Know Your Benefits

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 30: MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - ACTIVE DUTY

Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty provides education benefits to veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty.  Benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the veteran or service member.  Current payment rates are available online.

Student Actions:

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for tuition and fee charges

CHAPTER 31: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT

Through the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable employment.  Benefits vary and depends on vocational plan with VR&E counselor.

Student Actions:

  • An updated authorization must be submitted by the VR&E counselor for processing.
  • Submit a Certification Request FormPDF File  every semester to utilize benefits after completing initial paperwork and whenever you make changes to your enrollment/schedule.
  • Once certification is completed, student will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) with instructions on how to purchase books, supplies, and/or parking permits from CSUF for the approved semester. This email will be sent out No Earlier than 2-Weeks prior to the start of the term.

Important Notes:

  • Student will receive a "no enrollment cancellation" hold on their accounts to prevent courses from cancellation due to nonpayment and defer payments to VR&E with a valid authorization form
  • Books, supplies, and/or parking permits cannot be purchased until certification is complete

CHAPTER 33: POST-9/11 GI BILL®

Post-9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for service members and veterans who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.  Eligibility and benefits depend upon service; must have a minimum of 90 aggregate days of active duty service to qualify.  Service member or veteran will receive tuition and fee payment to school based on percentage eligibility, monthly housing allowance, and annual books and supplies stipend not to exceed $1,000.00 per year.

Student Actions:

  • Submit a Certification Request FormPDF File  every semester to utilize benefits after completing initial paperwork and whenever you make changes to your enrollment/schedule.

Important Notes:

  • Student will receive a "no enrollment cancellation" hold on their accounts to prevent courses from cancellation due to nonpayment and defer payments to VA with a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

CHAPTER 33: POST-9/11 GI BILL® TRANSFER OF ENTITLEMENT

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows service members to transfer benefits to their spouse or dependent children.  The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not benefits can be transferred to family members.  Family member will receive tuition and fee payment to school based on percentage eligibility, monthly housing allowance, and annual books and supplies stipend not to exceed $1,000.00 per year.

Student Actions:

  • Submit a Certification Request FormPDF File  every semester to utilize benefits after completing initial paperwork and whenever you make changes to your enrollment/schedule.

Important Notes:

  • Student will receive a "no enrollment cancellation" hold on their accounts to prevent courses from cancellation due to nonpayment and defer payments to VAwith a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

CHAPTER 35: SURVIVORS' AND DEPENDENTS' EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE (DEA)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.  Benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the family member.  Current payment rates are available online.

Student Actions:

  • Submit a Certification Request FormPDF File  every semester to utilize benefits after completing initial paperwork and whenever you make changes to your enrollment/schedule.

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for tuition and fee charges

CHAPTER 1606: MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - SELECTED RESERVE

Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve.  Benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the eligible reservist.  Current payment rates are available online.

Student Actions:

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for tuition and fee charges
  • Student cannot use Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 benefits for the same courses

CALVET FEE WAIVER

CalVet Fee Waiver (also known as College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents) waives mandatory system-wide tuition at CSUF for eligible dependents of veterans.  All applicants must meet California residency requirements to receive benefits.

Student Actions:

  • Submit the CalVet Fee Waiver award letter to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) for processing for the approved academic year

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for campus-based fees and other fees not covered by the CalVet Fee Waiver
  • CalVet Fee Waiver can only be used for state-supported programs; it cannot be used for programs and courses administered under Extension and International Programs (EIP)

TUITION ASSISTANCE

Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid up to 100% for the tuition expenses to eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions.  Funding is paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

Student Actions:

  • Submit the Tuition Assistance Authorization Form from your unit along with the Tuition Assistance Authorization FormPDF File  cover sheet to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) for processing for the approved term

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for tuition and fee charges
  • Student cannot use Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 benefits for the same courses

PRIORITY REGISTRATION

CSUF matriculated students who are military veterans, reservists, and active duty service members are eligible for priority registration of classes during their academic careers. Military-connected family members using VA Chapter 33 or Chapter 35 Benefits are also eligible for priority registration.

Eligible students will receive notifications when priority registration appointment windows have been assigned.  Please note, new incoming students are not guaranteed priority registration on their first semester at CSUF.due to admissions timelines.

Student Actions:

  • Submit DD 214 - Member 4 Copy, DD 2384 - Notice of Basic Eligibility, current enlistment contract or Certificate of Eligibility (family members) to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) for processing.

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for tuition and fee charges, if not using Chapter 31 or 33 benefits.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENCY CLASSIFICATION

California Residency

If you have not been living in California for at least one year, you may have to pay the additional tuition costs for non-residents.  For more information about residency, visit CSU's California Residency for Tuition Purposes website.

Non-Resident Tuition Fee Exemption for Veterans & Dependents - Active Duty

You may be qualified to receive a waiver of non-resident fees if:

  • You are a service member stationed in California on active duty,
  • You are a service member who served in California for over a year, or
  • You are a spouse or child of a service member stationed in California on active duty.

To apply for California residency status, complete the following documents and return to Admissions in Langsdorf Hall (LH) Room 114:

Non-Resident Tuition Fee Exemption for Veterans & Dependents - Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Section 702)

If you are a non-resident veteran or family member using benefits, you may be eligibile for a non-resident tuition fee exemption through  Section 702 of Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.   You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • Veteran using Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® or Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill® who lives in California and enrolls in CSUF within three (3) years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Spouse or child using transferred benefits (Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement) who lives in California and enrolls in CSUF within three (3) years of transferor's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in California and enrolls in CSUF within three (3) years of service member's death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

To apply for the non-resident tuition fee exemption, complete the following documents and return to Admissions in Langsdorf Hall (LH) Room 114: