CalVet Education Benefits

As a veteran, there are education programs available which you may use for a wide variety of approved education and training programs including: apprenticeship and on-the-job training, college degree and certificate programs, flight training, and correspondence courses. Each program provides different benefits to different groups of individuals and offers a specified number of “months” of benefits. Typically, most education benefits can be collected for 36 months; however, the maximum amount that can be collected under any combination of VA education program is 48 months. Please note that veterans can only use one VA education benefit for training at a time.

Download the 2014 Getting Uncle Sam to Pay for your College Degree Handbook

This handbook covers veterans educational assistance programs and resources.

Cal State - Troops to College

The California State University offers unlimited opportunities to help veterans, active-duty service members and their families meet their personal and professional goals.

Download the 2014 Military Children's Scholarship Handbook

This handbook covers family education assistance programs and resources for veterans.


California College Fee Waiver (CFW)

(CFW) program benefits the spouse and children of U.S. veterans.

College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans' Dependents (DVS-40)

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans' Dependents waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, Campus of the University of California, or Campus of the California State University system. This program does not cover expenses like books, housing and parking. The student must meet the in-state residency requirements as determined by the school.


California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)

CSAAVE connects with school certifying officials, military education officials, training establishment and business officials, and selected Government officials in order to serve veterans and their families.

GI Bill Comparison Tool

Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this is an improved version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VA's approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country. It also provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program to meet their needs. 

NRD - Education & Training

Find information on education and job training opportunities including scholarships, tuition assistance programs, the GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and more.

UC Campus Veterans Services

UC campuses are committed to providing access and support to veterans and active-duty military personnel. Find veterans resources from available from different UC campuses.

Veterans Center at Vanguard University

Supports veterans by providing academic planning, financial advisement, and resources for professional, personal, and spiritual development designed to equip veterans to achieve their educational and professional goals.


Yellow Ribbon Program Participating Institutions

Degree-granting institutions of higher learning participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program agree to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.

Veterans Upward Bound Santa Ana (VUB)

VUB is a FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAM (Department of Education) that supports discharged military veterans in getting into the college or school of their choice. VUB is here to prepare veterans who have been out of school make the transition into higher education.