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Tuition Waivers

If you are a recipient of the Purple Heart or the Combat Decoration Superior in Precedence, and a Florida resident at the time you entered and separated from the service -- as stated on the DD214 and an undergraduate student -- you may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver. The Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence include:

  • Purple Heart
  • Bronze Star (must be "V" designation or device)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Legion of Merit (must be "V" designation or device
  • Silver Star
  • Air Force Cross
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Medal of Honor

What is the “V” designation on some combat decorations?

To be considered a “combat decoration superior in precedence to the Purple Heart,” the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit must include the “V” designation or device. Only these specific Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence, which must be present on the DD214, are eligible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Veteran and Military Affairs office for further clarification.

1009.27 Deferral of Fees 

Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under chapter 30, chapter 31, chapter 33, or chapter 35 of Title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 106 of Title 10, U.S.C., is entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits.

State Scholarships

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members 

The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV) provides scholarships for dependent children or un-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100 percent permanent and total disabilities. CSDDV also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service. Ready to apply for scholarships?

Tillman Military Scholars Program

The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their families by removing financial barriers to completing a degree or certification program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and childcare. The application opens annually each spring and a new class of Tillman Military Scholars is announced each June.

VA Forms

Please visit the VA website to download and print the forms below.

VA Form #

Description of Form


Request for Change of VA Education Program or
Place of Training


Request for Change of VA Education Program
or Place of Training (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)


Application for Work-Study Allowance

Request for Enrollment Certification Form (FIU FORM)
Tuition Deposit Waiver (FIU FORM)
Concurrent Enrollment Form (FIU FORM)

Call to Active Duty

Special for students called to active military duty

Cancellation policy
Under current University policy, if you are serving in Reserve or National Guard units and are involuntarily called to active military duty you may be able to withdraw from classes with a full refund of tuition. If you are a financial aid recipient, you will be subject to refund policies as provided for by the aid program sponsors. In most circumstances you want to ask your instructors about incompletes for coursework, as an alternative to canceling, if you are receiving financial aid.