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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.

CSUSM self-supported courses and programs (commonly referred to as extension courses or extended education) are not eligible for the waiver, as those courses, degrees, and certificates are neither funded by the state, nor are they system-wide programs.

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.

The Cal Vet waiver does not cover the expense of books, parking, or room and board.

Student wishing to apply for the Cal Vet Tuition waiver must do so through the county Veterans Service Offices.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic- applications can be emailed to SDCVSO.HHSA@SDCOUNTY.CA.GOV  or faxed to (858) 505-6061

Documents Required When Applying:

If first time applying:

  1. VA letter verifying your 0% or higher service connected disability
  2. DVS-40 application completed and signed by Veteran and student
  3. Students birth certificate, or if spouse, marriage certificate

(if students last name does not match Veterans, proof of dependency must be provided)

  1. Student income:
  • If no income - student will need to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing letter Form 4506-T-EZT*

*May submit application to County Veterans Office after extended tax deadline of July 15th

  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic-County Veterans Office will accept VSD-022 in lieu of Form 4506-T-EZT

*May submit once all other documents are in order

  • If student earned income and filed a tax return-copy of page 1 of 1040 or 1040EZ with AGI and signature

*May submit application to County Veterans Office after April 15th

If applying 2nd or subsequent year:

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

  2.  Student Income-

  • If no income - student will need to request an IRS Verification of Non-filing letter Form 4506-T-EZT

*May submit application to County Veterans Office after extended tax deadline of July 15th

  • If student earned income and filed a tax return-copy of page 1 of 1040 or 1040EZ with AGI and signature

*May submit application to County Veterans Office after April 15th

For more information, visit the following links:

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 is eligibility requirement 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

Am I eligible for education benefits?

You may qualify for VA education benefits (Chapter 35 benefits) if you’re the child or spouse of a service member and one of the below descriptions is true of the service member.

  • One of these must be true. The service member:
  • Died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001
  • Is missing in action or was captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or
  • Was detained (held) by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, o· Is in the hospital or getting otupatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability, and is likely to be discharged for that disabiltiy. A service-connected permanent and total disabiltiy is a disabiltiy resulting from your service that doesn’t go away.

You may qualify for VA education benefits (Chapter 35 benefits) if your’re the child or spouse of a Veteran and one of the below description is true of the Veteran.

One of these must be true. The Veteran:

  • Is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disabiltiy, or
  • Died while on actie duty or as a result of a service-connected disability

If you’re a dependent who doesn’t meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for VA education benefits if the Veteran or service member transferred some or all of their Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement to you while they were on active duty.

For more information, visit the VA Website here.