Cal Vet Fee Waiver

Under the California Education Code Section 66025.3 (a), dependents of veterans whose death or disability has been determined to be service-connected and have met California residency status shall not be charged any mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. Applications and information are available at the Veterans Services Office, located in the Cesar Chavez Student Services Center, First Floor or at the San Diego County Veterans Services Office.
The CalVet webpage has updates on application, eligibility, and program restrictions.

Cal Vet Fee Waiver Eligibility Plans

Instructions for Students

  1. Download a Cal Vet Fee Waiver Program application (form DVS 40). Be sure to read the application instructions thoroughly and complete the application fully and accurately.  The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) will not process your request if the application is incomplete or missing any information.
  2. Submit completed DVS 40 Form along with all supporting documents to a local County Veterans Services Office (follow this link for local County Veterans Offices and addresses).
  3. We strongly encourage that you also complete the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) application, as you may be eligible for a waiver of other fees, such as health, student center, parking, etc.
  4. Once you receive your eligibility letter from CDVA, please click here to request Southwestern College process your CalVet Fee Waiver.  

Your award is good for one academic year (which runs summer, fall and spring of each year). To ensure ongoing benefits, students are required to reapply each year.


College Fee Waiver Calculator - useful tool for verifying CalVet Fee Waiver eligibility.
California Veterans Resource Handbook
California Veteran Reintegration Program Fact Sheet