Initiating Veterans Affairs Benefits at UC Berkeley

Benefits

Undergraduates

Type of Benefit Apply for VA Benefits on VONAPP1 *UCB Veteran Services Intake Form3 *Graduate Veteran Education Plan4 *Certificate of Eligibility (COE) *Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) *VA Form 28-1905 *Copy of Change of Place of Training Form6 DD214 or Military ID for Active Duty (optional)7 Apply for Financial Aid (optional)8
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 31 Voc Rehab See note 2 below N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 1606 Reservists N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 1607 REAP N/A N/A N/A

 

Graduates

Type of Benefit Apply for VA Benefits on VONAPP1 *UCB Veteran Services Intake Form3 *Graduate Veteran Education Plan4 *Certificate of Eligibility (COE) *Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) *VA Form 28-1905 *Copy of Change of Place of Training Form6 DD214 or Military ID for Active Duty (optional)7 Apply for Financial Aid (optional)8
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill N/A N/A
Chapter 31 Voc Rehab See note 2 below N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill N/A N/A
Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance N/A N/A
Chapter 1606 Reservists N/A N/A
Chapter 1607 REAP N/A N/A

 

To initiate Veterans Affairs Benefits at UC Berkeley, you must provide the following documents to Veterans Benefits. You may submit documentation in person, mail, fax, or email PDF. Please redact your Social Security Number on any documents you submit electronically.

All Students
Students who Received Benefits at Another Institution 
Graduate Students Only
  • Graduate Veterans Education Plan 
    This form must be approved by your adviser and submitted to Veteran Benefits before your enrollment can be certified to the VA for a second term.
Chapters 30, 33, 35, and 1607
  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA
Chapter 1606
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from the VA
Chapter 31
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Authorization (Note: Please ask your case manager to send VA Form 22-1905 to the Veterans Benefits office.)

If you don't know which chapter you qualify for, read the VA benefits overview.
 

Checklist for Initiating Benefits

Before initiating benefits at Cal, you must apply for benefits through VONAPP at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

  1. Apply for Chapter 31 benefits at your regional VA Office. The closest office to UC Berkeley is the Oakland Regional VA Office.
  2. Chapter 31 students should have their case manager send VA Form 22-1905 directly to Veterans Benefits.
  3. Please read, complete, sign, and submit the Veteran Services Intake Form to Veterans Benefits as soon as possible.
  4. Graduate students: You must submit the Graduate Veterans Education Plan during your first term before you can be certified for a second term. 
  5. Students who have used VA benefits previously at another institution: You must apply for a Change of Place of Training on VONAPP, or submit form 1905 to the VA. You must also provide Veterans Benefits a copy of this form or a printout from VONAPP.
  6. Since VA benefits may not cover the entire cost of attendance, we highly recommended you apply for financial aid.

 

How Do I...?

Find Out My Benefit Status

Berkeley's Veterans Benefits office doesn’t have access to an individual’s VA benefits status. Contact the VA directly at 888-442-4551 for information regarding:

  • your eligibility for VA benefits
  • remaining eligibility time for existing benefits
  • payment status (housing allowance and educational stipends)

  If you have any additonial questions, please contact Veterens Benefits.

Change My Enrollment Status With VA Benefits

Notify Veterans Benefits if:

  • You plan to enroll in less than the full-time requirement for your school, college, or program.
  • You change your major program, add or drop courses, or need to withdraw from the University.

Get Priority Enrollment

Veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Coast Guard are eligible for priority enrollment appointments — regardless of whether or not they receive veterans’ educational benefits or character of discharge. 

To receive a priority enrollment appointment, veterans should provide a copy of their DD214 (active duty U.S. Service members should provide a copy of their valid military ID) to Veterans Benefits via email, or you may deliver, mail, or fax. 

New students will be able to take advantage of this benefit during the Phase II enrollment period. 

Apply for the Nonresident Fee Waiver

For military-related exemptions to nonresident supplemental tuition, see "Exceptions & Exemptions."