Veterans Certification Dependent's/Purple Heart Tuition Waiver


Students must be admitted to a degree program at an Oregon University System campus.


In order to be eligible, students must meet one of two sets of criteria:

  1. The student must be a child (includes adopted child or stepchild) of a Purple Heart recipient, alive or deceased, who was relieved or discharged from service in the Armed Forces of the United States with either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions and was awarded the Purple Heart in 2001 or thereafter for wounds received in combat; OR
  2. The child (includes adopted child or stepchild), spouse, or unremarried surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who:
    1. Died while on active duty, or
    2. Died as a result of a military service-connected disability, or
    3. Is 100% disabled as the result of a military service-connected disability as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. An eligible child must be 23 years of age or younger at the time the child applies for the waiver.

Degree Choice

A child who is older than 23 years of age is eligible for a waiver for a master’s degree program if the child: 1) applied for and received a waiver for a baccalaureate degree when the child was 23 years of age or younger; and 2) applied for a master’s program waiver within 12 months of receiving a baccalaureate degree.


The student must meet Oregon residency requirements as stipulated with OAR 580-010-0030 through 580-010-0045.

Award Amount

The maximum waiver granted under this remission program shall be: 1) The total number of attempted credit hours equal to four years of full-time attendance for a baccalaureate degree, and 2) the total number of attempted credit hours equal to two years of full-time attendance for a master’s degree.
1) The waiver may not exceed the total number of credit hours the qualified student needs to graduate with a baccalaureate or a master’s degree. Transferred credit hours accepted for a degree program may or may not count toward the total credit hours needed for degree completion. 2) The amount of tuition waived may be reduced by the amount of any federal aid scholarships or grants, awards from the Oregon Opportunity Grant program established under ORS 348.205, or any other aid from the eligible post-secondary institution, received by the qualified student. 3) This benefit may not apply to previously completed terms (waiver is not retroactive).

Other Details

The application form is due to the Veterans Certifying Official no later than 14 days before the applying term. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Please return this form to:
Veterans Certification Office
Fariborz Maseeh Hall
1855 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 725-8380