Veterans Benefits

Welcome to the Veterans Benefits webpage!

Veterans Benefits – Office of the Registrar offers information related to the types of benefits, certification of benefits, contact information for dedicated support, and campus resources for students who have served in the military.

Section 1005 of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires all public institutions to provide in-state tuition for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill students regardless of when a veteran separated from the military (effective August 1, 2021).

Section 301 of the Public Law 115-251 requires public institutions to provide veterans who reside in the state and use educational assistance under Chapter 31 Veterans Readiness and Employment charged the resident rate regardless of whether the veteran meets the state’s residency requirements. (effective September 29, 2018)

Students’ VA Educational Benefits or ROTC Scholarships, as defined under section 480(c) of the Higher Education Act (HEA), are not treated as Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) and are not taken into consideration when evaluating students’ eligibility for federal financial aid (effective July 1, 2009). However, they are taken into consideration when determining eligibility for institutional grants and scholarships.

Please note the Cal-Vet College Fee Waiver, a state-based award, is considered when determining students’ eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid in addition to their VA educational benefits or their ROTC Scholarships. Please review the information under Apply for Aid and complete the applicable financial aid application, i.e., Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The financial aid application determines student eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial aid.

Information regarding VA Educational Benefits and a Checklist for Initiating Benefits are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Please email veteransbenefits@berkeley.edu with any questions.