UCI Veteran Services Center


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California Veterans Fee Waiver

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.

Military/Veteran Exemptions from Non-Resident Tuition

At UCI, the following categories of students may be entitled to an exemption from nonresident tuition: members of the U.S. military stationed in California on active duty and their spouses and dependent children or surviving dependents of California residents killed in the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks.

For other exemptions from nonresident tuition that may apply to you visit the Registrars website at: http://reg.uci.edu/residency/classification.html. The Statement for Legal Residence is found here: http://reg.uci.edu/residency/downloads/slr.pdf.

For those using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VACA Act, known as the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, or also known as the Choice Act allows for some students to qualify for non-resident tuition exemptions. 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 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.

All questions related to determining your residency and eligiblity for a waiver should be directed to the Residency Deputy in the Registars Office at regres@uci.edu or (949)824-6124.