UCI Veteran Services Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Veteran Benefits (Ch. 30, 31, 33, 35)

The VA is requesting the Form 1999 to be signed by a Certifying Official. How do I obtain this?

Our office automatically submits Form 1999 directly to the VA once we have certified your enrollment. There is no need for you to follow up, just make sure to submit the Quarterly Course Enrollment form to us each quarter.

Does my financial aid affect my GI BillĀ® benefits?

The GI Bill® is considered a second payer to certain grants. This means that any grants you receive will be used to cover your tuition before the VA covers the remaining amount, which may reduce the amount covered by the VA but will not reduce any BAH/MHA payments or book stipends.

I've made changes to my schedule but have already submitted my Quarterly Certification Enrollment Form, do I need to notify you?

YES. You won't need to complete a new form, but you will need to send us an email at veteran@uci.edu letting us know which classes were added/dropped and the # of units so that we can update the VA with these changes.

The VA says my tuition hasn't been paid yet, why is that?

When certifying benefits, our office does a process called "double-certification". Initially, we will certify you for $0 tution and fees so that the VA can process the benefits to distribute monthly BAH and book stipends. Once lab or techonology fees have been included in your tution, we will do a 2nd certification to include this amount along with the tution and fees.

The quarter just started, why hasn't my BAH/MHA come yet?

The BAH/MHA works similar to a paycheck. It is awarded after each month is completed. For example, if the student is in school for the month of September, the payment is expected to arrive within the first few days of October.

Why is my BAH/MHA payment less than expected?

The monthly payment is prorated based on the number of days the student is under instruction. For example, in the month of September, if instruction is from September 28-30, the payment is prorated for payment of only those 3 days, which will be less than the full BAH/MHA payment.

What is the VACA Act?

The VACA Act is known as the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, or also known as the Choice Act. Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty at public Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) if the school charges qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate for resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015. Under the VACA act, the out-of-state portion of the tuition is waived. For more information, please visit http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_residentraterequirements.asp.

How do I qualify for the non-resident waiver under the VACA Act?

For veterans, you can qualify for the VACA Act if you are living in the state of the institution regardless of your formal state of residence and are enrolled in school within three years of discharge from service.

For dependents, you can qualify for the VACA Act is you are using transferred benefits, living in the state of the institution regardless of your formal state of residence and are enrolled in school within three years of the sponsors's discharge from service OR if the sponsor is currently in active-duty service. (Effective July 2017)

For more information, please visit, http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_residentraterequirements.asp

What if I qualify for the non-resident waiver under VACAA, but I exhaust my post 9/11 benefits?

If you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill and qualify for the waiver, as long as you are continuously enrolled at the university you can remain eligible for the waiver, even if you have exhausted your post  9/11 benefits.

If you take a break from enrollment, the Registrar's Office will need to reevaluate your eligibility for the waiver upon re-enrollment.

CalVet Fee Waiver

If I have the CalVet Fee Waiver, why does my ZotAccount say I still owe some money? I thought tuition is waived?

The CalVet Fee Waiver is state benefit. This means that it waives tuition and any state-mandayory UC system-wide fees. Fees specific to one campus is not covered through this benefit.

For UCI Tuition and Fees purposes, the CalVet Fee Waiver only waives the "Tuition" and the "Student Services Fee" items, as seen on http://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/2017-2018/undergrad.html.

Students and/or parents are still responsible for all other fees, including lab fees or technology fees incurred during the quarter. 

Can I use CalVet for summer school?

YES. If you do not have a copy of your letter, come by our office to pick up a copy. You will need to sign up for classes in-person at the Summer Session Extension Office. Do not sign up for classes online because the CalVet Fee Wavier needs to be processed manually. Signing up online will require you to pay for your tuition.

Can I use the CalVet Fee Waiver for graduate programs?

Yes, but only some graduate programs will qualify for the Cal Vet Fee Waiver. To view all graduate programs, please visit: http://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/2017-2018/

All programs listed as "Self-Supporting" will not qualify for the CalVet Fee Waiver.

Can I use CalVet for Study Abroad?

Yes, but it can only be used for UCEAP.  It CANNOT be used for Summer Session Travel Study or IOPrograms. Veteran fee waivers apply to the following UCEAP fees: UC student services, tuition, pre-ILP and ILP instructional, and UCEAP participation fees. All other fees will remain your responsibility. Submit a copy of the CalVet College Fee Waiver award letter for the current academic year to the UCEAP Student Finance unit. A separate letter is required for each academic year that you participate in UCEAP.