Due to the unique nature of the summer term at UC Berkeley, if students are enrolled in summer and expect VA Benefits for that term, they must notify the Veteran Services office in order for any funds to be requested and subsequently disbursed.
Types of Benefits
Application Fee Waiver for U.S. Military Service Members
U.S. Military service members (active duty and veterans) may be eligible to waive the $200 application fee. Please submit your application, but do not yet pay your application fee. Instead, complete our Military Application Fee Waiver Request form. We will process your request and get back to you within 2 business days with eligibility confirmation and next steps.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) website provides extensive details on the education benefits available to veterans in various statuses, such as vocational/rehabilitation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and active duty.
The Haas School of Business, as part of the public University of California system, is one of the few top ranked MBA programs in the country that is able to benefit from the expanded Post 9/11 Benefits signed into law in January 2011. Depending on length of qualifying service, veterans can obtain:
- Funding for up to 100% fees
- A monthly housing allowance (determined by the VA Office and affected by unit load)
- An annual book stipend up to $1,000
MBA students who are fully sponsored, meaning all fees are paid by a third party or outside agency, may choose to work as GSIs and/or Readers. However, if you are eligible for a fee remission from UC Berkeley, you will only receive it if your sponsoring agency reduces the sponsorship by that amount. Fee remissions will not be paid to the student as a refund if fees are being covered by an outside source.
For those of you who waive the student health insurance, the Health Insurance Fee will not be triggered to your account, so expect a lower partial fee remission.
The Evening & Weekend MBA students are not eligible for the CAL Vet Tuition/Fee Exemption as funding differs between programs.
Overview of Process
After admission to the program:
- Request your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA Office.
- Review the handy checklist for initiating benefits at UC Berkeley.
- Ultimately, benefits covering part or all of the fees will be disbursed to the university when you start your program. Housing allowances and book allowances are disbursed directly to the student.
The Fry Scholarship (expanded to include surviving spouses)
Section 701 of the Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of Service Members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Prior to this, only children were eligible for this benefit. Eligible spouses are entitled to receive:
- 36 months of full benefits, equal to 100% level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Education must start on or after January 1, 2015. Education prior to January 1, 2015, is not eligible to receive benefits under Section 701
- A spouse has 15 years from the date of the Service Member’s death to utilize benefits. If a spouse remarries, benefits end the date of the remarriage.
As of March 8, 2013 the Army, Navy and Marines have suspended their Tuition Assistance (TA) programs due to a sequestration of federal funds for the program. Although Soldiers, Sailors and Marines will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for TA, those currently enrolled in courses approved for TA are not affected and will be allowed to complete current course enrollments.
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