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The College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives state tuition costs at Cal Poly.

  • This program does not cover the expense of books, parking, summer classes at Cal Poly or room and board.
  • Students will be responsible for paying Cal Poly campus-based fees (approx $1400-1500 per quarter).
  • Students are responsible for submitting the county approval letter directly to the Center for Military-Connected Students on this website. Although your VSO might mail Cal Poly a copy of the letter, this step is required to ensure it is correctly credited to your account.  
  • The fee waiver approval letter must be submitted to Cal Poly each academic year.
  • Waivers cannot be credited retroactively for previous academic years. 
  • The waiver does not apply to programs that do not charge state tuition (most study abroad, summer classes at Cal Poly and all Extend Education). Graduate programs listed here do NOT qualify for waivers.
  • ELAP Masters program and Single Subject Certification programs, Cal Vet College Fee Waivers are not applicable for summer quarter.


Apply for the California College Fee Waiver Program with your local county Veterans Services Office

Do not turn in applications for the waiver to Cal Poly, we are not an approving agency. We can only accept approved waivers. 

Find your local county veterans service office here


Eligibility

Eligible students are:

  • Residents of the State of California

Students must meet all of the requirements of at least one of the following three plans:

Plan Eligibility Income Age Other
A Child, spouse, Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) or un-remarried surviving spouse or RDP of a veteran who is disabled or has died of service-related causes during a qualifying war period. 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.
B Child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability or has died of service-related causes. Child's annual income cannot exceed $13,300* for the school academic year 2020-21. 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.
C 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.

Application & Required Forms

To apply for the California College Fee Waiver program, the student must submit a completed application along with the following forms:

  • Proof of relationship between veteran and student/dependent, e.g. birth certificate or marriage certificate
  • A copy of the veteran’s Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense award letter
  • 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

California Franchise Tax Board - Obtaining an Individual Status Letter

Important note: Due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency, you can no longer visit an FTB district office to obtain a letter. Instead, you will need to email FTBIndividualStatusLetter@ftb.ca.gov with the following information:

  • Student’s (or your) name and address
  • Requester’s (or your) telephone number and email address

When we receive an email at the above email address or ID, 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 to us via secure email 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

 


WHAT DO MY BENEFITS COVER?

 

State Tuition

($1914)

Cal Poly Fees

(~$1486) – only fees that are charged to ALL students

Books & Supplies Stipend

($42 per unit up to $1000 per academic year

Monthly Housing Allowance Stipend

(~$2000 for a full-time, in-person. Prorated for short months)

Parking

Tutoring

Books from the bookstore

Monthly Stipend ($1248 for full time)

How is it paid? 

Sent directly to Cal Poly or waived

Sent directly to Cal Poly

Sent to the student

Sent to the student

Sent to Cal Poly

Reimbursement to the student

Sent directly to Cal Poly

Sent to the student

VR&E

x

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

Post 9/11 GI Bill

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

 

Fry Scholarship

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

 

CH 35 DEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

x

Cal Vet Fee Waiver

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 


ACADEMIC COSTS OF ATTENDING CAL POLY

 

In – State Students

Out-of-State Students

State Tuition

$1914

$3398

Campus-Based Fees

$1486

$3960

Opportunity Fee

0

$2010

Total

$3400

$9368

*per quarter for full-time, undergraduate students

** Out-of-state students: we base our estimates on 15 units per quarter. Your actual amount will vary depending on the number of units you take.

 

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