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Veterans Benefits


As an active military service member, veteran or dependent of someone who has served our country, you may be entitled to certain educational benefits and/or qualify for financial aid or other types of funding to make your college education affordable.

Step 1: Knowing your educational benefits

Cal Poly Pomona students eligible for Department of Defense or veteran benefits may seek consultation and approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) directly. Information regarding benefits, including benefit comparisons and applications, is available on the GI Bill® website. You may also call the VA Education Assistance hotline at 1-888-442-4551. Once you understand which benefit you qualify for and receive a notice of eligibility from the VA, visit the school certifying officials in the Registrar’s Office for assistance with establishing your educational benefits at Cal Poly Pomona.

Educational “chapter” benefits defined 

Veteran educational benefits are broadly defined by when and how long you, your spouse or a parent (if you are a dependent) served in the armed forces. For a complete list of veteran educational benefits, refer to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Other VA benefits

Fee waiver

The California College Fee Waiver (CFW) program benefits the spouse and children of U.S. veterans who are California residents. Qualified students may have their college state fees waived if they attend a California community college, California State University, or University of California campus. Applications for this program are submitted to your local county Veterans Services Office.

The fee waivers are processed directly through Student Accounts. Once approved, your waiver eligibility forms should be faxed directly to Student Accounts at (909) 869-5354. Questions regarding the waiver may be directed to Student Accounting & Cashiering Services at (909)869-2010 or sacs3rd@cpp.edu.

Tuition assistance

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has provided each service the ability to pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. Please consult your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service branch prior to enrolling at Cal Poly Pomona for further information regarding Tuition Assistance (TA). This funding is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. For more information, visit www.military.com.

Veteran work study

If you are a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree program or a vocational or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance. The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training under one of the VA benefit programs: GI Bill®, Vocational Rehabilitation (for Veterans), VEAP, DEA. Dependents may also be eligible. Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Tutorial assistance

The Tutorial Assistance Program is available if you receive VA educational assistance at a half-time rate or more and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions please contact this program toll-free, (888) 442-4551.

Residency

CSU undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the U.S. armed forces stationed in California on active duty are entitled to California resident classification for the purpose of determining the amount of tuition and fees. (This is not available to members of the armed forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education.) Undergraduates are eligible as long as they are stationed in California as an active member of the military; active duty graduate students are entitled to resident reclassification for a maximum of two years.

For more information, you may visit Residency or complete a CSU Residence Reclassification Request Form(PDF).

Waiver of Non-Resident Fees for Veterans and Military Service Members

A waiver of non-resident fees may apply to you for the following reasons:

  1. A Veteran using Post-9/11 GI Bill® or Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

More information is available at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Waiver of Non-Resident Fees for Dependents

A waiver of non-resident fees may apply to you for the following reasons:

  1. A spouse or child using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

  2. A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

More information is available at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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