Veterans who qualify for educational benefits as disabled veterans may be entitled to special education benefits. Veterans should visit the Veterans Administration Regional Office to determine their eligibility for disabled status.
VA Administration Regional Office
8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
Contact # (800)827-1000
Chapter 35 benefits are provided to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. If you think you may qualify for this benefit, contact the Veterans Affairs office.
County Veterans Service Officers are authorized to administer the College Fee Waiver Program for Veterans' Dependents. Considering the fees at California's universities and colleges, this program is a valuable benefit to our veterans and their families.
The waiver of fees applies to California State Universities (CSU), University of California campuses (UC), and California community colleges only. Benefits are awarded on an "academic year" basis, and students are required to reapply each year. You MUST be a California Resident in order to qualify for this benefit.
The Cal Vet Fee Waiver covers Tuition fees ONLY. All other mandatory fees are assumed by the student (Health fees, student representation fees, etc.). Failure to pay these mandatory fees may result in a drop from registered classes for nonpayment. The fee waiver DOES NOT cover books or supplies. It is advised that all students apply for Financial aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
For information regarding income limitations and to access an application, visit http://www.cdva.ca.gov/vetservice/waivers.aspx.
*If you DID NOT FILE Federal Income taxes or you DO NOT have a copy of your taxes, you will need to obtain a statement from the following address. You must PHYSICALLY VISIT THE OFFICE IN PERSON & provide a proper Form of Identification (AFTER APRIL 15):
San Diego Field Office, Ste. #201
7575 Metropolitan Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
The application and all necessary documentation must be sent/faxed/hand delivered to the following address:
County Veterans Service Office
5560 Overland Ave., #310
San Diego, CA 92123
Telephone: (858) 694-3222
Fax: (858) 505-6961
Hours: Monday-Friday 8–4
Once an award letter is received, students must bring it to the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE (B-205) in order to get it inputted into the system to cover tuition. If you pay for tuition and process the Cal Vet application afterwards, you may request a refund for tuition in the Accounting office AFTER you have submitted a copy of your award letter to the Financial Aid office.