Please note: CalVet Fee Waiver is not eligible to be used on Extended Learning programs.
Veterans and dependents are required to turn in a copy of their DD-214*, their Certificate of Eligibility (COE), and a Student Responsibility Agreement (SRA) to the MVSO office located at Cougar Central in order for your education benefits to be processed.
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The GI-Bill provides tuition and fees, book stipend (up to $1,000 per year) and a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) based on number of units enrolled .
Vocational Rehabilitation and employment sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program, provides services to eligible servicemembers and veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment or achieve independence in daily living.
For more information on the vocational rehabilitation program, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs VR&E webpage.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a program that is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. TA can lessen your financial concerns about attending college since the program now pays up to 100% of tuition expenses for semester hours costing $250 or less, not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year.
Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on-installation, off-installation or by distance learning. An accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education must accredit the institution. Your service branch pays your tuition directly to the school. Service members need to first check with an education counselor for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office or by going online to a virtual education center. Tuition assistance may be used for the following programs:
Tuition Assistance Eligibility
All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members' personal and professional goals. The program is open to officers, warrant officers and enlisted active duty service personnel. In addition, members of the National Guard and Reserve Components may be eligible for TA based on their service eligibility. To be eligible for TA, an enlisted service member must have enough time remaining in service to complete the course for which he or she has applied. After the completion of a course, an officer using TA must fulfill a service obligation that runs parallel with - not in addition to - any existing service obligation.
Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. To find out how to get started, visit your local installation’s education center, go online to a virtual education center or click on the following links for each service branch:
Prior to course enrollment, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete TA orientation. Your service branch's education department must approve your military tuition assistance before you enroll in a course. Below are some additional links to the education departments of local military installations:
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
CSUSM Extended Learning offers education programs that will assist you in preparing for your future! Our courses will provide you with education in preparation for in-demand portable careers such as healthcare, web design, hospitality, and business. Most certificate programs can be completed within a 12 month or less timeframe and many courses are available online.
Who is eligible for MyCAA? Spouses of active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or National Guard/ARG service members in paygrades E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2.
If you are a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA Work Study allowance.
Who is eligible?
The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training on a full-time or ¾ time basis under the following programs:
Students using CalVet are not eligible to use the VA work-study program.
What type of work should I expect?
Services you perform under a VA work-study program must be related to VA work. Examples of acceptable work include the following. View a VA Work Study Job Description.
Funds paid to the VA Work Study are non-tax reportable. These funds are treated the same as BAH. Pay is based on the highest between state minimum wage and federal minimum wage, current California minimum wage is $12.00 per hour.