VA Benefit Information  Veterans

All veterans are separated into different categories (chapters) that define the class of benefits received. To identify the eligibility requirements and benefits, click the link to the chapter in question.

California Veterans Fee Waiver

 

California veterans and their dependents should contact the County Department of Veteran Affairs closest to their location for information regarding application procedures or other related services.  Basic eligibility is attained if the veteran died from a service-connected disability or has a service-connected disability rated by the Veterans Administration at zero percent (0%) or higher.  There are other specific criteria that must be met prior to being deemed eligible, such as the student being a California resident. Please see additional information at: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/College-Fee-Waiver.aspx

Fresno State Veterans' Services may also be contacted for information and guidance pertaining to California Veteran Fee Waiver benefits.

Students whose parents are rated less than 100 percent by the Department of Veteran Affairs or who are also receiving Chapter 35 educational benefits, must turn in their previous year’s tax return or a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating they were not required to file federal income taxes.

  • You must meet California residency requirements of your school in order to receive these benefits.
  • Applications for the Cal Vet Fee Waiver must be renewed every academic year. You must re-establish eligibility for each subsequent academic year you plan on attending school.
  • Please note: this benefit cannot be used to fund courses taken through the Continuing Global Education Program.

Chapter 31: Service connected disabled veteran with a disability status of 20% or more.

VA Chapter 31 Definition

BasicEligibility

  • Veteran MUST have received an honorable discharge.
  • Veteran MUST have a 20% (or greater) service-connected disability.
  • As a result of the veteran's disability, vocational rehabilitation is required for gainful employment.
  • Apply on-line using the Veterans ON-line APPlication (VONAPP) Web site.
  • For more information, contact the Vocational Rehabilitation program by calling (800) 827-1000.

To Enroll

  • The veteran will complete and return the following paperwork to Veterans Services:
  • Application for Educational Benefits, VA Form 22-1990.
  • Copy of DD-214 (Member 4 Copy).
  • Copy of $600 buy-up, if applicable.
  • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out a Enrollment Form and return to Veterans Services.

Changes

  • ALL CHANGES to the veteran's schedule (major/minor, adds, drops, class cancellations, and/or withdrawals) must be approved by Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Contact information

  • Fresno State Veterans' Services: (559) 278-7030.
  • Veterans Administration Educational office: (888) 442-4551.
  • Veterans Administration Direct Deposit information: (888) 442-4551.

Tutor

  • If a veteran needs a tutor, they should contact Fresno State Veterans' Services. 
  • The veteran must be attending at least 1/2 time.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

VA Chapter 33 Definition

For more information on Post 9/11 GI Bill® go to http://www.gibill.va.gov

Chapter 35: Dependents, widows, and widowers.

VA Chapter 35 Definition

Basic Eligibility

  • Spouse or children of a veteran that is deceased or has a 100% service-connected disability.

To Enroll

  • The spouse/dependent must complete and return the following paperwork to Veterans' Services.
  • Application for Survivor's and Dependent's Educational Assistance, VA Form 22-5490.  ** Important!!   When completing 22-5490, please insert the veteran's social security number or C Number.
  • EACH SEMESTER, the spouse/dependent will fill out a Enrollment Form at Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Changes

  • ALL CHANGES to the spouse/dependent's schedule (adds, drops, class cancellations, and/or withdrawals) must be approved by Fresno State Veterans' Services.
  • ANY CHANGES to the major or if transferring in from another school require the spouse/dependent to complete and return VA Form 22-5495 to Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Contact information

  • Fresno State Veterans Services: (559) 278-7030.
  • Veterans Administration Educational office: (888) 442-4551.
  • Veterans Administration Direct Deposit information: (888) 442-4551.

Tutor

  • If a spouse/dependent needs a tutor, they should contact Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • Complete and return VA Form 2902-19t to Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • The spouse/dependent must be attending at least 1/2 time.
  • Contact, negotiation of wages, and pay is the spouse/dependent's responsibility.
  • The spouse/dependent is eligible to receive $100 per month, up to $600 per semester and up to $1,200 total, for tutor-reimbursement expenses.

Chapter 1606: National Guard or Reserve (Montgomery GI Bill®).

VA Chapter 1606 Definition (Reservist)

Basic Eligibility

  • Member MUST be in drill status to use benefits.
  • Member MUST have a signed six-year contract after July 1, 1985.
  • Member MUST have completed 180 days of duty in the selected reserve or guard. 
  • Member must have a GED or High School diploma.

To Enroll

  • The member will complete and return the following paperwork to Fresno State Veterans' Services.
  • Application for Educational Benefits VA Form 22-1990.
  • Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)-obtained from member's unit.
  • Copy of Reserves/Guard Kicker paperwork.
  • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out a Enrollment Form at Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Changes

  • ANY CHANGES to the major or if transferring in from another school require the veteran to complete and return VA Form 22-1995 to Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Contact information

  • Fresno State Veterans Services: (559) 278-7030.
  • Veterans Administration Educational office: (888) 442-4551.
  • Veterans Administration Direct Deposit information: (888) 442-4551.

Tutor

  • If a member needs a tutor, they should contact Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • Complete and return VA Form 22-1990t to Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • The member must be attending at least 1/2 time.
  • Contact, negotiation of wages, and pay is the member's responsibility.
  • The member is eligible to receive $100 per month, up to $600 per semester and up to $1200 total, for tutor-reimbursement expenses.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program - for certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001.

VA Chapter 1607 Definition Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Basic Eligibility

To Enroll

  • The member will complete and return the following paperwork to Fresno State Veterans' Services.
  • Application for Educational Benefits VA Form 22-1990 (write "REAP" in section one).
  • Copies of all DD 214s.
  • Copies of all orders for the period(s) you will use to claim eligibility.
  • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out a Enrollment Form at Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Changes

  • ANY CHANGES to the major or if transferring in from another school require the veteran to complete and return VA Form 22-1995 to Fresno State Veterans' Services.

Contact information

  • Fresno State Veterans Services: (559) 278-7030.
  • Veterans Administration Educational office: (888) 442-4551.
  • Veterans Administration Direct Deposit information: (888) 442-4551.

Tutor

  • If a member needs a tutor, they should contact Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • Complete and return VA Form 22-1990t to Fresno State Veterans Services. 
  • The member must be attending at least 1/2 time.
  • Contact, negotiation of wages, and pay is the member's responsibility.
  • The member is eligible to receive $100 per month, up to $600 per semester and up to $1,200 total, for tutor-reimbursement expenses.