The Department of Veterans Affairs has just amended its FAR Supplement (VAAR or VA Acquisition Regulations) to revise a few of its own cost principles. These particular cost principles, codified at 48 CFR 831.70000 address cost under vocational rehabilitation and education contracts. The areas covered include:
- Special services or courses
- Books, supplies, and equipment required to be personally owned
- Medical services and hospital care
- Consumable instructional supplies
- Reimbursement for other supplies and services.
So for example, to be allowable, tuition and enrollment fees must meet certain criteria:
- It cannot exceed the tuition charged to similarly circumstanced non-Veteran students.
- It must be equal to the lowest price offered or published for the entire course, semester, quarter, or term
- Costs must be offset by any amount waived by a State or other government authority
- Costs must be offset by any amounts the Veteran student receives from a fellowship, scholarship, grant etc.
If you are in the business of contracting with the VA for educational services, these changes are critical. You can read a summary of the changes here.