Veterans Center
Military & Veterans Education Benefits

Step 2: Gather and Submit Necessary Documents

Apply for Your Benefits

Students utilizing the below federal VA education benefits must apply here in order to use them.

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Students wishing to utilize Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must apply here.

To apply for the CalVet Fee Waiver, students must apply through their County Service Office and can obtain more information here.

VA Education Benefit Documents to Submit Before Registering for Classes

Students utilizing Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center in order to have their tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes. If the COE is not provided before payment is due, students may be required to pay their tuition and fees early and will then be reimbursed after payments have been disbursed by the VA to the University. Students submitting their COE, must include their RedID, branch of service (sponsor’s if applicable) (i.e. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and/or National Guard), and date of separation (of sponsor if applicable).

Students utilizing Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must ensure their assigned counselor submits the necessary VA Form 22-1905 to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center in order to have tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes.

Students utilizing Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance, Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, or Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program do NOT have to submit any documentation prior to registering for classes and are required to make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.

Students utilizing the CalVet Fee Waiver must submit their award letter received from their County Service Office to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center in order to have their in-state tuition for the academic year waived. The in-state tuition fee waiver is valid for the fall, spring, and summer terms of one full academic year and must be applied for each year. Students are still required to pay the campus mandatory fees each term. New students who pay their “Intent to Enroll” before submitting their award letter will have that amount paid towards their mandatory fees and the student will then be responsible for the difference. Students submitting the CalVet Fee Waiver award letter must include their RedID and the branch of service of their sponsor (i.e. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and/or National Guard).

Out-of-State Residency Exemptions

Subject to pending or new legislation, non-resident students may have an additional fee which is NOT covered by VA education benefits. Residency determination is made by the SDSU Office of Admissions and is NOT determined by the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center. Based on certain circumstances, military connected students may qualify for an exemption of these additional fees.

Students utilizing Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill or Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill may qualify for the exemption provided:

  • the veteran using the benefit or who transferred the benefit to a dependent spouse or child separated from active service within 36 months of the veteran or the dependent utilizing transferred benefits begins classes,
  • the active period of service was 90 consecutive days or greater,
  • a copy of the veterans DD-214 is provided to the University, and
  • a copy of the applicable COE (Chapter 33 or Chapter 30) is provided to the University to show benefit eligibility.
  • Effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, students who are dependents of active service members not stationed in California and who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill may qualify for the exemption. Contact the Barron Veterans Center at (619) 594-5813 for additional information

Students still on active duty may qualify for the exemption provided they submit a copy of their orders assigning them to a military installation in California.

Students may submit the above documentation to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center via the following methods:

Email:
veterans@sdsu.edu
Fax:
(619) 594-3202
Office:
Student Services West, Room 1661
(9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays)
Mail:
Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7470