A change in the Post-9/11 GI Bill law may adversely affect you. You were billed out-of-state tuition during Spring of 2011. During that term and through most of the Summer 2011 term, the DVA will pay for your full tuition under Post-9/11. Yesterday SWC was informed of a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) clarification of the Post-911 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-377). The DVA has informed us that as of 1 August 2011, they will no longer pay more than in-state tuition for public institutions: veterans from that point forward are responsible for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.
What does that mean to you? If you continue on here as a non-resident (out-of-state) student you will continue to be charged $190/unit out-of-state tuition in addition to the regular in-state tuition. However, the DVA will only pay the new $36/unit in-state tuition fee. That means you will be directly responsible to SWC for $190/unit out-of-state tuition. For each three credit course you take with us, you will owe us $570 in tuition beyond what the DVA will pay.
What can you do? You have a number of options depending on your circumstances.
If you have any questions you can visit our website (www.swccd.edu/~vwc) for further information as it develops. While there, please use our FAQ links to access the DVA site and its explanation of the changes in the GI Bill law.