Veterans Benefit Services

The Veterans Benefit Services staff in the Office of the Registrar serves as the VA Certifying Official and liaison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for students who as veterans, veterans’ dependents, or reservists receive education benefits. Students who are veterans or veterans’ dependents should contact the Veterans Benefit Services office as soon as they receive notification of admission to UCSC to ensure timely processing of their benefit claims.

The Veterans Benefit Services staff assists with the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ college fee-waiver program for dependents of veterans who have service-connected disabilities or who have died from service-related causes. California resident students may apply for the college fee-waiver program at their County Veterans Services Office. Claims for fee waivers should be presented to the university during the academic year for which the claim applies. Retroactive approval can be granted only in situations in which students applied for the exemption in a timely manner but approval was delayed by the VA’s processing of an original or reopened service-connected disability compensation claim. A copy of the initial denial letter and Disability Rating from the VA is required to document such circumstances.

UCSC will not prevent enrollment, assess late registration fees, require alternate or additional funding, or deny access to campus resources available for students using VA Education Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®) or Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) benefits while payment is pending from the VA (up to 90 days). To qualify, provide a Certificate of Eligibility or an eBenefits GI Bill Statement of Benefits and all required VA forms needed to certify enrollment by the first day of class. For more information please see the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 103.

Veterans Benefit Services is located at 190 Hahn Student Services Building. For more information, visit the Veterans Benefit Services website, call (831) 459-2709 or (831) 459-2910, or email

During their transition to the university and while they are enrolled as UCSC students, military veteran students are provided a broad range of academic and support services by the Veterans Education Team Support (VETS) through Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS). The Veterans Center is located at Kresge College right inside the entrance, off the main parking lot. Contact the VETS staff at (831) 459-1520, or send an email to, or visit the STARS website.