Know Your Benefits

Note for all VA Benefits: All monthly housing allowances and stipends are paid on the 1st of the month for the month prior (i.e. on the first of March, you would be paid for February) assuming all paperwork has been submitted to the VRC for a given term. 

CHAPTER 33: POST-9/11 GI BILL®

Post-9/11 GI Bill®Opens in new window  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/supplies stipend not to exceed $1,000.00 per year.

Student Actions:

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 31: VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT

Through the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)Opens in new window  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:

  • Submit a Certification Request FormPDF File Opens in new window  every semester to utilize benefits 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.
  • If this is your first time using benefits, please refer to the VA Chapter Benefits section on the Benefits for Veterans, Service Members & Reservists page for more information on how to get started.

Important Notes:

  • Student will receive a "no enrollment cancellation" hold on their accounts to prevent courses from cancellation due to nonpayment
  • An updated authorization must be submitted by the Voc Rehab counselor via Tungsten Network before a term can be certified.
  • Books, supplies, and/or parking permits cannot be purchased until certification is complete and the email notification is sent out by the Advising Coordinator.

CHAPTER 30: MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - ACTIVE DUTY

Montgomery GI Bill® - Active DutyOpens in new window  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 onlineOpens in new window .

Student Actions:

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fees prior to established payment deadlines.

CHAPTER 1606: MONTGOMERY GI BILL® - SELECTED RESERVE

Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected ReserveOpens in new window  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 onlineOpens in new window .

Student Actions:

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fees prior to established payment deadlines for each term.
  • Student cannot use Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 benefits for the same courses

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

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)Opens in new window  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 Opens in new window  every semester to utilize benefits and whenever you make changes to your course schedule after the initial request.
  • If this is your first time using benefits, please refer to the VA Chapter Benefits Section on the Benefits for Family Members page for more information on how to get started.

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for paying tuition and fee charges prior to established payment deadlines for each term.
  • Chapter 35 recipients (except those under Plan A) can use the Cal Vet Fee Waiver simultaneously.

CALVET FEE WAIVER

CalVet Fee Waiver (also known as the 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:

  1. Apply for the CalVet Fee Waiver at their local California Veterans Service Office. Application can be downloaded from the FORMS section of our website.
  2. Submit the CalVet Fee Waiver award letter to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) for processing for the approved academic year.
  3. Pay remaining fees prior to established payment deadlines for the specific term.

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for campus-based fees and other fees not covered by the CalVet Fee Waiver. For information on campus-based fees, please refer to CSUF Tuition and FeesOpens in new window
  • CalVet Fee Waiver does not cover Winter and only covers Summer for certain programs. Please consult with the Advising Coordinator at the VRC for the list of programs covered by the waiver during the summer.
  • 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)Opens in new window

DoD TUITION ASSISTANCE (current military)

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

Student Actions:

  1. Contact their military unit Education Officer and register in TA portal for their branch (i.e. GoArmyEd, Air Force Virtual Education Center).
  2. Register for courses and request an authorization for each course in the respective TA portal.
  3. Submit the Tuition Assistance Authorization from branch portal along with the completed VRC Tuition Assistance FormPDF File Opens in new window  to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) for processing.
  4. Pay any tuition and fees not covered by the TA authorization

Important Notes:

  • Student is responsible for paying all remaining fees prior to established payment deadlines.
  • Student cannot use Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 benefits for the same courses
  • Student's interested in using Post-9/11 GI Bill and TA simultaneously should consult with the Advising Coordinator at the VRC.

PRIORITY REGISTRATION 

Who is eligible for priority registration?

  • Veterans, reservists, guard, and active duty service members
  • Military-connected family members using VA Chapter 33 or Chapter 35 Benefits. Please note that military family members using only Cal Vet Fee Waiver are not 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.

How do I get priority registration?

  • Veterans/Military: Submit DD 214 - Member 4 Copy, DD 2384 - Notice of Basic Eligibility, current enlistment contract to the VRC.
  • Family Members: Certificate of Eligibility for Chapter 33 or Chapter 35

CALIFORNIA RESIDENCY CLASSIFICATION 

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

Who may be eligible for the Non-Resident Tuition Fee Exemption?

  • Current service member stationed in California on active duty (or served in California for more than one year)
  • Spouse/child of current active duty service member stationed in California
  • Veteran using Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) who lives in California and separated/retired within 3 years (from a period of service of 90 days or more)
  • Spouse or child of a veteran using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement (Chapter 33 TOE) who lives in California and enrolls in CSUF within three (3) years of transferor's separation/retirement (from a period of 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 (from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more).

Additional Information on California Residency and Non-Residency Exemptions:

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

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 2014Opens in new window .   You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

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