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Compton: Vet's daughter applying for school tuition fee waiver

By George Compton
Saturday, February 28, 2009

Q. My daughter will graduate from high school in June and she will need to use the California Fee Waiver to attend college. How and when can she apply for the waiver?

A. This office will send you an application for the fee waiver. The application requires basic information about you and your daughter. We need the data on you to verify that you have a service-connected disability. Once she starts college we will automatically send her an application for each year.

We will need a copy of your daughter's birth certificate to verify your relationship. If she is a stepdaughter we will also need a copy of your marriage certificate.

There is an income limit for the student. For the school year starting in the fall of 2009, the adjusted gross income limit is $11,201. There is no waiver on income; even one dollar over the limit will prohibit a fee waiver. If the student earned a little more than the limit, they should place the amount above that limit in a traditional IRA to lower their adjusted gross income.

We will need a copy of your daughter's tax return to compare her adjusted gross income with the income limit. If your daughter did not work and does not file for 2008, then we will need verification that she did not file.

The easiest way to get that verification is to go to the IRS Web site ( and download Form 4506-T, provide the required data and send it to the IRS.

Last year the IRS did not get the verification letters out until July, so be patient.

We cannot process the waiver until all documentation is provided. Because of the volume of applications, please allow us two weeks for processing. Last year over 500 students took advantage of this program.

Q. With the 9/11 GI Bill, tuition will be paid on a state-by-state basis. Do you have data on California?

A. The bill will pay $254 per credit hour with a maximum of $4,806 per term for colleges in California. The limit for other states can be found on the VA Web site.

— George Compton, a retired Army colonel, is the veterans service officer for the County of Ventura, Human Services Agency. Send your questions to Veterans Service Office, 1701 Pacific Ave., Suite 110, Oxnard, CA 93033, phone number 385-6366, fax 385-6371, or e-mail

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