Student Veterans-Florida

HB 7015 grants any veteran honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States be classified as an in-state student at a university, state college or community college within the state of Florida.

Florida Veteran Tuition Deferment:
Any veteran or other eligible student is allowed one tuition deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits.
Eligibility: Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, or 35 of Title 38, U.S.C. or Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C., and is attending one of Florida’s public universities, community colleges or vocational schools.

Reduced Tuition for Florida National Guard enlisted prior to June 30, 1997:
Active Florida Guard members are exempt from one-half tuition payment and fees at post-secondary, public educational institutions.
Eligibility: Active Florida National Guard member who enlisted before June 30, 1997.

Reduced Tuition for Florida National Guard enlisted after June 30, 1997:
Payment of full cost of tuition and fees for required courses.
Eligibility: Individuals who enlisted in the Florida National Guard after June 30, 1997.

Florida State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP):
Fifty-percent waiver at any state school or university up to a bachelor’s degree.
Eligibility: Air/Army National Guard member who has less than 15 years of service. The servicemember has 10 years to use benefit from date of eligibility. Waiver can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance. Servicemember has a three-year obligation after completing degree or from last semester waiver was granted. Servicemember is required to sign agreement prior to utilization of the program.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214
St. Petersburg, FL 33744
Phone: (727) 319-7401
Fax: (727) 319-7781

Sources: Student Veterans of America, American Legion