The 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.

What does the College Fee Waiver Program for veteran dependents cover at UC Davis?

It waives the tuition and student service fee for undergraduate and graduate students, and the professional degree supplemental tuition for professional school students. For a list of these fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees Schedule. It does not waive the campus-based fees; the student is responsible for these fees. Note: the Cal Vet Fee Waiver does not cover other expenses associated with attending UC Davis such as books, housing and parking.

Can I use the Cal Vet Fee Waiver for Summer or Study Abroad Programs?

The Cal Vet Fee Waiver may only be used for Summer Session and Study Abroad Programs if you are a continuing UC student.

Summer Sessions

The Cal Vet Fee Waiver waives the course fees. It does not waive the campus based fee; the student is responsible for this fee.

Study Abroad

The Cal Vet Fee Waiver waives the course fees  only. Student is responsible for all other program fees.

What programs are not eligible for the College Fee Waiver Program for Veteran Dependents?

Self-Supporting Degree Programs (SSDP) are not eligible to use the Cal Vet Tuition/Fee Waivers.  These programs are not supported with state funds and are not subject to the state law regarding Cal Vet Tuition/Fee Waiver. SSDPs are mid-level graduate professional degree programs that do not receive any state funding support and cannot be subsidized by tuition or fees paid by students in state-supported programs.

University Extension programs or courses are not eligible to use the Cal Vet Tuition/Fee Waivers.  These programs are not supported with state funds and are not subject to the state law regarding Cal Vet Tuition/Fee Waiver.

How do I apply for the College Fee Waiver Program for Veteran Dependents?

Contact your local County Veterans Service Office for more information about the college fee tuition waiver and to download the application.

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Have a parent who is a disabled veteran (0% or more service-conned disabled); or
  • Be a spouse of a service-connected (S/C) deceased or rated 100% S/C disabled veteran.
  • For academic year 2014-2015, be a child earning less than $12,119 (student’s income, not parents) based on the U.S. Census Bureau's National Poverty Level. Note: there is no income limit for a spouse or children of S/C deceased or 100% S/C disabled veterans.
  • Provide proof of the student’s relationship to the veteran such as a copy of a birth or marriage certificate.
  • Attend a California Community College, California State University, or a University of California school.
  • The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school.

To obtain complete eligibility requirements and assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

Letter of Authorization

Once your application has been approved, the County Veterans Services Office will send the authorization letter to the student. Students must send a copy of the authorization letter to the UC Davis Veterans Affairs Office. The fee waiver will be applicable from the beginning of the academic year through the following summer sessions. The student must re-apply for each academic year through the County Veterans Service Office. Note: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the UC Davis VA Office has a current copy of their Letter of Authorization on file.

If I receive a "retroactive" authorization, can I be reimbursed for prior quarters?

Yes, but generally only for the current academic year. Claims for fee exemptions must be presented to the UC Davis Veterans Affairs Office during the academic year for which the claim applies.  The deadline is June 30 to submit the authorization letter for the retroactive claim.

Retroactive approval for academic years prior to the current one can be granted only in situations in which students applied for the Cal Vet Fee Waiver in a timely manner, but approval was delayed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs's processing of the a) original application; b) or a reopened service-connected disability compensation claim; c) or a Dependency and Indemnity Compensation claim. If you are eligible for a retroactive claim under one of these exemptions, the Letter of Authorization from the County Veterans Service Office must be submitted to the UC Davis Veterans Affairs Office as soon as it is received.