UCI Veteran Services Center

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Request for Certification (RFC)

The Request for Certification (RFC) Annual Form needs to be submitted to the VSC once per academic year to begin processing of Chapter 31, 33, 35, or 1606 education benefits. Although the request is submitted once per academic year, after a student is certified for each term, they will still have to report any changes in their course workload, such as unit increases or decreases, or changes in USHIP/GSHIP health insurance waivers, to the VSC at veteran@uci.edu so that we can record and file. 

Graduate Students, please make sure to provide your academic advisor’s contact information on the RFC submission page. An RFC submitted without a graduate advisor’s information will be rejected. The academic advisor information will be used to confirm course dates and enrollment requirements on a personalized Graduate Advisor Form. UCI School of Law students are required to use their UCI email address ending in "@uci.edu" and not their "@lawnet.uci.edu" email address. Please use the UCI Directory to identify your official UCI email. 

*Note: CalVet College Fee Waiver recipients DO NOT need to submit a Request for Certification unless you are also using Chapter 33 or 35 benefits. If so, please submit both your RFC and upload your letter (see instructions below).

Request for Certification (RFC) Annual Form

Once your enrollment is certified for a term, you will receive an email from VA-ONCE@vba.va.gov confirming that your enrollment has been certified for a given term. Your ZotAccount (student billing portal) will not be updated right away. If applicable, your account should be updated with any applicable VA awards around the first fee deadline. Find your fee deadlines for the 2022-2023 academic year here: https://www.reg.uci.edu/navigation/calendars.html. Please take a look at our FAQ’s page for commonly asked questions.

If you would like to submit an RFC for terms prior to the 2021-2022 Annual Form, please see the "Other" section at the bottom of our FAQs webpage for instructions to process the form. 

Submit Your Forms 

Please use the below link to upload a Certificate of Eligibility, Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of BenefitsDeclaration of New Major/Program FormAuthorization Form, or Statement of Service (active duty, reservists, National Guard) or any other important documents. Please do not upload a DD-214 for yourself or a veteran, these documents are immediately rejected by our system.

Uploading a Service Benefit Verification or Statement of Service letter is only required if you are NOT using VA education benefits. We use this letter to verify your military status and determine Priority Registration and Housing Guarantee campus benefits.

The Change of Major/Program Form above may also be used to add a minor to your student record. VA educational benefits, such as Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®), will only support courses that are earned towards your declared degree program. Having a record of any changes to a declared major will prevent discrepancies that may negatively impact your financial aid.

For information on education benefits you may be eligible for, please visit our Accepted Educational Benefits web page by following the link here.

CalVet College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents

The CalVet College Fee Waiver Application needs to be submitted to your County Veterans Services Office prior to the start of the academic year. Once you receive your approval letter, please upload a copy to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) secure website (instructions below) beginning July 1, 2022. Please note that you only need to submit the letter once an academic year. 

  • FAFSA Filers: Please follow this link for instructions on how to upload your 2022-23 CalVet College Fee Waiver letter beginning July 1, 2022.
  • Non-FAFSA Filers: If you did not submit a 2022-23 FAFSA, you must fax your CalVet College Fee Waiver Letter to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) at (949) 824-4876.
  • Direct all questions regarding your waiver to the OFAS at fafiscal@uci.edu

Please note that the CalVet College Fee Waiver is a state education benefit. As a result, it waives "Tuition" and the "Student Services Fee" only. Please refer to the chart of fees for the current academic year at https://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/ to review these covered benefits and how much you may still owe before the payment fee deadline. Students are still responsible to pay for all other fees and charges, including lab fees or technology fees incurred during the term. 

For information on education benefits you may be eligible for, please visit our Accepted Educational Benefits web page by following the link here.