/Financial Aid

Marcee Davis

VA Certifying Official & Veteran Financial Aid Advisor
2103 Student Affairs & Administrative Services Building

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday:

9AM - 12PM, 1PM - 4PM

Using Your VA and State Benefits at UCSB

We understand how important education benefits are to our military-related students, and we are committed to giving you the best service possible. UCSB's School Certifying Official (SCO) is responsible for certifying and processing state and federal educational benefits for all military-related students.

Here are some common questions and answers to help you get started  

 If this is your first time applying for a benefit with the VA, you will need to apply online at After you’ve applied, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) within 30-45 business days.

 If you are receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) or Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) benefits, you must submit a new VBRF any time you register for classes, or make a change to your class schedule.

No, but it is recommended that you submit your VBRF as soon as you register for the following term.

The CalVet waiver is for dependents of  veterans who are California residents, and waives their tuition while attending UCSB. For more information and to apply, visit

 Email a copy of your letter to If you are using any other benefit along with the CalVet waiver, you’ll need to turn in a VBRF as well.

You must reapply every academic year you wish to use the waiver.

For more details on using your benefits at UCSB, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Financial Aid


The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is always working behind the scenes to ensure that military-related students receive the best financial aid award possible. In fact, your benefits are treated more favorably than other types of external resources. In most cases, you can qualify for some traditional types of financial aid, as addition to your well-earned benefits. 

Don’t forget to file a FAFSA to maximize your aid! Veterans are automatically treated as independent students for Financial Aid purposes, which can greatly increase the amount of aid for which you may be eligible. If you missed the priority deadline to file your FAFSA, it’s still not too late! Submit an On-Time Status appeal if you missed the deadline.