Dependent Benefits

College Fee Waiver

Student children of a veteran with a service-connected rating of 0% or higher may be able to attend any state college/university tuition free. The California State Department of Veterans Affairs will waive the fees at any state school for the children of a service-connected disabled veteran. Because this is a waiver of fees, the benefit is not applicable to private schools. If the veteran has a service-connected rating of 100%, the spouse of the veteran may also access this benefit.

Dependents Education Assistance

The dependents of a 100% service-connected disabled veteran may be eligible to receive a stipend for attending a VA-accredited college or university. The children of a permanently and totally disabled veteran may use this benefit until the student reaches the age of 26. The veteran s spouse may access this benefit for a period of ten years after the 100% rating has been granted.

ChampVA Medical Insurance

The dependents of a veteran rated permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected condition may be eligible for medical insurance coverage.

Children Born with Certain Birth Defects to Vietnam Veterans

A child born with Spina Bifida to a male veteran who served in Vietnam may be eligible for monetary benefits to help offset the cost of their care. These benefit amount vary with the degree of disability of the child. The child of a female veteran who served in Vietnam and was born with certain birth defects may also be eligible for monetary benefits. The list of birth defects for children born to female Vietnam veterans is more extensive than the coverage for male Vietnam veterans. Please contact our office to learn more.