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Cal Vet College Fee Waiver

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

Once you receive the approved Cal Vet waiver from the county, submit the waiver to calvet@csusm.edu


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 IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter after the extended tax deadline of May 17th* by calling the Franchise Tax Board 1-800-852-5711 or emailing.  Following is the link with the email address for FTB https://www.ftb.ca.gov/about-ftb/newsroom/tax-news/june-2020/obtaining-an-individual-status-letter.html or calling the IRS 1-800-908-9946.
      *Once letter of 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.
      *May submit application to County Veterans Office after April 16th.

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 IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter after the extended tax deadline of May 17th* by calling the Franchise Tax Board 1-800-852-5711 or the IRS 1-800-908-9946.
*Once letter of 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.
    *May submit application to County Veterans Office after April 16th.

For more information, visit the following links:

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. Below are the eligibility requirements from the VA website. You may also contact the Veterans Services office on campus with questions regarding this benefit veterans@csusm.edu.

VA education benefits for survivors and dependents

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For more information, visit the VA Website
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