Veterans education benefits

VA Education Benefits

Be sure to apply for your VA education benefits. Use the GI Bill® comparison tool to determine which benefit you are eligible for based on your time in service and military status. The benefit estimator compares the estimated benefits paid depending on the GI Bill® and school.

The VA certifying officials at the Veterans Education Benefits Office can guide you through the complex process of receiving your benefits – from answering questions about the various education benefits, the application and certification process and advocating on your behalf with the VA. If your education benefits are going to be delayed, the Veterans Education Benefits staff will work with you to avoid late fees or registration holds and provide options for financial support during the delay.

Once you are registered for classes complete the Enrollment Certification Request. After your adviser has signed the form, please return the signed form to our office, either in person or via email. We cannot certify your enrollment to the VA without this form, so make sure to complete it before each quarter.

Financial Aid

In addition to utilizing your VA Education Benefits, you will also want to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for all federal, state and institutional funding. More information about completing the FAFSA, the Husky Promise Program, student loans, and important deadlines can be found at the Student Financial Aid website.

Scholarships for Military Veterans and Families

For more information regarding scholarship available to you, please review Scholarships for Military and Families.

Tutorial Assistance Program

Tutorial Assistance is available if you are receiving VA education benefits (except REAP) at the half-time or more rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions about this program, please contact the VA at 888-442-4551.

Tuition – Out of State

If you are from out of state, make sure to contact the Residency Classification Office to see if you are eligible for resident tuition under the Choice Act.

Tuition Waivers for Service Members

As a veteran you may also qualify for additional tuition assistance through one of the state waiver programs. If eligible, these state waivers can supplement your VA education benefits. Even if you have exhausted your VA benefits you may still qualify for a state tuition waiver of up to 50% resident tuition.

Eligibility

You are eligible to receive a waiver of your tuition and fees (up to 50% of in-state rate) if you are:

  • a Washington state domicile who was an active or reserve member of the United States military, or a national guard member called to active duty, who served in active federal service, under either the Title 10 or Title 32
  • in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters
  • if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge

Conditions for undergraduate students

The waiver is awarded only to undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, to a maximum of 225 college-level credits, including credits transferred from other institutions of higher education. Waivers will not be awarded to students participating in fee-based courses or programs. For more information, refer to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), section 28B.15.621, and Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 478-160-163.

Conditions for graduate or professional students

The waiver is awarded to graduate and professional students pursuing their first graduate or professional degree at the University of Washington. You are not eligible for this tuition waiver if you have previously received a veteran’s tuition waiver/reduction at the University of Washington. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 10 credits to qualify. Professional students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to qualify. Waivers will not be awarded to students participating in fee-based courses or programs. For more information, refer to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), section 28B.15.621, and Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 478-160-163.

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Tuition Waivers for Child or Spouse of Deceased, Disabled, MIA, or POW veteran

Eligibility

You are eligible to receive a waiver of all resident tuition and fees if your parent or spouse is a Washington state domicile who:

  • was an active or reserve member of the United States military, or a national guard member called to active duty, who served in active federal service, under either the Title 10 or Title 32, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, has received an honorable discharge,
  • and became totally disabled (a person who has been determined to be one hundred percent disabled by the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs);
  • or who lost his or her life while engaged in active federal military or naval service
  • or who is determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action

Conditions

The waiver is awarded only to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Total credits earned using the waiver may not exceed 200 credits. The child must be a Washington domiciliary between the age of 17 and 26. A child’s marital status does not affect eligibility. A surviving spouse must be a Washington domiciliary. A surviving spouse has 10 years from the date of death, total disability, or federal determination of prisoner of war or missing in action status of the eligible veteran to receive this benefit. Upon remarriage, the surviving spouse is ineligible for the waiver of all tuition and fees. Certain fee-based courses/programs may be included.  For more information, refer to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), section 28B.15.621, and Washington Administrative Code (WAC), section 478-160-163.

Apply

Please provide the following:

  • A completed waiver application
  • A copy of your parent’s or spouse’s DD-214 (Member Copy #4) or other supporting documentation showing their qualifying service
  • Documentation from the VA or DOD that your parent or spouse is 100% disabled, deceased, POW or MIA
  • A copy of your birth certificate or marriage certificate
  • Proof of qualifying parent or spouse’s Washington domiciliary, such as a copy of utility bill or lease agreement.

 

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 website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.