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Find out if you qualify for a tuition waiver

Tuition Waivers May Be Available

If you're over 65, a disabled veteran or a dependent of a fallen or disabled service member, you may receive a waiver.

Chemeketa Tuition Waiver Information

The cost of tuition may be offset if you qualify for a waiver. Chemeketa offers several different waivers you may be eligible to apply for.

Waivers Chemeketa Offers

  • 65+ Waiver
    What This Waiver Covers
    • The course must be a lower-division collegiate credit course (100 or 200 level course- e.g. ART 101, SPN 111, WR 227, etc. click here for a list of course eligibility)
    • Course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrollment
    • If you do not meet the prerequisite requirement at Chemeketa and wish to enroll in the course you must receive an additional electronic override from the instructor or an advisor
    • An approved tuition waiver will cover the cost of 8 credits each term
    • You must still pay course fees
    Requirements
    • Be an Oregon resident
    • Be 65 or older at the beginning of the term the course is offered
    • Space must be available in the course as determined by the instructor and the department
    Apply
    • Apply online for admission to the college
    • Complete a 65+ Tuition Waiver and Audit Request form with both instructor and department signature
      • The tuition waiver benefit will not apply unless registration is processed through this form
      • For online courses, instructor consent will be accepted if emailed to the student using a valid Chemeketa email address and then printed and included with the form
    • Submit your completed form between Monday of week 2 and Friday of week 4 of the term to –

      Chemeketa Enrollment Center
      Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 200

      OR any other Chemeketa campus or center front office

    • Photo ID may be requested at the time the completed forms are accepted
    • Pay course fees when you submit the 65+ Tuition Waiver and Audit Request Form
      • Enrollment Services will process the waiver and audit request
      • Business Services will apply the tuition waiver to your account
    Contact Us

    Polk County (Dallas) – Cy Hill, 503.316.3282 or Zelda Emmert503.316.3272

    Online – Kathy Saunders 503.399.7873

    Salem – Mercedes Wingo503.399.6559

    Yamhill Valley – Jonni Whitney503.316.3289 or Michelle Dyer503.472.9482

    Woodburn – Irma Guzman503.316.3255

  • Disabled Veterans Waiver
    What This Waiver Covers
    • This waiver will cover up to two years of full-time attendance or an associate’s degree, whichever comes first
    • It will not cover book, fees or other expenses
    Requirements
    • Be an Oregon resident
    • Be 100% disabled as a result of military service
    Apply
    • Download and complete the tuition waiver application
    • Include adequate documentation with your application, including –
      • Proof of the Veteran's military service (DD Form 214)
      • Documentation of the Veteran's service-connected disability rating as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • You only need to submit a waiver for your first term
      • The college will track registration and waive tuition during subsequent terms
    • Since your financial aid award may be reduced by the use of this waiver, submit your completed waiver and documentation at least a week before to each term's start date to –

      Chemeketa's Veterans Services Office
      Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 200
    Contact Us

    Veterans Services
    Phone: 503.399.5004 
    Fax: 503.399.3908
    Email

  • Dependents of Fallen or Disabled Service Personnel
    What This Waiver Covers
    • This waiver will cover up to two years of full-time attendance or an associate’s degree, whichever comes first
    • It will not cover book, fees or other expenses
    • Once eligibility has been established, the college will apply the waiver either on a first dollar or last dollar basis –
      • If the military member died while on active duty or as a result of a 100% service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Eligible students will receive a first dollar tuition waiver as long as they do not receive the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship
      • All other eligible students shall be granted a waiver as "last dollar" after other financial assistance, including GI Bill benefits and other grant resources
    Requirements
    • Be an Oregon resident
    • Be the spouse or age 23 and under child (including adoptive or step-children) of members of all U.S. Armed Forces branches and Coast Guard who –
      • Died while on active duty
      • Died as a result of a 100% service-connected disability
      • Is rated as 100% disabled by the U.S Department of Veterans' Affairs
      • Died as a result of a service-connected disability certified as less than 100%
    • Spouses must request the waiver within ten years of a formal determination of a 100% service-connected disability or death of the service member
    • Children must initiate the waiver request prior to age 23
    Apply
    • Download and complete the tuition waiver application
    • Include adequate documentation with your application, including –
      • Veteran’s cost of attendance (if applicable)
      • Proof of the Veteran's military service (DD Form 214)
      • Proof of the applicant's dependent status (DD Form 93, marriage or birth certificate)
      • Documentation of the Veteran's service-connected disability rating as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
    • You only need to submit a waiver for your first term
      • The college will track registration and waive tuition during subsequent term
    • Since your financial aid award may be reduced by the use of this waiver, submit your completed waiver and documentation at least a week before to each term's start date to –

      Chemeketa's Veterans Services Office
      Salem Bldg. 2, Rm. 200
    Contact Us

    Veterans Services
    Phone: 503.399.5004 
    Fax: 503.399.3908 
    Email