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

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, students must apply annually with a County Veterans Service Office. After eligibility is determined a letter of authorization will be sent to the student from the Veterans Service Office. To request use of the waiver at UCSF, please submit the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver Request form and upload or send in the authorization letter from the Veterans Service Office.

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

Shan Yue, Assistant Veterans Service Officer
2 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 503-2000
Fax: (415) 503-2010
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 4 pm