Cal Vet College Fee Waivers (CVCFW) are accepted at Cal Poly for all classes that charge state tuition. The CVCFW will waive the state tuition portion of academic costs. It does not cover university campus-based fees. Be prepared, when using the CVCFW, to pay a portion of the academic costs out of pocket. This cost breakdown can be found under the Cost of Attendance link below.
Cal Poly is not the approving agency for this program. The State of California has changed the way it issues waivers beginning in the 2023-24 school year. Approved waiver codes from your county veterans service office should be turned in to Cal Poly through the secure form on this website with the student's EMPLID and social security number. We will access your waiver letter through the state website. Each waiver can be accessed and used once.
This is not a VA program - it is a State of California benefit wherein Cal Poly writes off the student's state tuition costs each quarter. No money is provided to Cal Poly on the student's behalf.
Apply for your waiver each year in May/June so that it can be approved and turned in to us before Aug 15th. This will ensure that it is credited ahead of the Fall 2023 tuition due dates. Approved waiver letters that are emailed or mailed to Cal Poly can not be credited to student accounts.
Unlike VA programs, students using the CVCFW do not have a minimum course load requirement. The waiver will be applied regardless of the number of units a student is taking.
The waiver does not apply to programs that do not charge state tuition (Extended Education/Self-Supported, Quarter Plus, and many Study Abroad programs). To explore qualified Study Abroad opportunities, click the tab at the top of the page.
GRADUATE STUDENTS - Students in self-supported programs are not eligible. Currently, Cal Poly's Business Analytics, Fire Protection Engineering, Packaging Value Chain, Quantitative Economics, and Taxation programs are all self-supported.
We are here to assist students along the way! Let us know if you have questions about the process. Below is a helpful video guide to understanding the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver and how it will work at Cal Poly.
Cal Vet Fee Waiver POC
VA School Certifying Official
To apply for a waiver, you will need to return the following documents to your local county Veterans Service Office:
- 2023-24 Academic Year Application
- Birth Certificate. If the veteran is your step-parent or spouse, submit the marriage certificate that establishes the relationship.
- The student's tax form from the previous year. If the student did not file taxes, submit a Statement of Non-filing from the IRS or an Individual Status Letter from the California Franchise Tax Board (this is the preferred agency, directions are below).
- Veterans DD-214.
- Veterans disability rating paperwork. Download these from the VA here.
Find your local county veterans service office here
*To be eligible for a Plan B CVCFW (the most common), a student's earnings and support from their parents must stay under the federal poverty level.
Income Threshold (for student applicant only)
|2023 income numbers
|2024 income numbers
|$21,561 *estimated, final number TBD
Effective January 1, 2024 Plan B applicant income, which includes the student's adjusted gross income for the prior year plus the value of any support received from a parent, will no longer be measured against the federal poverty threshold limit when making a fee waiver eligibility determination. Instead, beginning with Academic Year 2024-25, the student's income will not be allowed to exceed the STATE poverty level as published in the resident requirement filing chart found on the Franchise Tax Board website. This change was brought about when AB 1745, Soria.
Once your county has approved a waiver, the student must upload the access code through our secure form with the student's EMPLID and social security number to have it applied to their account. Waivers sent by email or mail will not be applied. Waivers turned in after August 15th will often require that the student pay their state tuition costs and request reimbursement after the waiver is applied. The address on the submitted waiver must match at least one student address in your Cal Poly portal
Waivers are good for one academic year. Students will follow the process to reapply and resubmit and new CVCFW every year. Waivers cannot be credited retroactively for previous academic years.
NEW, INCOMING STUDENTS:
Do not turn in your waiver until:
- The student has scheduled a New Student Orientation with the CMCS Coordinator. This orientation is different than SLO Days and is an individualized meeting to review their benefits and payments expected.
- The student has watched the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver Video.
- The student has reviewed the Incoming Military-Connected Student page.
Parents - Only Cal Poly students should be accessing the submission form. It requires their signature acknowledging understanding of the following:
Cal Vet College Fee Waiver only waives mandatory system-wide tuition at Cal Poly. It does not cover campus-based registration fees or other costs. This program does not cover the expense of Extended Education courses at Cal Poly. The fee waiver approval received from a county veteran service office must be submitted here, each academic year. Waivers cannot be credited retroactively for previous academic years. Waivers must be submitted prior to the tuition due dates and can take several business days to process and be applied. If the waiver is not turned in at least 2 weeks before tuition and fees are due, students may be required to pay those costs and request reimbursement.
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONFIRMATION THAT YOUR WAIVER HAS BEEN PROCESSED. If there is an issue with your submission, we will reach out to you via your Cal Poly email.
Students are able to view their Account Activity in their Money Matters tab to verify that their waiver has been applied. Please allow several days for this credit to be applied to your account each term. It will show as a credit labeled "UG Tuition Fee Wvr".
The Cal Vet College Fee Waiver waives state tuition costs at Cal Poly. It covers the same costs as the Cal Grant Fees (not Cal Grant B), State University Grant, and Athletic Fee Awards. If you have any of these in your financial aid package, let us know. We'll discuss with you how these programs will work together. They will not double up or pay other costs. The CVCFW does not cover the expense of books, parking, or room and board.
After the waiver is applied, students will have a remaining balance due for Cal Poly campus-based fees (approx $1486-2500 per quarter).
Eligible students are:
- paying in-state tuition
Students must meet all of the requirements of at least one of the following three plans:
The unmarried child of a Veteran who is totally service-connected disabled or whose death was officially rated as service-connected is eligible. The child must be over 14 years old and under 27 years old to be eligible. If the child is a Veteran, then the age limit is extended to age 30;
The spouse of a wartime Veteran who is totally service-connected disabled is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
The unmarried surviving spouse of a wartime Veteran whose death has been rated as service-connected is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
Any dependent of any Veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power is eligible.
|No income restrictions
|The child must obtain eligibility before the age of 21, be over 14 years old and under 27 years old unless the child is also a veteran, then the period is extended to age 30. No age limit for a spouse, RDP, or un-remarried surviving spouse.
|A student cannot receive U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter 35 and CCFW benefits during the same academic year.
|Child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability or has died of service-related causes.
|Child's annual income cannot exceed $14,580* for the year. This amount is expected to change to the CA poverty level for 2024-25 Academic Year
|No age limit
|*Defined as the total of adjusted gross income plus the value of parental support during the previous year. The amount is changed each academic year, call (805) 477-5155 to obtain the current amount or go online to CAL-VET California College Fee Waiver Program.
|Any dependent, spouse, Registered Domestic Partner (RDP), or un-remarried surviving spouse of a member of the California National Guard who is permanently disabled, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in active service or has died while in active service of the state.
|No income limit.
|No age limit.
|Active service of the state means a member of the California National Guard activated under Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code.
To apply for the California College Fee Waiver program, the student must submit a completed application along with the previous year’s federal income tax form 1040 or state form 540. If the student is married, a copy of the joint tax return and copies of the student’s W-2s and/or 1099s must be provided to show the dependent’s income does not exceed the income limit where applicable. If the student reports an Adjusted Gross Income of $0 and a Value of Support of $0, a written statement explaining how the student is supporting themselves must be provided.
If the student had no reportable income and did not file a tax return, you may need to request the Verification of Non-filing Letter form, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or an Individual Status Letter from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). To obtain statements call: Local IRS Office (805) 445-4771, IRS (800) 829-1040, FTB (800) 829-4059. In our experience, the process is quicker and easier through the Franchise Tax Board.
California Franchise Tax Board - Obtaining an Individual Status Letter
Email FTBIndividualStatusLetter@ftb.ca.gov with the following information:
- Student’s name and address
- Requester’s telephone number and email address
FTB staff will send a secure email in reply and provide the information needed to secure a letter. The requester will be asked to reply via the secure email and provide the necessary documents. Once FTB has the information needed, the Individual Status letter will be emailed to the requester/customer. Depending on the specific circumstances, documents to be provided may include:
- FTB-ID or social security number (SSN)
- Tax year(s)
- Copies of the requester’s photo identification and SSN card
If the request is made on behalf of someone else, you will also need to provide:
- A copy of a minor child’s birth certificate if the requester is under age 18
- A signed statement authorizing the FTB to release information on their behalf when the request is made on behalf of someone age 18 or over
Cal Vet Fee Waivers and VA benefit certifications must be submitted in advance of due dates to allow processing time. Waivers and VA Certifications that are submitted late will often require students to pay their student debts and request a refund.
Beginning in 2022/23 the college-based fee (CBF) will increase yearly. These increased fees will only be assessed on newly enrolled students who begin Fall 2022 or after. Subsequent fee increases would be made on a cohort basis. All currently matriculated students would continue to pay current college-based fee rates. Click below to see more information on the cost of attendance.