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30.H - Tuition Waiver for Dependents of Fallen and Disabled Service Members

Board Policy Code: 30.H
Adopted: 08/08/06
Revised/Readopted: 06/09/09, 04/12/11, 04/10/12

Columbia Gorge Community College will provide a tuition waiver to the spouse and children age 23 and under (including adoptive and step-children) of members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces or United States Coast Guard who:

  • Died while on active duty, or
  • Died as a result of a military service-connected disability, or
  • Are 100% permanently disabled as a result of a military service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.

In addition, the student must be a resident of the Columbia Gorge Community College district at the time of application for a waiver. The spouse of the fallen service member must initiate the request for a waiver within ten years of the determination of death or 100% disability. The spouse will lose eligibility upon remarriage. Dependent children must initiate this benefit prior to age 23.

The tuition waiver is available to students admitted to a certificate or degree program only. This waiver is also limited to 135 college credits or the completion of an Associate degree, whichever comes first. The waiver does not include required fees and may not be applied to community education programs or distance learning programs for recipients residing out of state.

Eligible students will receive a first-dollar tuition waiver if they do not receive the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship and are the survivor of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Coast Guard that died on active duty or died as a result of 100% service-connected disability.

All other eligible students shall be granted in coordination with other student financial assistance (including VA Benefits) for which the recipient may be eligible, utilizing other grant resources before applying this tuition waiver in order to provide a total benefit not to exceed the total estimated cost of attendance. Continuation of this tuition waiver benefit is contingent upon the student meeting the applicable satisfactory academic progress requirements.

To access this waiver, the prospective student will need proof of the death or disability status. Requests for this waiver are to be made to the chief academic and student affairs officer at Columbia Gorge Community College.

Related Administrative Rules and Operating Procedures

  • AR Veteran Services
  • AR Military Leave
    • OP Military Leave