NAICU Washington Update

VA Publishes State Maximum Tuition and Fee Numbers for 2010-11

September 02, 2010

On August 30, the Department of Veterans Affairs published the state-by-state maximum tuition and fee levels to be used for the calculation of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for the 2010-11 academic year. With a few exceptions, the maximum payment per credit hour increased modestly. There were greater variations in the maximum fee levels.

The tuition and fee caps are set by the State Approving Agencies in each state. They reflect the highest tuition and fee charged to an in-state, undergraduate student at a public college or university in the state.  The caps may reflect the charges for a specific program, so they don't necessarily conform to the tuition and fee numbers published for a standard term at a state's flagship institution, for example.

The wide state-to-state variations, as well as the complexity of the tuition and fee calculations, have fueled current legislative efforts to establish a single national tuition and fee cap of $20,000 annually. (See Washington Update June 3 and August 6 stories.)  Representatives of veteran students groups have cited the move to a single national figure as their number one priority in modifying the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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