West Virginia Veterans' Education Benefits
In-State Tuition Rates for Non-Resident Veterans
All public higher education institutions will assess tuition at the in-state rate for non-resident recipients of the GI Bill®. More information is available in Title 133 Legislative Rule Series 25 or through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Yellow Ribbon G.I. Bill Education Enhancement Program
All public (and some private) institutions of higher education are participants of the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, also known as the “bridging the gap” program. This benefit helps veterans afford programs where costs exceed the amount of funding provided by the GI Bill. More information is available in West Virginia State Code 18B-10-7C or through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
War Orphan Education Program
Students who qualify for the War Orphan Education Program will not be charged tuition and fees by a West Virginia post-secondary education or training institution. Award amounts administered by the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance are to cover costs associated with room, board, books and other living expenses. This amount fluctuates according to the number of applications received each semester. No more than $1,000 will be awarded to a student in any one semester and no more than $2,000 will be awarded to a student in any one year. More information is available in West Virginia State Code 18-19-1.
Medal of Honor & Purple Heart Tuition Waivers
All public institutions of higher education waive tuition and mandatory fee charges for West Virginia residents who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart. More information is available in West Virginia State Code 18B-10-10 or through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
High School Diploma for Veterans
West Virginia veterans who served in WWII, Korea or Vietnam and did not graduate from high school may be awarded a high school diploma. The diploma may be granted by the veteran’s current county of residence or by the county in which the school he/she attended is located. More details are available in West Virginia State Code 18-2-34 or Title 126 Legislative Rule Series 96.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.