The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), determines your eligibility for veterans education benefits. The Registrar's Office helps you take full advantage of the programs, services, and benefits. Upon acceptance to UCSC, you will need to contact the VA Certifying Official at the UCSC Registrar's office. On their website, you will find a checklist of instructions for activating your education benefits at UCSC.
Additionally, veterans should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year before March 2nd. Federal veterans educational benefits may be considered a resource in determining financial aid eligibility. Receipt of these benefits may result in a reduction of your Financial Aid.
Below are additional links and resources:
- Types of Veteran Benefits (G.I. Bill)
- Federal Student Aid for Veterans (FAFSA)
- Scholarships for Military Families
- Office of the Registrar Veteran Services
- General Policies for Students Receiving Veterans Benefits
- Community Resources
- UCSC Contacts for Veterans by Department
- Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)
- Veteran FAQs
- Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- UC Office of the President Brochure
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- Disability Resource Center
- Veteran Services in Santa Cruz County
Note: Each student may receive one type of fee-paying grant or benefit. If you are eligible for both a Cal Vet Fee Waiver and another type of fee-paying award such as a Cal Grant, you will be advised to use the Cal Grant to pay your fees and reserve the Cal Vet waiver for use during summer and/or graduate school when you are no longer eligible for the Cal Grant. The Cal Vet Fee Waiver may only be applied to Summer Session fees if you are a continuing UC student.