Vol. 3, Issue 5: Jul-Aug 2020
Two of the most pressing concerns of veterans during the stay-at-home orders were employment and education. This issue will provide a brief overview of education resources of particular interest to our California veterans and their family members.
Please contact Karen Bosch Cobb for a printable version of this newsletter that has been designed for easy photocopying and deploying at your curbside service, if applicable.
It is important to note that California veterans and their family members have an additional set of educational benefits beyond those available from the VA. We have attempted to outline a large range of options for both veterans and their family members seeking education benefits. Remember that a good place to start is by making contact with your local CVSO. The directory of offices is available here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/CVSOLocations.aspx or start here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/veteran-servicesbenefits/education
In this issue:
College Fee Waiver: The College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of Veterans may be eligible. Learn more here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/College-Fee-Waiver.aspx
What do I need to do to apply for the College Fee Waiver Program?
TO OBTAIN COMPLETE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office or your school's veterans office.
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNGEAAP): The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNGEAAP) issues financial awards to qualifying members of the California National Guard (CNG) and State Military Reserve (SMR). This financial education benefit can pay for up to 100% of fees at the Universities of California, California State Universities, and California Community Colleges. Learn more here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/CNGEAAP.aspx
California State University (CSU) & University of California (UC): Both CSU and UC offer a myriad of opportunities to help veterans, active-duty service members and their families meet their personal and professional goals. They are committed to providing veterans financial support and advice, priority admissions, health and other referrals specific to veterans and transition support and outreach. Learn more here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/California-State-University- (CSU)-.aspx and here: h ttps://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/University-of-California-UC.aspx
Non-Resident College Fee Waiver: The Non-Resident College Fee Waiver waives non-resident fees at all State of California Community Colleges, CSU, or UC campuses for some veterans and their family members. Learn more here: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/Non-Resident-College-Fee-Waiver.aspx
Remember to check the Department of Education for additional student aid Start here: https://studentaid.gov/
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Transferability: The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service Members to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members including spouses and children. Once a veteran passes away, the designated family member that received the transferred GI Bill can transfer any balance available to another dependent of the veteran. Learn more here: https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/education/Post-911_Transferability.pdf
Survivors’ & Dependent’s Educational Assistance (DEA): DEA (Chapter 35) is an education benefit that can provide up to 36 months of full-time or equivalent benefits to the spouse and children of most 100% service connected disabled veterans. Learn more here: https://nvf.org/va-survivors-and-dependents-educational-assistance/
NEW: Dedicated Phone Line for Surviving Spouses and Children of an Active Duty Service Member Who Died in the Line of Duty: A child or surviving spouse can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 and select Option 5. A highly trained agent with specialized training in survivor benefits will be ready to assist the caller with their education benefits or survivor-related resources. Agents will be available Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.
Scholarships for Veterans: Learn more here: https://www.fastweb.com/directory/scholarships-for-veterans
College Scholarships for Military Children & Spouses: Learn more: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/college-scholarships-for-military-children-spouses
Military Survivors Education Assistance: Find scholarships and grants for postsecondary education and training exclusively for the military survivor community. Start here: https://www.taps.org/scholarships
VA education benefits for survivors and dependents: Find out if you’re eligible for VA education benefits for dependents and survivors (also called Chapter 35 benefits). If you’re a dependent spouse or child - or the surviving spouse or child - of a Veteran, you may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program. Learn more here: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/
Other VA education benefits Learn about other VA education benefits if you don’t qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you’re a Guardsman, Reservist, or Veteran and you’re not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be able to get other VA education benefits through these programs. Learn more here: https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/
Principles of Excellence Program: The Principles of Excellence program requires schools that get federal funding through programs such as the GI Bill to follow certain guidelines. Learn about these guidelines. Learn more here: https://www.va.gov/education/choosing-a-school/principles-of-excellence/
GI BILL HOTLINE: 1-888-442-4551
GI Bill® Comparison Tool: Learn about education programs and compare benefits by school. Learn more here: https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
Yellow Ribbon Program: The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher out-of- state, private school, or graduate school tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. Find out if you're eligible, and if your school takes part in this program. Learn more here: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/yellow-ribbon-program/
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