College Fee Waiver for Veteran's Dependents Program - Veterans Affairs Office

Ohlone College does not monitor the College Fee Waiver Program. To apply for this program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the application and take it to your local County Veteran's Service Office for processing.
  2. After you receive the College Fee Waiver Authorization, complete the 2014-2015 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Application (PDF). Turn both forms to the Financial Aid Office at Ohlone College so your Fee Waiver can be processed. If you are interested in additional grants, you can apply for FAFSA at the website www.fafsa.ed.gov. Ohlone's School Code is 004481.

Note: All applicants must meet California residency requirements.

The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible.

Plan A

Female student outside at Fremont campus.

  • The child of a veteran who is totally disabled due to service-connected disabilities or whose death was officially rated as service-connected is eligible. The child must be over 14 years old and under 27 years old to be eligible. If the child is a veteran, then the age limit is extended to age 30;
  • The spouse or Registered Domestic Partner (RDP) of a wartime veteran who has been rated as service-connected totally disabled is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
  • The unmarried surviving spouse or RDP of a wartime veteran whose death has been rated as service-connected is eligible. There are no age limit restrictions;
  • Any dependent of any veteran who has been declared missing in action, captured in the line of duty by hostile forces, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power is eligible.

The veteran must have served at least one day of active duty during a period of war as declared by the U.S. Congress, or during any time in which the veteran was awarded a campaign or expeditionary medal. Concurrent receipt of benefits under Plan A and VA Chapter 35 benefits is prohibited. To receive benefits under Plan A, a dependent must sign an "election" statement acknowledging this fact. There are no income restrictions under this plan. To be eligible, the event which caused basic entitlement to benefits (i.e., the date the veteran died of service-connected causes or the date the VA rated the veteran as totally disabled as a result of service-connected disabilities) must have occurred prior to the child's 21st birthday.

Plan B

The child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or died of service-related causes is eligible. The child's annual income, which includes the child's adjusted gross income, plus the value of support provided by a parent, may not exceed the annual income limit. The current academic year entitlement is based upon the previous calendar year's annual income. Under Plan B, wartime service is not required and there are no specific age requirements. Children are the only dependents eligible under this plan. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.

Plan C

Any dependent of any member of the California National Guard, who in the line of duty while on active service to the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in active service to the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the service to the state is eligible. Surviving spouses or RDPs who have not remarried are also eligible.

"Active service to the state," for the purpose of this benefit, means a member of the California National Guard activated pursuant to Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code. A copy of those orders pursuant to Section 146, not Section 143, must be furnished to establish eligibility.

Plan D

Medal of Honor recipients and children of Medal of Honor recipients under the age of 27 may qualify. Benefits under Plan D are limited to undergraduate studies only, and applicants are subject to both income and age restrictions. There is no prohibition against receiving concurrent VA Chapter 35 benefits.

For current information, please visit College Fee Waiver at the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Alameda County Veteran's Services

  • Stewart Smith, County Veterans Service Officer
    6955 Foothill Boulevard, Suite 300
    Oakland, CA 94605
    Phone: (510) 577-1926
    Fax: (510) 577-1947
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm (appointments please)

  • Gail White, Veterans Representative
    24100 Amador Street, 3rd Floor
    Hayward, CA 94544
    Phone: (510) 265-8271
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Bruce Choy, Veterans Representative
    39155 Liberty Street, Suite F620
    Fremont, CA 94538
    Phone: (510) 265-8271
    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • 1504 Franklin Street, Suite 200
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone: (510) 763-3904
    Hours: Wednesday & Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

  • 4951 Arroyo Road
    Livermore, CA 94550
    By Appointment

See also Veteran's Services at Alameda County Social Services Agency.

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