California Veteran Tuition Exemption

Covered individuals who are living in California while attending this institution, using their VA educational assistance under:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Chapter 31 - VR&E (VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)
  • Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill®
    • Including:
      • Dependents using Chapter 33 - Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) benefits
      • Surviving Spouses or Children under the Fry Scholarship

Student must provide to College of the Desert's Veterans Resource Center a copy of their GI Bill® Certificate of Eligibility or Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits to apply for this exemption.

Reference:  38 U.S. Code §3679 and CA ED Code §78075.78

 

Student must submit appropriate documentation verifying eligibility to College of the Desert's Admissions and Records Office.

  1. Discharged Members of the Armed Forces

    1. A student who was a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in California on active duty for more than one year prior to being discharged shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition for up to one year if she or she files an affidavit with the community college stating that he or she intends to establish residency in California as soon as possible.

    2. This one year exemption shall be used while the student lives in this state and within two years of being discharged.

    3. A former member of the armed forces of the United States who received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge is not eligible for this exemption.

  2. Military Personnel

    1. Students who are members of the armed forces of the United States domiciled or stationed in California on active duty are entitled to resident classification for purposes of determining the amount of tuition and fees for the duration of their attendance at a community college as long as they remain on active duty.

    2. Service in the California National Guard does not constitute being a member of the armed forces of the United States in the interpretation of EC 68074 and 68075.

  3. Dependents of Active Duty Military Personnel

    1. A student who is a natural or adopted child, stepchild, or spouse of, and is a dependent of, a member of the armed forces of the United States domiciled or stationed in California on active duty is entitled to resident classification for the purposes of determining the amount of tuition and fees.

    2. Student must be a dependent for income tax purposes of that member of the armed forces.