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Veterans Benefit

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UCSB Veterans Benefit Services


The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying VA educational benefits for veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and dependents of veterans. Information is also provided for students serving on active duty using the Military Tuition Assistance benefit. We are delighted that you have made the choice to join our campus and take advantage of your educational benefits.


 Military Tuition Assistance Program Continues Funding

Military Tuition Assistance Program (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members who take college courses during their off-duty hours.

TA money is not a loan and should be viewed as money earned similar to base pay. Funds are paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Additionally, active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "top-up" in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. Follow the links below for more information.

Attention Reservists, National Guard, Active Military Duty Students

 Students who are Reservist, National Guard, or active military duty may find themselves during their academic career called to mandatory service or placed on deployment orders. Should this happen, a student may be unable to meet specific course requirements, have courses in conflict with military service, or be unable to meet degree requirements. Students are responsible for contacting university faculty and staff to seek accommodations that will allow students to continue to meet academic requirements.  Accommodations can include such actions as rescheduling examinations and class assignments.     

 For such situations, students should complete the Active Military Letter (pdf), which was developed by the Student Affairs Division, and submit to their instructors.

For further questions or concerns, please contact the VA Certifying Official, at 805-893-8905 or VeteransBenefits@sa.ucsb.edu.


Steps for collecting VA Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606 or Post-9/11 benefits:

  • First-time benefit recipients will need to present their Certificate of Eligibility. Veterans will also need to present a copy of their DD214 and/or the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) if they are a reservist.
  • Register for classes - or - submit a proposed Academic Adviser's Approval form (AAA) prior to registering.
  • Submit a Veterans Benefits Request Form (VBRF) and Academic Advisors Form (AAA) quarterly. The VBRF/AAA form can be printed from here.
  • Deadlines for VBRF/AAA submission:
    • Fall              August 1
    • Winter         December 1
    • Spring         March 1
    • Summer     June 1
    Be sure to review the Chapter information from the Chapter Benefit link on the left sidebar above.

    Post-9/11 GI Bill

    For specific information and guidelines regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill go to

    CA VA College Fee Waiver Applications

        Information and applications are available at http://www.cacvso.org/
    • Submit application for benefits to the County Veterans Services Office. County information can be found at http://www.cacvso.org/page/2011-1-22-13-52-31/
    • After the letter of eligibility is received from the County Veterans Services Office, submit a copy to:
    UCSB Office of the Registrar
    Veteran Benefit Services
    1105 SAASB


      Veterans program representatives are available to assist

      Office of the Registrar, Veterans Benefit Services
      1105 Student Affairs/Admin Service Building (SAASB) 
      Veterans Services: 805.893.8905 
      E-mail:  VeteransBenefits@sa.ucsb.edu

      WEDNESDAY: 10AM - 12PM, 1PM - 4PM