Benefits/Financial Aid

 

Martin Carranza
VA Certifying Official & Veteran Financial Aid Advisor
2103 Student Affairs & Administrative Services Building
805-893-8905 
VeteransBenefits@sa.ucsb.edu

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9AM - 12PM, 1PM - 4PM

 
 

Using Your VA and State Benefits at UCSB

We understand how important education benefits are to our military-related students, and we are committed to giving you the best service possible. UCSB's School Certifying Official (SCO) is responsible for certifying and processing state and federal educational benefits for all military-related students.

Here are some common questions and answers to help you get started (click here for a printable version):

  • How do I get started with my benefits? If this is your first time applying for a benefit with the VA, you will need to apply online at www.vets.gov. After you’ve applied, the VA will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) within 30-45 business days.
  • Do I need to submit a VBRF every quarter? If you are receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) or Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) benefits, you must submit a new VBRF any time you register for classes, or make a change to your class schedule.
  • Is there a deadline to submit the VBRF? No, but it is recommended that you submit your VBRF as soon as you register for the following term.
  • I have my CalVet authorization letter; what are my next steps? Email a copy of your letter to VeteransBenefits@sa.ucsb.edu. If you are using any other benefit along with the CalVet waiver, you’ll need to turn in a VBRF as well.
  • Do I need to reapply for the CalVet Waiver each academic year? You must reapply every academic year you wish to use the waiver.
For more details on using your benefits at UCSB, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is always working behind the scenes to ensure that military-related students receive the best financial aid award possible. In fact, your benefits are treated more favorably than other types of external resources. In most cases, you can qualify for some traditional types of financial aid, as addition to your well-earned benefits. 

Don’t forget to file a FAFSA to maximize your aid! Veterans are automatically treated as independent students for Financial Aid purposes, which can greatly increase the amount of aid for which you may be eligible. If you missed the priority deadline to file your FAFSA, it’s still not too late! Submit an On-Time Status appeal if you missed the deadline.