Covering the Costs of College
There are a variety of sources of financial support for veterans, active military, reservists and dependents. Each has its own forms, processes and timetables.
Each military branch establishes its own distinct qualifications for the College Fund. The qualifications are usually based on a critical occupational specialty. The VA does not determine eligibility of this additional benefit.
If you qualify for the College Fund, you do not receive it in one lump-sum payment. Your total College Fund is divided into monthly payments (based on the 36 months of eligibility under the MGIB) that are added to regular MGIB payments. You cannot receive your College Fund money without receiving MGIB benefits. It is an add-on to your MGIB benefit.
Currently the VA does not have a way to interface with the U.S. Department of Defense to verify service members who pay the $600 additional contribution (kicker). The VA requests each service member who paid this contribution to submit a photocopy of the following:
- DD Form 2366
- Copy of LES's - if deductions are payroll deducted
- DD Form 1131 - Cash Voucher if paid cash in full
These documents provide proof to the VA that the $600 was paid and they will process your claim to include this kicker. The kicker is divided by the number of months of eligibility available under the MGIB or MGIB-Selected Reserve. It is an add-on to your MGIB or MGIB-Selected Reserve benefit.
Though receipt of VA benefits is considered in the determination of a veteran student's level of aid, most veteran students do qualify for other forms of financial aid. Individuals should also file the Federal Financial Student Aid Application. Please make sure to take a look at the Financial Aid Website.
Financial Aid Contact
Phone: (415) 338-7000
TDD: (415) 338-4321
Fax: (415) 338-0949
More information about financial aid and scholarships is available from SF State’s Office of Financial Aid.
All students training under Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606 VA education programs and who have been certified for 3/4 time enrollment or more are eligible to apply for the VA Work Study Program. Students may work up to 450 hours in a term, and receive the current state or federal minimum wage (whichever is higher). This hourly wage is tax exempt as it is a part of the VA Educational benefits. Please check with a Work Study Manager for more information.
Veterans benefits are NOT taxable and, therefore, do not need be reported to the IRS as income.
Tuition Assistance Contact
Phone: (415) 338-3348