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Contact: Shari Smiljanic-Villa, Records Analyst & VA Certifying Official, 707-654-1200

California State University Maritime Academy is approved by the State of California as a training facility for veterans applying for VA educational benefits. The Office of the Registrar (located in the Student Services Building) provides Enrollment Certification services to new and currently enrolled veterans and dependents who are eligible for the GI Bill®.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Department of Veterans Affairs Information

Cal Maritime is proud to help veterans and their family in achieving their educational and career goals. A variety of programs have been pre-approved for tuition assistance for active and retired military, and qualified dependents.


Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.


For up-to-date information regarding VA Educational Benefits, veterans and dependents of veterans are encouraged to visit the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill® Website. Students who want to apply for VA Educational Benefits, or who need to request a change in program or place of training, can complete the required VA forms directly online at the GI Bill® Website for Veterans Benefits Administration.

  • Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits (veteran)
  • Form 22-5490 Application for VA Education Benefits (dependent)
  • Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program/Place of Training (veteran)
  • Form 22-5495 Request for Change of Program/Place of Training (dependent)

View a full listing of VA Educational Forms.

California Fee Waiver

The dependent child, spouse or unmarried surviving spouses of a service connected disabled or deceased veteran may be entitled to tuition and fee waiver benefits at any campus of the California State University system, University of California or a California Community College.  Further information can be found at California Department of Veterans Affairs.  To obtain complete eligibility requirements and assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

Applying for VA Benefits at Cal Maritime

Once a student becomes eligible (approved) to receive VA Educational Benefits, the following items should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar to start the Enrollment Certification process:

For further information regarding VA Educational Benefits, please contact Shari Smiljanic-Villa at  (707) 654-1200, or email

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