Veterans Benefits

VA Education Benefits are offered to veterans, military service members and in some cases their family members. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines all eligibility and the certifying official on campus will assist in coordinating the students' benefits.

Veterans Affairs Federal Department

Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers educational assistance programs for eligible veteran, service person, dependents, and spouses.

Education Programs

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Apply for Benefits at UCSF

  • First Time Benefit Receipts
  • Newly Admitted Students Who Have Previously Received Benefits
    • Step 1: Complete a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training either through VONAPP or complete VA form 22-1995 and fax it to 918-781-7863
    • Step 2: Receive an updated Certificate of Eligibility from the VA
    • Step 3: Complete the Online Financial Aid Application on the Financial Aid portal
    • Step 4: Complete the Financial Aid VA Benefits Application on the Financial Aid portal
    • Step 5: File your study list each quarter on your Student Portal
    • Step 6: Complete and upload the VA Education Benefit Quarterly Survey on the documents tab in the Financial Aid portal
  • Continuing students

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Coleman, UCSF Certifying Official, at (415) 476-4185 or [email protected]


Veterans Affairs State Department

California College Fee Waiver Program - CAL VET

The State of California Department of Veterans Affairs established the California College Fee Waiver Program which gives educational fee exemptions to survivors of deceased or disabled veterans.

The Cal Vet exemption covers mandatory system-wide charges assessed by academic programs that receive State support. For state-supported programs at UCSF, the specific charges covered by the Cal Vet exemption are Tuition, the Student Services Fee, and Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition.

The Cal Vet exemption does not apply to tuition and fees of UCSF's Self-Supporting Programs. If you are unsure of the type of Tuition and Fees you are charged, please contact your program or the Office of the Registrar.

To be found eligible:

California Department of Veterans Affairs

1227 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814
(800) 952-5626
(800) 324-5966 (TDD)
(800) 221-8998 (Outside California)

San Francisco County Veterans Service Office

Elena Kim, Director/County Veterans Service Officer
2 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 934-4200
Fax: (415) 934-4240
eFax: (415) 355-2468
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm