VA Chapter 35 (Dependent Education Benefit)

You may qualify for VA education benefits (Chapter 35 benefits) if you’re the child or spouse of a service member and one of the below descriptions is true of the service member.

  • Died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001,or
  • Is missing in action or was captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or
  • Was detained (held) by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, or
  • Is in the hospital or getting outpatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability, and is likely to be discharged for that disability. A service-connected permanent and total disability is a disability resulting from your service that doesn’t go away.

One of these must be true. The Veteran:

  • Is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability, or
  • Died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability

If you’re a dependent who doesn’t meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for VA education benefits if the Veteran or service member transferred some or all of their Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement to you while they were on active duty.

VA GI Bill

  • 1-(888-442-4551) between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday
  • Follow USDVA on Facebook @gibilleducation to participate in open discussions related to your GI Bill benefits at this time.

CalVet College Fee Waiver

  • The College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of Veterans may be eligible.  

Local Colleges 

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The Veteran Success Center (VSSC) was created in Fall 2016 to better  serve our student Veteran population.  Located in Room 2071, the VSSC is open to all students who are current or former members of the United States Armed Services."

The following services are provided in the VSSC:  

  • Access to Computers and Printer
  • Quiet Study Space
  • Veterans Lounge with amenities
  • On Campus & Community Resources for Veterans
  • Peer support and mentoring
  • Workshops  


Simpson University


The  Veteran Success Center (VSC) is available to all service members, veterans of the U.S. military, and their guests. It is a community space on campus where student veterans can engage with each other while having access to complimentary resources. Simpson University has committed to providing the student veterans community with a “one-stop shop” for everything related to their education and career planning."

  • The Veterans Success Center has multiple computer stations, group and independent study rooms, complimentary printing, T.V., book loan program, and concession and eating area.

College of the Siskiyous

COS Veterans Services is dedicated to assist Veteran students and their families with their educational and VA related needs. Certifying Officials act as the link between students and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We understand that the transition from military to college life can be difficult and are committed to providing the best possible care in appreciation for your sacrifice and service.

COS provides the following services:

  • Information regarding VA education benefits
  • Assistance with the ARC application and registration process
  • Assistance with VA applications and forms
  • VA Certifying Officials to initiate and process VA education benefits
  • Evaluation of educational progress as applied towards a degree or certificate program
  • Evaluation of form DD-214 for college credit
  • Priority registration to qualified Veterans who provide a DD-214 or military ID
  • VetSuccess Counselor
  • Appointments with DSPS counselor
  • Local VA representatives
  • Assistance identifying community resources for Veterans/dependent

California State University, Chico

Chico  Veteran Services has information about the different types of VA Educational programs and instructions on how to use them at CSU, Chico. There is also information about veterans resources on campus and in the community. This office is proud to help veterans and their families succeed at CSU Chico.

The student veteran center is a room on campus set aside for veterans. Student veterans can hang out and enjoy access to computers, printers, snacks, beverages and an entertainment center. The center is also the focal point for CSU Chico's veteran community. Veterans have the opportunity to meet other students with similar experiences.

"Helping veterans, reservists/guard/active duty service members and dependents receive their educational benefits."