Veteran & Military Families
The UCLA Veteran Resource Center provides caring and personalized support to military-connected students (active-duty, reservist, National Guard, veteran, child/partner/spouse/ dependent of a veteran/active-duty service member). We help our military-connected students’ succeed academically at UCLA by providing peer advising, tutoring resources, scholarships, employment opportunities and career development support, graduate school preparation support, guidance on educational benefits and financial support/resources, and community building and social activities.
Additionally, if you served in the United States Armed Forces, your child may be eligible for financial support (free tuition, book and supplies funding, housing allowance, or a stipend) towards their education costs at UCLA. The UCLA Veteran Resource Center is your students’ first stop to find out how to get connected to campus and all of the services we provide to our military-connected student community. For more information, please encourage your student to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website.
California Veteran Fee Waiver
Eligibility: There are four plans under which dependents of Veterans may be eligible for this tuition waiver benefit.
- The unmarried child of a Veteran who is totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities 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 has been rated as service-connected totally 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.
- The Veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the Veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an “Election To Receive College Waiver Benefits” statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the Veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the military or United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) rated the Veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the child’s 21st birthday.
- The child of a Veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or died of service-related causes is eligible. The child’s annual income, which includes the child’s adjusted gross income, plus the value of support provided by a parent, may not exceed the annual income limit. The current academic year entitlement is based upon the previous calendar year’s annual income. Under Plan B, wartime service is not required and there are no specific age requirements. Children are the only dependents eligible under this plan. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.
- Any dependent of any member of the California National Guard, who in the line of duty while on active service to the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in active service to the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the service to the state is eligible. Surviving spouses who have not remarried are also eligible.
- “Active service to the state,” for the purpose of this benefit, means a member of the California National Guard activated pursuant to Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code. A copy of those orders pursuant to Section 146, not Section 143, must be furnished to establish eligibility.
- Medal of Honor recipients and children of Medal of Honor recipients under the age of 27 may qualify. Benefits under Plan D are limited to undergraduate studies only, and applicants are subject to both income and age restrictions. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.
Duration of benefits: This is dependent on which plan you qualify under. See the descriptions above for more information.
Maximum month of benefits: This benefit can be used for most undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools at UCLA. A list of the programs that this benefit cannot be used for (called self-supporting programs) can be found here.
How payment are made:
- Tuition (paid to the school): This benefit waives the mandatory system-wide tuition at UCLA.
- This benefit does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board.
Important Note: All applicants must meet UCLA’s California residency requirements.
For more information, please visit the California Veteran College Fee Waiver website.
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Eligibility: An individual must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
- A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces;
- A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence;
- A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force;
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power;
- A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.
Duration of benefits:
- For Children: May use benefits between ages 18 and 26 (there may be exceptions).
- For Spouses: 20 years from the service member’s date of death if they died on active duty, or 10 years from the date we determine they qualify or from the Veteran’s date of death (there may be exceptions).
Maximum months of benefits: 45 months
How payments are made: The VA pays the monthly amount directly to the student. The current monthly payment for full-time training is $1,224.
Application: The application is available online here.
For more information, please visit the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program.
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)
Eligibility: children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
Duration of benefits:
- For Children: Qualify as of their 18th birthday, and can use this benefit until their 33rd birthday.
- For Spouses: 15 years from the service member’s date of death (but spouses lose this benefit if they remarry).
Maximum months of benefits: 36 months
How payments are made:
- Tuition and fee payment (paid to the school): The VA covers the full in-state tuition costs for training at UCLA.
- Money for books and supplies (paid to the student): The VA cover up to $1,000 a year, divided up equally among the terms, for books and supplies.
- Monthly housing allowance (paid to the student): The VA base this amount on the local Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for E-5 with dependents and pay it monthly. Currently, this amount is ~$3000 per month
Application: The application is available online here.
For more information about the program, please visit the Fry Scholarship website.