Act 581 Residency for Tuition Purposes

Louisiana 2012 Legislative Act 581: Residency for tuition purposes for Veterans, National Guard Members and Reservists who are not Louisiana residents

In accordance with the provisions of La. R.S. 17:2137(E), a student who (1) is enrolled in or is applying for enrollment in a Louisiana public college or university and (2) who physically resides in Louisiana for the duration of his enrollment in a state public institution of postsecondary education, (3) who has served in the armed forces of the United States and (4) meets one of the requirements below is entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes without regard to the length of time of residency in the state.

A student must meet at least one of the following conditions to qualify for resident classification for tuition purposes:

  • The student has served on active duty for a continuous period of no less than two years and has received an Honorable Discharge, as verified by a United States of America Department of Defense Form 214, within one year of enrolling in a Louisiana public college or university.

  • The student is currently serving in a Reserve Component of the armed forces of the United States as verified by a memorandum from his or her commanding officer

  • The student has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

If you believe that you qualify for this waiver of the non-resident fee, please complete and submit this form with the necessary supporting documents. Please be aware that you must resubmit this information to invoke the Act at the beginning of each semester.

Please contact or call 225-578-1686 for more information.