UCI Veteran Services Center

Education Benefits

Section 1

How to Apply

There are multiple benefits veterans and their dependents may use to further their education and career goals by assisting with covering tuition costs, training, housing, and other related expenses. Before you apply, be sure to understand the different benefits you may be eligible for and which benefit(s) you'd like to use. To compare the different educational benefits and determine which one is best for you, you can use the GI Bill Comparison Tool, found here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp.

After you've decided which benefit you want to use or qualify for, you can apply online here: http://www.vets.gov/education/apply/.

Note: It may take six (6) to eight (8) weeks for the VA to process your application

Using Your Benefits at UCI

Requirements

Applicants must be admitted and enrolled at UCI. If you are an incoming freshman, you must have attended the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) and have enrolled in classes before you can register with our office. If you are an incoming transfer student, you will need to enroll in classes on your own or with an academic counselor from the school of your intended major before registering with our office.

Deadlines

For Post 9/11 GI Bill students, please submit your paperwork by the 1st of the month or two weeks before the quarter's fee deadline. This is to ensure that you do not get dropped from your courses after the fee deadline. Receiving late paperwork will delay your educational benefits.

2017 - 2018 Fee Deadlines:

    • Fall 2017: Fees are due by September 15, 2017. Submit your paperwork to the VSC no later than September 1, 2017.
    • Winter 2018: Fees are due by December 15, 2017. Submit your paperwork to the VSC no later than December 1, 2017.
    • Spring 2018: Fees are due by March 15, 2018, Submit your paperwork to the VSC no later than March 1, 2018.

We are aware that some enrollment windows open after the 1st of the month. If this is the case, please submit a preliminary quarterly enrollment certification form of the courses you plan to take. After you have officially enrolled, send us a confirmation email us at veteran@uci.edu to confirm your final schedule.

Accepted Educational Benefits

California Veterans Fee Waiver Program (Dependents Of Veterans with a Service Connected Disability)

Website: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/vetservices/pages/college-fee-waiver.aspx

Benefit Detail: The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover campus specific fees, expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. 

For Undergraduates: For UCI Tuition and Fees, 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.

For Graduates: Programs listed as "Self-Supporting" are not eligible to use the CalVet Fee Waiver. For a list of these programs, please visit http://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/2017-2018/. 

For Summer School: 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.

Apply: To apply for this benefit, you can use the College Fee Waiver Calculator. Then, download the application (fillable) and submit it to your local County VA Office.

Required Forms:

Only submit the confirmation letter you receive from the county VA Office along with your Student ID number. There are no other forms required if you are only using the CalVet college fee waiver. To continue receiving the tuition fee waiver, this letter needs to be renewed and submitted annually. The letter is good for an enitre academic year. For example, a letter for 2017-2018 covers Fall 2017 through Summer 2018 quarters.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp

Qualifications: The MGIB-AD program—often known as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to Veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty. Chapter 30 may be used for a variety of programs and you may receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

Apply: Apply by filling out VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits) at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Copy of Active-Duty orders
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | Fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp

Benefit Detail: Service members expecting a discharge that is other than dishonorable who possess a VA memorandum or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20 percent or more—as well as service members currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board—may be eligible to receive VR&E services. VR&E services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. 

Apply: Apply by filling out VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits) at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Form 28-1905 (Provided by your Voc Rehab Counselor)
  • Member-4 copy of DD-214
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
    • For Graduate students, please have your graduate advisor complete the Graduate Advisor Section prior to submitting to our office.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Qualifications: To qualify for chapter 33, you must have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001 or 30 days if you were discharged with a service connected disability. You may be on active duty, or be an honorably discharged Veteran.

Benefit Detail: The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Benefits may include a monthly housing allowance, an annual books and supplies stipend, and a one-time rural benefit payment.

Apply: Apply by filling out VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits) at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Member-4 copy of DD-214
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
    • For Graduate students, please have your graduate advisor complete the Graduate Advisor Section prior to submitting to our office.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill - Transfer of Entitlement or Fry Scholarship)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

Benefit Detail: The option to transfer this education benefit is open to any member of the armed forces active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and meets the necessary criteria. The transferability option allows service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.

***For Out-of-State Students inquiring about In-State Tuition, please visit Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014 and contact our office.

Apply: In order to transfer unused benefits to a spouse or dependent, sponsors must fill out a Transfer of Education Benefit request form. After the transfer is approved, dependents must complete an application for benefits as well (Form 22-1990E) at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
    • For Graduate students, please give this form to your Graduate Advisor prior to submitting to our office.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.

Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/dea.asp

Qualification: The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. 

Apply: To apply, complete VA Form 22-5490, Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits, at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
    • The VA Case/File Number needs to be the Sponsor's SSN in order to process the certification, we cannot process without it.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Reservists)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

Benefit Detail: MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

Apply: To apply, obtain the DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility from your unit  when you become eligible for the program. Then complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Education Benefits) at http://www.vets.gov/.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.

Chapter 1607 (Montgomery GI Bill - Reserve Education Assistance Program)

Website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

Qualification: REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

Benefit Detail: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. This change affects beneficiaries differently, please refer to the VA website for more information.

Required Forms:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (received in the mail from the VA after processing application for benefits)
  • Quarterly Certification Form (PDF | fillable)
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that quarter.
  • Veteran Intake Form (PDF | fillable)
    • SSN is required to process your enrollment certification with the VA.