Veterans Educational Benefits

There are a variety of financial aid resources available to assist Veterans with educational goals. The role of the Financial Aid and Scholarships office is to coordinate all Veteran’s benefits with federal, state and institutional aid to ensure UC Davis students receive the maximum eligible aid. 

University Grant eligibility on MyAwards may be reduced up to the amount of the Veterans or ROTC benefit that covers your fees. If students have incurred significant education-related expenses not reflected in your Cost of Attendance, and would like our office to consider, you may submit a Documenting Additional Expenses Form.

Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Veterans Benefits

  • Can I receive both financial aid and Veterans Benefits?
    Yes. The place to start is with the UC Davis Veteran's Affairs Office. If you have not already done so, you will also want to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you are eligible for student financial aid from the federal and state governments in addition to Veteran's Benefits.
  • Do I have to report my Veterans Education Benefits on the FAFSA?
    No. You are not required to report Veterans Education Benefits on the FAFSA. However, non-education Veteran Benefits must be reported.
  • Do I have to report my Veterans Fee Waiver or Fee Award to Financial Aid and Scholarships?
    Yes. You will need to report the following as Additional Resources in MyAwards: ROTC Fee Awards, Veteran Fee Waivers or fee awards.
  • What is the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver?
    A California state program that waives systemwide - or base - tuition and fees for eligible dependents of veterans that have a service-connected disability.
  • Can I receive both the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver and the Cal Grant at the same time?
    No. The California Veteran Tuition Waiver and the Cal Grant are both considered fee-paying resources and, therefore, students are only eligible to receive one during a period of enrollment. The Cal Grant will take precedence over the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver. The Cal Vet Tuition Waiver can be applied to a summer program at the student’s request.
  • Who should I notify when my Veterans Benefits expire?
    Contact the UC Davis Veteran's Affairs Office.
  • What happens to my financial aid if I am called to Active Duty?
    You will not lose financial aid eligibility if you take a leave of absence from school. Future aid will not be disbursed; you will not be responsible for paying back any funds. Please notify UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships when you return so that we can prepare an award package that reflects your current status. Your loans will automatically enter repayment because you will be enrolled less than half-time. To prevent this, complete a Military Deferment Request Form on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website.

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