The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible.
The veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an "election" statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the VA rated the veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the child's 21st birthday.
The child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or died of service-related causes is eligible. The child's annual income, which includes the child's adjusted gross income, plus the value of support provided by a parent, may not exceed the annual income limit. The current academic year entitlement is based upon the previous calendar year's annual income. Under Plan B, wartime service is not required and there are no specific age requirements. Children are the only dependents eligible under this plan. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.
Any dependent of any member of the California National Guard, who in the line of duty while on active service to the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in active service to the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the service to the state is eligible. Surviving spouses or RDPs who have not remarried are also eligible.
"Active service to the state," for the purpose of this benefit, means a member of the California National Guard activated pursuant to Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code. A copy of those orders pursuant to Section 146, not Section 143, must be furnished to establish eligibility.
Medal of Honor recipients and children of Medal of Honor recipients under the age of 27 may qualify. Benefits under Plan D are limited to undergraduate studies only, and applicants are subject to both income and age restrictions. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.
All applicants must meet California residency requirements.
For ALL plans, adoptions and step children status must have occurred prior to the child's 18th Birthday.
If eligibility criteria is met, use of the College Fee Waiver for Veterans Dependents may be applied to state-support programs in the CCC, CSU, and UC systems. Some academic programs at these institutions that are considered self-supported, commonly referred to as extension courses or extended education are not required to apply the College Fee Waiver because these courses, degrees, and certificates are neither funded by the state nor are they system-wide programs. Veterans dependents using this waiver should research their academic programs thoroughly before applying to the college or university.
How to Apply
Please use the College Fee Waiver Calculator to verify eligibility.
To apply download an application, than go to your local County Veterans Service Office. For more information, you can also contact the admissions office or the Veterans Affairs office of any California college system campus.
This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. To be eligible, the student must:
Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0% or more disabled); or
Have a spouse who is service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled.
Be a child earning less than $12,316 for academic year 2015/2016 (student’s income, not parents’).
Be a child earning less than $12,331 for academic year 2016/2017 (student’s income, not parents’).
There is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C disabled veterans. Specific age requirements must be met for an otherwise eligible child.
Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school.
The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school Provide proof of the student’s relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.
To obtain complete eligibility requirements or assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office or your school's veterans office.
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