that receives assistance under the Higher Education Act of 1965 for the first period of enrollment at such institution that begins after July 1, 2024, this section is amended as follows:

(1) in the section heading, by striking “the armed forces on active duty, spouses, and dependent children” and inserting “qualifying Federal service”;

(2) in subsection (a), by striking “member of the armed forces who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and” and inserting “member of a qualifying Federal service”;

(3) in subsection (b), by striking “member of the armed forces” and inserting “member of a qualifying Federal service”; and

(4) by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following:

(d) Definitions

In this section, the term “member of a qualifying Federal service” means—

(1) a member of the armed forces (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code) who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code); or

(2) a member of the Foreign Service (as defined in section 103 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (22 U.S.C. 3903)) who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days.

See 2021 Amendment notes below.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 1015d, Pub. L. 89–329, title I, § 135, as added Pub. L. 102–325, title I, § 101, July 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 466, required grant recipients to submit reports, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 105–244.

Amendments

2021—Pub. L. 117–81, § 6206(a)(1), substituted “qualifying Federal service” for “the armed forces on active duty, spouses, and dependent children” in section catchline.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 117–81, § 6206(a)(2), substituted “member of a qualifying Federal service” for “member of the armed forces who is on active duty for a period of more than 30 days and”.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 117–81, § 6206(a)(3), substituted “member of a qualifying Federal service” for “member of the armed forces”.

Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 117–81, § 6206(a)(4), added subsec. (d) and struck out former subsec. (d). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “In this section, the terms ‘armed forces’ and ‘active duty for a period of more than 30 days’ have the meanings given those terms in section 101 of title 10.”

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2021 Amendment

Pub. L. 117–81, div. F, title LXII, § 6206(b), Dec. 27, 2021, 135 Stat. 2392, provided that:

“The amendments made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall take effect at each public institution of higher education in a State that receives assistance under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) for the first period of enrollment at such institution that begins after July 1, 2024.”

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