Frequently Asked Questions

VA Benefits and Certifications

How do I apply for VA Education Benefits?

Which military benefits can be used at USF?

  • Post-9/11 (Ch. 33)
  • MGIB - Active Duty (Ch. 30)
  • MGIB - Selected Reserve (Ch.1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (Ch. 31)
  • Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) (Ch. 35)

For information on how to use these benefits at USF, please email veterans@usfca.edu.

What forms do I need to submit to USF to receive my benefits?

  • For Chapter 30 and 33 (Post-9/11), please submit your current Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and DD214 (Discharge Papers, if applicable).
  • For Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), please provide your 1905 from your counselor and DD214.
  • For Chapter 35 (Dependent Education Assistance), 1606, or 1607 please provide your current COE.

Please contact veterans@usfca.edu for questions.

I used my Post-9/11 (Ch. 33) at another school. How do I update my COE?

Complete the DD-22-1995 and add USF as your current school. You may use the following address for Place of Training address:

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

How can my parent transfer their benefits to me?

For Post 9/11 (Ch. 33) benefits, your parent can submit the transfer request online through the VA »

For the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, please apply online through the VA »

What is the monthly housing stipend for University of San Francisco?

For Post 9/11 (Ch 33) students, with the passing of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the housing stipend is based on where the majority of classes take place. Students at the main San Francisco campus and downtown campus will receive the San Francisco housing rate. Students who are primarily at the additional campuses will receive the pay rate based on the branch campus zip code. View the VA website for more information »

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Students can view the subsistence allowance rates on the VA website »

Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance students do not receive a monthly housing stipend.

When can I expect to receive my housing stipend?

Newly admitted students generally receive the housing stipend at the beginning of the second full month of school. The amount will include any back pay that is owed. Regular payments can be expected at the beginning of the subsequent months until the end of the certified term.

Please note: USF has no control or influence over time it takes the VA to process housing stipends. Questions regarding the housing stipend can be directed to the VA at (888) 442-4551.

Does USF certify visiting students?

Due to VA and federal regulations, the visiting student must meet one of the following conditions to receive certification from USF:

  • The student has an approved parent letter from the home institution which guarantees that the courses can be transferred back to the original program.
  • The student is pending admission for a USF degree program and the course(s) will count towards the pending degree program.

Does USF certify certificate programs?

The University of San Francisco is approved to certify benefits for degree programs only. We do not certify certificate programs.

Tuition and Billing

Is there an annual cap for tuition and fees benefits?

Please view the VA rate table for the current Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) annual tuition and fees cap. USF is listed as ‘Private or Foreign School’ under Institutions of Higher Learning.

Review "What happens if my VA benefit is not enough to cover my cost?" in the following Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students sections for more information.

May I use my military tuition assistance at USF?

Students may not use military tuition assistance at USF.

Can I waive my admission deposit?

The tuition deposit cannot be waived and the VA does not cover this fee.

Does University of San Francisco participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Undergraduate Students

How do I apply for a program at USF?

Military service members will have to meet the same requirements for admission as any other applicant.

University of San Francisco will consider awarding credit for military service after admission. However, admission is based solely on academic coursework and a military transcript cannot be used for admissions purposes. Typically, these units can fulfill general elective requirements but not core requirements.

View additional information about applying to USF »

Do I have to take an SAT or ACT since I’m in the military?

Beginning with Fall 2020, USF will be test-optional and will not require the submission of SAT or ACT scores with your application.

View additional information for transfer students »

Does USF participate in the College Tuition Fee Waiver for veterans dependents benefits?

No, the College Tuition Fee Waiver applies only to California state community college, colleges, and universities.

What happens if my VA benefit is not enough to cover my cost?

The enrollment certification team will continue to review your eligibility to participate in the yellow ribbon program. The university offers a semester installment plan, applicable financial aid via the FAFSA, or a parent PLUS loan. See additional scholarship information »

How many units do I need to take to be considered a full-time student at the undergraduate level?

You will receive the full housing allowance if you are registered for a minimum of twelve credits for the fall and spring semesters, and a minimum of six credits for the summer semester.

Graduate Students

How many units do I need to take to be considered a full-time student at the graduate level?

You will receive the full housing allowance if you are registered for a minimum of six credits for the fall and spring semesters, and a minimum of four credits for the summer semester.

What happens if my VA benefit is not enough to cover my cost?

The enrollment certification team will continue to review your eligibility to participate in the yellow ribbon program. The university also offers a semester installment payment plan, or you may apply for an unsubsidized loan via the FAFSA. View additional scholarship information »