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CalVet College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents
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.
- All applicants must meet California residency requirements.
- 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.
- Education Code, Section 66025.3 does not provide the authority to grant College Tuition Fee Waiver benefits retroactively. However, an exception exists relating to applications received under the provisions of Military and Veterans Code Section 890.3(a)(1). The law permits retroactive fee waiver benefits when an application is denied solely due to the fact that the veteran has a claim pending with the USDVA for service connected disability or death benefits, but the claim has yet to be awarded, and in the future the USDVA adjudicates a service connected rating. The veteran or student must have applied for the College Tuition Fee Waiver during each academic year in which they are seeking the benefit; the application will be denied due to no service connected disability. Once the veteran has been awarded service connected disability rating, bring the VA notification letter and denial letter(s) back to the CVSO for review.
- If you are a child of a veteran, you must attach Verification of Dependency. Acceptable verifications include, but are not limited to, a Birth Certificate, Adoption Records or Marriage Certificate. Those seeking status as an Adopted Child or as a Stepchild must have entered into such status prior to the child’s 24th Birthday.
How to Apply
Please use the College Fee Waiver Calculator to verify eligibility.
To apply download an application , then go to your local County Veterans Service Office (Local DMVA office locator). For more information call 1-877-452-8387 (1-877 4LA-VETS) or click here find your local CVSO contact information.