Veterans Education Benefits
You may be able use your veterans education benefits to help pay for your education at UC San Diego Extension. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) only pays for courses that are part of an approved certificate or study program. Courses that are not required for your certificate or program will not be covered and cannot be counted toward your enrollment status.
Search for "University of California-San Diego Ext" on the WEAMS Institution Search application for a list of approved programs.
Our staff can provide you with information and answer questions about your VA education benefits and other financial resources, certify your enrollment in qualifying courses and help you locate additional resources and support when needed. Download our VA Registration Packet for detailed instructions on how to use and maintain your VA Education Benefits while attending UC San Diego Extension.
Applying for Benefits
Step 1: Identify the VA Education Benefits that you are eligible for and select the benefit that best suits you.
You may use any of the following VA Education Benefits at UC San Diego Extension:
Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to determine which benefits you are eligible for and get information such as how much of your tuition and fees will be paid, how much your housing allowance will be and what your book stipend will be.
Step 2: Apply for Veterans Education Benefits
The VA will determine your eligibility and notify you by mail about your entitlement.
Step 3: Download, complete and submit your VA Education Benefit Registration Packet.
Step 4: The VA Education Benefits Coordinator will contact you to begin the enrollment and VA certification process.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program
MyCAA is a program offered by the U.S. Department of Defense that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance (up to $2,000 per fiscal year) to eligible military spouses.
The MyCAA Scholarship can be applied toward any program at UC San Diego Extension that leads to a recognized license, certificate or certification with a specified concentration or major. MyCAA will not pay for general studies or interdisciplinary programs that do not have a specific concentration, nor will they pay for courses that are not included in your education or training plan or courses that have been started or completed.
How to apply for a MyCAA Scholarship:
- Visit MyCAA to log in to or create your Department of Defense Self-Service Logon, or DS Logon, account.
- Select University of California San Diego as your designated school.
- Contact the Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in creating your Education & Training Plan (E&TP). Upload your completed E&TP to MyCAA.
- Request financial assistance through MyCAA for each course. You must submit your request between 15 and 60 days prior to your course's start date. Please check the course schedule for the exact dates of your courses.
- Submit your approved MyCAA financial assistance (FA) voucher to our Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator at email@example.com.
Enrollment status changes
You are responsible for notifying our Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator immediately of any changes affecting your enrollment, including adding and dropping courses or changing your grading options. Failure to do so may result in termination of your benefits.
Satisfactory academic progress
As a student receiving Veterans Education Benefits, the law requires that your benefits be discontinued when you cease to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of your stated program of study.
Per UC San Diego Extension Financial Assistance/Veterans Benefits policy, you must maintain a cumulative and term grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale to meet our minimum satisfactory academic progress standard.
You will be placed on financial assistance probation if your cumulative or term GPA falls below 2.0.
Your financial assistance will be terminated if your cumulative or term GPA remains under 2.0 for a second consecutive term.
Reinstatement of your benefits
Your benefits may be resumed after the end of a term in which you successfully raise both your cumulative and term GPAs to 2.0 or higher. You will be required to pay your tuition and fees for each term until you have raised both GPAs to 2.0 or higher.
You are responsible for adhering to the UC San Diego Standards of Student Conduct. Violations of these standards are taken seriously and may result in suspension or dismissal from the university.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my eligibility or remaining benefits?
Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) GI-Bill-1 (888-442-4551) or visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Can I be a full-time student at UC San Diego Extension?
Your enrollment status may vary throughout the quarter because UC San Diego Extension courses have variable beginning and ending dates. The VA calculates enrollment status based on the specific dates and number of weeks you are in attendance and the credit hours you earn during that period.
What is my Enrollment Status/Rate of Pursuit?
- Chapter 33 students: In a standard quarter (for courses that meet for the entire quarter), the VA will determine your rate of pursuit by dividing the number of credit hours you are enrolled in by 12. For instance, if you are enrolled in seven credit hours, your rate of pursuit would be 7/12, or 58 percent. Your rate of pursuit must be more than 50 percent to receive the monthly housing allowance.
- Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, & 1607 students: In a standard quarter (for courses that meet for the entire quarter), your enrollment status is determined by the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled. Twelve or more credit hours is fulltime, nine to 11 credit hours is three-quarters time, six to eight credit hours is half time, four to five is less-than-half time, and one to three is quarter time.
For non-standard terms (courses that do not meet for the entire quarter), the VA converts your enrollment to “Equivalent Credit Hours” before determining your enrollment status for that term.
If you need assistance calculating your enrollment status, contact the VA at (888) GI-Bill-1 (888-442-4551) or visit their website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. Or click here for more information about how your housing allowance will be paid if you are not a fulltime student.
When will I receive my payment from the VA?
Generally, the VA processes payments at the end of each month. Payments may be delayed if you:
Does my enrollment at Extension qualify for the Cal Vet College Tuition Fee Waiver?
- Haven't completed the intake process at least 30 days before your courses begin.
- Enroll in courses late.
- Fail to inform the Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator about changes to your enrollment.
Under Section 32320 of the California Education Code, students enrolled in UC San Diego Extension programs and other self-supporting UC programs are not eligible to use the Cal Vet College Tuition Fee Waiver.
Can I use Tuition Assistance (TA) at Extension?
Effective Sept. 5, 2014, UC San Diego Extension is no longer eligible to participate in the Military Tuition Assistance program. Please contact the Department of Defense
for additional information about qualified institutions participating in Tuition Assistance.
Whom to Contact
If you have questions about your eligibility or need help deciding which VA Education Benefit is right for you, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) GI-Bill-1 to discuss your specific situation.
If you have questions about how your benefits will work at UC San Diego Extension, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send completed forms and information to:
- By fax: (858) 534-8527
- In person or by mail to our La Jolla Student Services location, attn: Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator
Additional Resources for Veterans and Service Members