If you are a veteran of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, on active military duty, or a dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible for financial aid in addition to educational benefits earned through your service. View the GI Bill Comparison tool maintained by the Veterans Administration to view educational cost and student outcomes at more than 10,000 VA-approved education and training programs including Butte College.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). See "How to Apply" tab above.
Veterans and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
There are two questions on the FAFSA that determine if you are considered a veteran. If you meet any of the definitions below, you do not need to provide parental information when completing the FAFSA, and will be considered independent for financial aid purposes.
Question: "Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?" (#48 on 13-14 FAFSA; #49 on 14-15 FAFSA)
Question: "Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?" (#49 on 13-14 FAFSA; #50 on 14-15 FAFSA)
You are considered a veteran for financial aid purposes if you:
- Are currently serving in one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard),
- Are a National Guard or reserves enlistee was was called to federal active duty for other than state or training purposes,
- Were a cadet in one of the federal service academies,
- Were released from service under a condition other than dishonorable,
- Are not a veteran now but will be one by June 30, 2014 for 13-14 FAFSA, or by June 30, 2015 for 14-15 FAFSA.
Who Is a Veteran's Dependent?
The spouse or child of a veteran may qualify for educational assistance through the following federal and state programs:
- Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Cal-Vet Fee Waiver through the California Department of Veterans Affairs
Butte College Can Help
The college provides a Veterans Services Office dedicated to serving student veterans and veterans' dependents. Veterans Services provides help with accessing available benefits and offers veterans the support and assistance they need to transition into the civilian world and to pursue a higher education. Veterans face a unique set of challenges as students, and the Veterans Services staff helps cut through red tape so veterans can overcome those challenges.
1. Assists students with applying for the GI Bill and dependent educational benefits
2. Serves as liaison between Butte College and Veterans Affairs on educational benefits
3. Offers one-on-one personalized assistance
4. Processes Cal-Vet Fee Waivers
5. Provides information on financial aid and assistance in submitting the FAFSA
For more information
Click on Veterans Services to view the Butte College Veterans Services office website.