Veteran's Affairs

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Dependent New Student

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office works with the Veterans Administration to assist military dependents eligible to participate in the VA Educational Benefits Program. Below you'll find State of California and federal educational benefits information for veteran's survivors and dependent students new to CSUN.

College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans' Dependents

California veterans and their survivors/dependents should contact the County Department of Veterans Affairs closest to their location for information regarding application procedures or other related services. Basic eligibility is attained if the veteran died from a service-connected disability or has a service-connected disability rated by the Veterans Administration at zero (0) percent or higher. Other specific criteria must be met prior to being deemed eligible, such as the student being a California resident. You may also contact the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office for information and guidance pertaining to California Veterans Fee Waiver benefits.

Students whose parents are rated less than 100 percent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or who are also receiving Chapter 35 educational benefits, must turn in their previous year's tax return or a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating they were not required to file federal income taxes.

Requirements for GI Bill® Certification

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

To be certified for GI Bill® benefits at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), all veterans' survivors and dependents who are new to CSUN must provide the following items online through myNorthridge Portal or in hard copy to the Veterans Affairs Office, Bayramian Hall, Room 150.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility - For new benefits/first-time use of benefits. Review VA Education Benefits for Survivors and Dependents. When you know which benefit you want to use, apply online for education benefits as an eligible dependent (equal to VA Form 22-5490). As soon as you receive your “Certificate of Eligibility” from the VA, file a copy with our School Certifying Official in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office or upload it through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal.
  2. CSUN Request for Veterans Benefits - File your request online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal after registering for classes EVERY TERM—winter, spring, summer and fall. (If you prefer to use the paper form, please contact us.) 

To avoid delays in receiving benefits, follow up on these additional requirements:

  1. Second Bachelor's Students - Provide us with a copy of the "Academic Plan" you developed with your major department advisor. For assistance, contact your advisor.
  2. All Students - Immediately report any changes in your class schedule or academic plan to the School Certifying Official in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office. YOU MUST NOTIFY US OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE OR ACADEMIC PLAN TO AVOID DELAY IN BENEFITS.

Other Forms You May Need

VA Form 22-5495 - Dependents Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (.pdf): Use this application for change of institution/when transferring to CSUN from another school. If possible, please upload the completed form online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal.

VA Chapter Definitions

All veterans are classified into different categories (chapters) that define the class of benefits available and identify eligibility requirements. Select the chapter of interest below to review benefit descriptions and requirements.

Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI BillĀ®

Learn more at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

Chapter 35 - Dependents, Widows, and Widowers

Educational Assistance Allowance for trainees under the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35 of Title 38 U.S.C.). Visit the page to determine which of the two main GI Bill programs is better for your situation.

Basic monthly rates for training time and types are published at Education and Training - Rate Tables. To correctly determine rate of benefit, use the start date of the class.

Also see VA Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Rate Tables.