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Military Affiliated Students

UC San Diego is dedicated to assisting veteran and military-connected students with achieving their higher educational goals. Depending on the type of benefits you are receiving from the Veterans Administration, UC San Diego may offer financial aid that can work in conjunction with your VA benefits.

The information here is in addition to the information provided on the Prospective Undergraduate, Current Undergraduate, and Current Graduate Student pages. Please make sure to review those pages.

Please be sure to inform the Financial Aid and Scholarships office if you will be receiving Veterans Benefits as this may impact your financial aid award.

California State Benefits Military Affiliated Students

California offers one state education benefits program for eligible veterans and their families — the College Fee Waiver.

Federal Benefits Military Affiliated Students

Review federally funded education benefits for eligible veterans and their families.

How You Receive Your Financial Aid Military Affiliated Students

Link to resources that can help you manage your financial aid award.

Facts About Veterans Benefits

  • A veteran is a person who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and was released under an honorable condition. (See the FAFSA for a more detailed definition.)

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), determines your eligibility for veterans education benefits.

  • The Registrar's Office helps you take full advantage of the programs, services, and benefits available by:

    • Processing your paperwork for VA claims so you'll receive your payments on time

    • Certifying your student enrollment for the VA

    • Preparing the necessary forms for unit or address changes

  • Stop by the Registrar's Office for assistance so you receive your benefit claims as soon as possible.

Mandatory Enrollment Verification

Once you've applied and been approved to receive your educational benefits from the VA, and you've enrolled in your classes, you must complete the enrollment verification e-form.

This form is required by the VA, and must be submitted on a quarterly basis and/or if you make changes to your schedule or withdraw from the term.

You'll be asked to read and understand the UC San Diego VA Notification of Requirements (PDF) when you submit your completed e-form.


UC San Diego Registrar's Office

Student Veteran Benefits Coordinator

Visit the Student Veteran Benefits Coordinator and the Registrar's Office if you have questions or need to discuss this process.

Campus veterans resources

Other military aid at UC San Diego

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Financial Aid Estimator

Net Price Calculator

Use this tool to see how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive for in the 2024-25 academic year.

Estimate Your Aid

UC 2024-25 Priority Filing Deadline

The California State financial aid deadline requires GPA submission by March 2, and FAFSA or California DREAM application by the May 2nd extended deadline

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The first step to apply for financial aid is to submit the appropriate application, ideally by the priority deadline.

The FAFSA is available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens (ie, permanent residents).

The California Dream Act Application is available for undocumented students who qualify for the AB540 fee exemption.


  • UC San Diego School Code: 001317



Dream Act

  • UC San Diego School Code: 001317

Dream Act Info

If your financial circumstances have changed in 2023 compared to the 2022 year income information reported on your 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or CA Dream Act Application, there is a process to address these changes called the Special Circumstances appeal. Generally the form becomes available late Summer and is processed during the following Fall quarter. Once available, the form and instructions will be posted on our website at Forms ( .



Higher Education videos for Financial Aid & Student Services.

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UC YouTube Resources

Videos focus on applying for financial aid and offer tips on other methods of financing your education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Use this resource to find answers to all your frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions