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A Summary Washington State’s Education Benefits for Dependents of 100% Disabled Veterans or those who died as a result of military service.

  • The State Legislature requires state community colleges, colleges and universities to waive all undergraduate tuition and fees for eligible dependents of eligible veteran or national guard member up to 200 quarter credits or equivalent semester credits.  
  • Waivers for graduate credits are encouraged but not required.
  • Fees include all assessments for costs incurred as a condition to a student's full participation in coursework and related activities at an institution of higher education.
  • Eligible veteran or national guard member is the same as defined in the below.
  • Eligible dependents are:
    • A child must be a Washington domiciliary between the age of seventeen and twenty-six to be eligible for the tuition waiver. A child's marital status does not affect eligibility.
    • A surviving spouse or surviving domestic partner must be a Washington domiciliary.
      • A surviving spouse or surviving domestic partner has ten years from the date of the death, total disability, or federal determination of prisoner of war or missing in action status of the eligible veteran or national guard member to receive benefits under the waiver. Upon remarriage or registration in a subsequent domestic partnership, the surviving spouse or surviving domestic partner is ineligible for the waiver of all tuition and fees.
      • If a death results from total disability, the surviving spouse has ten years from the date of death in which to receive benefits under the waiver.

Eligible Veteran

An eligible veteran or national guard member is defined as: “…a Washington domiciliary who was an active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces, or a national guard member called to active duty, who served in active federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge.”

To read the tuition waiver law visit:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28B.15.621