Military Benefits and Financial Aid


Martin Carranza
VA Certifying Official & Veteran Financial Aid Advisor
2103 Student Affairs & Administrative Services Building

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


Military-Related Education Benefits

We understand how important education benefits are to our military-related students, and we are committed to giving you the best service possible. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is responsible for certifying and processing state and federal educational benefits for all military-related students. More Information can be found by visiting the UCSB Veterans Benefits website at

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.

For additional financial resources, check out the Money Matters Resource Guide (PDF).

Please contact Martin for questions about financial aid or visit our office.