San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs helping students get college tuition waivers

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SAN BERNARDINO – San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs is helping dependents of deceased or disabled veterans apply for California college tuition and fee waivers at two upcoming community events in August.

The county says as California tuition fees increase, the College Fee Waiver Program is a valuable benefit that waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any state of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. 

To qualify for a waiver the applicant must meet eligibility under one of four different plans that include:

  • Child of a Veteran;
  • Spouse of a wartime Veteran;
  • Unmarried surviving spouse of a wartime Veteran;
  • Dependent of any Veteran who has been declared missing in action;
  • Dependent of any member of the California National Guard;
  • Medal of Honor recipients and children of Medal of Honor recipients.

To verify eligibility click visit the College Fee Waiver calculator here.

Upcoming events

San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs will be available at the following local community events to provide information about the program. 

National Night Out – Public Safety Fair
Aug. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.  
Yucaipa Regional Park
34900 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa 

Second District Supervisor Jesse Armendarez Open House
Aug. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
8575 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga 

California Department of Veterans Affairs

Originally enacted in 1935, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) administers the College Fee Waiver Program for Veteran Dependents. Although the program covers California college tuition and fees, it does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. 

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The San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs has three office locations:

San Bernardino

222 W. Hospitality Lane, Third Fl., San Bernardino

Rancho Cucamonga
8575 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga

Hesperia
15900 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia

For more information about the College Fee Waiver program visit https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/College-Fee-Waiver.aspx

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