UCI Veteran Services Center

Education Benefits

Section 1

How to Apply

There are multiple benefits military-connected students 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, please view the GI Bill® Comparison Tool here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison_tool.asp.

After you've decided which benefit you want to use or qualify for, 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 first-year student, you must have attended the Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP) and have enrolled in classes before the VSC certifies you for VA education benefits. If you are an incoming transfer student, you will need to enroll in classes with an academic advisor from the school of your intended major before the VSC certifies you for VA education benefits.

Deadlines

We are aware that some enrollment windows are not available until after VSC stated deadlines, which will be communicated to students through UCI email. If this is the case, please submit a preliminary Request for Certification (RFC) 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

CalVet College Fee Waiver Program

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

Benefit Detail: The CalVet 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 for California residents. This program does not cover campus-specific fees, the 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 https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/. Students and/or parents are still responsible for all other fees.

For Graduates: For UCI Tuition and Fees, the CalVet Fee Waiver only waives the "Tuition" and the "Student Services Fee" items including the Supplemental Tuition for Professional School programs. Programs listed as "Self-Supporting" are not eligible to use the CalVet Fee Waiver. For a list of these programs, please visit https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/

For Summer Session: Please bring your copy of the CalVet College Fee Waiver to the Summer Session office. You will need to sign up for classes in-person at the Summer Session office. Do not sign up for classes online because the CalVet College 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 County Veteran Services Office.  The VA will approve your CalVet fee waiver without reviewing your California residence as residency requirements are reviewed by the University Registrar.  You must be evaluated as a California resident in order to receive the benefit as determined by the university which has different requirements for California State residency. In addition, UCI will only accept this benefit up to one-year late and will only retroactively reimburse for up to one academic year behind. For example, during the 2019-2020 academic school year, at any point in this academic year, UCI will reimburse for the current academic year and if eligible for the 2018-2019 year, but no academic years further than that.

Required Forms:

Submit your CalVet College Fee Waiver letter to the Veteran Services Center and keep a copy for your records. Only submit the letter you receive from the County Veteran Services Office along with your Student ID number. There are no other forms required if you are only using this benefit. To continue receiving the waiver, this letter needs to be renewed and submitted annually to the Financial Aid Office. The letter is valid for an entire academic year. For example, a letter for 2019-2020 covers the Fall 2019 through the Summer 2020 quarters.

Submit Your CalVet College Fee Waiver Letter

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill®- Active Duty)

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

Qualifications: The MGIB-Active Duty program (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:

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:

  • Authorization Form (provided by your Voc Rehab Counselor and can be uploaded here)
  • Request for Certification (RFC) Form
    • Note: You must submit this form every quarter/semester if you wish to continue receiving your benefits for that term.
    • For graduate students, please have your graduate advisor complete the Academic Advisor Section prior to submitting to our office.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Payments for USHIP/GSHIP are not allowed per VA Policy M28R, Part V, Section A, Chapter 5 Revised November 19, 2015. As a result, student veterans that decide to use USHIP/GSHIP will need to cover this cost through means other than VA education benefits. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to a student veteran's Voc Rehab Counselor. 

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:

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:

Chapter 35 (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program)

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:

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve)

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:

Chapter 1607 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Reserve Educational 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:

“GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/​gibill.”