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Cal Vet College Fee Waiver

Email your “Approved” Cal Vet authorization from the County to CSUSM.
Please send this authorization via your campus email and submit to:  calvet@csusm.edu

Sample of Approved Cal Vet Authorization

The College Fee Waiver for Veterans dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees if eligibility criteria are met; use of the Fee Waiver may be applied to state-supported programs only.

Some academic programs at CSUSM are considered self-supported, commonly referred to as extension courses or extended education and are not covered under the Fee Waiver because these courses, degrees, and certificates are neither funded by the state, nor are they system-wide programs. The Cal Vet Waiver does not cover the expense of books, parking, room and board or campus fees.

Both Summer and Winter classes are offered through our Extended Learning program which does not charge system-wide tuition and fees.  Therefore, the Cal Vet Fee Waiver cannot be used for Summer or Winter.

You apply for the Cal Vet Tuition waiver through the county Veterans Service Offices.

San Diego County - How and Where to Apply

Riverside County - How and Where to Apply

Information Needed to Apply

If applying for the first time:

  1. VA letter verifying your 0% or higher service-connected disability.

  2. DVS-40 application completed, signed and dated by Veteran and student.

  3. Student's birth certificate or if spouse, marriage certificate (if student's last name does not match Veteran's last name, proof of dependency must be provided).

  4.  Student income:

If no income - student will need to request an Individual Status Letter from the Franchise Tax Board. The email address and information needed to send with this request can be found at Franchise Tax Board.
The phone number for the Franchise Tax Board is 1-800-852-5711.

*Once Individual Status Letter (non-Filing) is received you may submit application to County Veterans Office.

If student earned income and filed a tax return - copy of 1040 with signature.

If applying 2nd or subsequent year:

  1. DVS-40 application completed, signed and dated by Veteran and student.

  2. Student income:

If no income - student will need to request an Individual Status Letter from the Franchise Tax Board. The email address and information needed to send with this request can be found at Franchise Tax Board.
The phone number for the Franchise Tax Board is 1-800-852-5711.

*Once Individual Status Letter (non-Filing) is received you may submit application to County Veterans Office.

If student earned income and filed a tax return - copy of 1040 with signature.

For more information:

Cal Vet Fee Waiver Requirements

Directory of County Veterans Service Offices

The Cal Vet College Fee Waiver is a State Benefit Not a VA Benefit

Cal Vet - Plan B recipients may also qualify for VA Chapter 35 benefits.

Contact CSUSM Veterans Services Office on campus with questions regarding Federal VA benefits veterans@csusm.edu.

Additional information regarding Federal VA benefits can be found on the VA Website.