Benefits Certification for Family Members

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the   official U.S. government website.

CHAPTER BENEFITS

To access your VA education benefits:
  1. Determine your eligibility and apply for VA education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

    NOTE:  If you are a family member applying for Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement, transferors (servicemember or veteran) use the Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) website to transfer, change, and/or revoke a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) request.  Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA.
  2. After processing, VA will provide you with   Certificate of Eligibility (COE)   or other documentation detailing your eligibility for benefits.
  3. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)   to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC).  VRC staff will provide you with an intake packet to complete your VA benefits file.  You may complete the packet prior to visiting the VRC by downloading the applicable packet from the forms section of our site.
  4. Register for classes on your enrollment date as listed on your Student Center. Priority registration will be assigned for students actively using VA Chapter Benefits and will be reflected on Student Center.
  5. Submit a   Certification Request FormPDF File  to process your benefits every semester.
  6. NOTE: You must submit a new Certification Request Form whenever you revise your class schedule or make changes to your enrollment.
  7. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the payment deadline.

    NOTE :    Active Chapter 33 students will receive a "no enrollment cancellation" hold to prevent cancellation of courses due to nonpayment. This hold is processed upon receipt of the Certification Request Form for the applicable term..
  8. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!

CALVET FEE WAIVER

To access your CalVet Fee Waiver (College Fee Waiver):
  1. Find your local County Veterans Services Office   (CVSO) to apply for the CalVet Fee WaiverPDF File  each academic year you plan to use the program.  Only the CVSO can approve your eligibility for the CalVet Fee Waiver.

    NOTE:  All applicants must meet California residency requirements.
  2. After the approval, you will receive an award letter stating your eligibility for the CalVet Fee Waiver for the academic year.  The approved academic year will be stated on the top of your award letter (e.g. Academic Year 2019-2020).

    NOTE: The CalVet Fee Waiver runs from Fall semester through the Summer term of the following year.  The CalVet Fee Waiver will only waive state-supported courses and programs.  Intersession and most Summer classes are not state-supported.
  3. Submit your CalVet Fee Waiver letter to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) to apply your fee waiver to your student account at least 2-3 business days prior to your registration.

    Review the CalVet Fee Waiver information sheetPDF File  to understand how to use the fee waiver during the academic year.
  4. Register for classes on your enrollment date as listed on your Student Center.
  5. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the   payment deadline.

    NOTE:  The CalVet Fee Waiver waives the mandatory systemwide tuition only (listed as "Undergrad Tuition Fee" on your student portal).  It is your responsiblity to pay for the campus-based fees and other fees not covered by the CalVet Fee Waiver before the payment deadline to prevent cancellation of courses due to nonpayment.
  6. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!