Educational Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Services provides detailed information about its benefit programs, education news, an electronic application form, and enrollment verification on its GI Bill® website.

If you are a veteran or a current service member claiming your VA benefits for the first time, start by setting up an eBenefits account and apply for your Veterans Benefit Administration education benefits online. eBenefits is an easy way to see your disability claims as well as other important information related to veterans education and healthcare.

  • All students must fill out an (SRA) “Student Responsibility Agreement” found on our FORMS tab.

  • Make sure your VA Form on file is up to date for the current semester.

  • If you add or drop a class, please fill out and submit an Add/Drop form to the VA office.

Educational Benefits FAQ

We will need:

  • DD214
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) - This would be provided by your S1 in your unit or command

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person:

For Continuing students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For First Time Freshman:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For Transfer Students:

  • VA Form 22-1995 (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

VA Websites

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We Will need your

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • Benefit Sponsor's SSN/File Number

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person

For Continuing students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For First Time Freshman:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For Transfer Students:

  • VA Form 22-5495 (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

 VA Websites

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We will need

  • DD214
  • Certificate of Eligiblity

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person:

For Continuing students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For First Time Freshman:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For Transfer Students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement
  • VA Form 22-1995 (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

VA Websites

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We will need

  • DD214
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person

For Continuing students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For First Time Freshman:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For Transfer Students:

  • VA Form 22-1995 (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

OR

  • VA Form 22-5495 For Dependents (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

If the payment from VA doesn’t match the anticipated funding, your student account will be adjusted to reflect the changes to your coverage.

VA Websites

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For the CalVet Fee Waiver: Having been found eligible for benefits means that you shall not be charged mandatory system-wide tuition or fees while attending a California Community College, a campus of the California State University system, or a campus of the University of California system.

We will need

  • College Tuition Fee Waiver Authorization Letter

Things to Note

  1. The authorization is valid only for the Academic Year listed on the letter
  2. You must re-establish eligibility for each subsequent Academic Year you plan on attending college
  3. You must meet the California residency requirements of your college in order to receive these benefits
  4. Many colleges and universities have campus-based and extension programs which may not be waived, as well as other fees such as parking, health, insurance, etc. For a breakdown of tuition and local fees, please refer to the Student Information link on the Bursar's office website

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person:

California VA Websites

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Active Duty and Reserve service members (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force) should speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling for admission to San Francisco State University.

We will need

  • Authorization Form –submit to the Veteran Services Coordinator
  • Submit 2 weeks prior to the fee payment deadline to allow for proper coding on your student account

Websites for Information

Policy on the return of unearned TA funds to the government

When a student withdraws, the Bursar or CEL must calculate the amount of DoD TA the recipient has earned based on the withdrawal date. Any DoD TA in excess of the earned amount is considered unearned. Unearned aid must be returned back to the respective Federal Aid programs.

Non DoD TA aid programs (Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B Fee and State University Grant) are not part of the Return of DoD TA aid calculation. However, they will still be subject to proration based on the date of withdrawal. The portion of to be returned is determined by the percentage of DoD TA not earned by the student.

The percentage of unearned aid is calculated using the following formula:

Total # of Calendar Days in the semester Not Completed by the Student

Divide by The Total Number of Calendar Days in the Semester

During the first 60% of the enrollment period, a student "earns" DoD TA funds in direct proportion to the length of time he or she remains enrolled. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point earns all aid for the period.

Return of Fees vs. Return of DoD TA Aid:

In almost every instance, the fee refund will be less than the total Return of aid amount. As a result, when a student withdraws, a balance is created on the student account for the difference between the fee refund and the Return of aid amount. The student is responsible for paying this balance.

Our institution's schedule for the return of unearned TA funds to the government

16-week Course Withdraw submitted:
Before first day of semester    100% return
During first 3 weeks      Partial refund from full time to part time
Starting First day of semester     0.9% pro-rata charged per day until fully withdrawn from the University up to the 60% point of the semester, within weeks 9-16.  0% return after 60% point of the semester

Unearned TA funds will be returned no more than 30 days from notification that the student has withdrawn.

Please note: Invoices will be produced and mailed within 2-3 weeks after census as long as the student is registered and has submitted a current letter of authorization. 

Billing information regarding Tuition Assistance:

Bursar’s Office

Phone: (415) 338-3348
Fax: (415) 338-7787
Submit a ticket: http://bursar.sfsu.edu/inquiry

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We will need:

1905 (Provided by your Vocational Rehab counselor or provide the information to our office so that we can facilitate the process)

Please fill out the following forms from our office and submit them in person:

For Continuing students:

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For First Time Freshman

  • Student Responsibility Agreement

For Transfer Students

  • Student Responsibility Agreement
  • VA Form 22-1995 (To the best of your ability, if you have a copy of your online app you can bring that instead)

Books/Parking Passes

Once we have received and certified your 1905, we will produce 3 copies of your 1905 for you to pick up at the Veterans Services front desk (SSB 303).

  • Bring one copy to the bookstore
  • Submit a copy to the Parking Office located on North State Drive, next to Police Department
  • Last copy is for your reference

VA Websites

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