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Education and Training

Department of Defense (DoD) Exemption - Education and Training

A site is exempt from all provisions of the 85/15 rule if it has a Department of Defense exemption. In order to be eligible for a Department of Defense exemption, the program must meet all of the following:

  1. It must be offered under contract with the Department of Defense or the Department of Homeland Security;
  2. It must be on, or immediately adjacent to, a military base or a facility;
  3. The program must be approved by the State Approving Agency of jurisdiction; AND
  4. It must be available only to:
    • Military personnel and their dependents;
    • Military personnel, their dependents and civilian employees of a base located in a State;
    • Persons authorized by the base commander to attend the course provided the base is located outside the United States; or
    • In the case of a program offered on or immediately adjacent to a facility of the National Guard, the Air National Guard or the Selected Reserve, members of the National Guard, Air National Guard, Selected Reserve and their dependents.

Extension campuses located on a military base

If it meets all the requirements listed in 38 CFR 21.4201 and maintains its own administrative capabilities, an extension campus may qualify for a DoD exemption. Extension campuses that are approved under a parent campus (the third character of the facility code is the letter "X") are included under the parent campus for all provisions of the 85/15 rule.

Confirming the Department of Defense (DoD) Exemption

A school interested in confirming that has a Department of Defense exemption must contact its Education Liaison Representative (ELR) of jurisdiction. The Memorandum of Understanding between the school and the Unit, or Base, Commander is typically the only document needed to confirm of this exemption. You will receive written confirmation of the DoD exemption from VA for your records.

Additional 85/15 Webpages
85/15 FAQs Full-Time Equivalency Suspension and Review
Restricted Aid Supported and Non-Supported Students Reporting Requirements
35 Percent Exemption The 85/15 Rule Education Service Waiver