Financial Aid Resources for Veterans

In addition to benefits received under the various Chapters of the GI Bill (30, 31, 35, 1606 & 1607), students who are eligible for VA educational benefits may also be eligible for federal financial aid and scholarships.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Learn how to apply for grants and loans as well and key dates and deadlines.

Chemeketa Scholars Program

Did you graduate from a local high school with a 3.5 GPA or better prior to entering the military? If so, you may qualify for the Chemeketa Scholars program and receive two years of free tuition.

Veteran Work Study Program

If you are a full- or 3/4-time student in a college degree or a vocational or professional program, you may apply for the VA's Student Work-Study Allowance Program. Work study positions are available to veterans and dependents in several agencies and offices in the community. Locations must be approved by the VA and services performed must be veteran related.

The work study allowance is equal to the State or Federal hourly minimum wage, whichever is greater.

Agencies and Departments who Hire VA Work Study Students

Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs 503.273.2085 or 1.800.692.9666
Oregon Employment Department 503.947.1394
Oregon Military Department 503.584.3980
Salem Vet Center 503.362.9911

Tuition Waivers

Chemeketa offers tuition waivers to eligible disabled veterans or dependents of fallen military personnel who are seeking a certificate or degree. The waiver is limited to two years of full time attendance or the completion of an associates degree, whichever comes first. The waiver does not cover books, fees or other expenses.

Your financial aid award may be reduced by the use of this waiver, so your first request must be submitted to the Chemeketa Veterans' Services Office no later than the week before each term's start date.

You only need to submit a waiver for your first term. The college will track registration and waive tuition the following terms.

Your waiver application should include the following-

  • Veteran’s cost of attendance (if applicable)
  • Proof of the Veteran's military service (DD Form 214)
  • Proof of the applicant's dependent status (DD Form 93, marriage or birth certificate)
  • Documentation of the Veteran's service connected disability rating as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs

Disabled Oregon Veterans

Tuition waiver application

The college waives tuition (not covered by any other agency or government sponsored program) of veterans who are identified as totally and permanently disabled (100 percent) as a result of military service and who are residents of Oregon at the time of application for the waiver.

The waiver is offered for up to two years of full-time attendance or a degree (which ever comes first). The waiver does not cover books, fees or other expenses.

Adequate documentation must be attached to the application and should include the following-

  • Proof of the Veteran's military service (DD Form 214)
  • Documentation of the Veteran's service connected disability rating as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Oregon Dependents of Fallen or Disabled Service Personnel

Tuition waiver application

The college will provide a tuition waiver to the certain family members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and Coast Guard who-

  • Died while on active duty
  • Died as a result of a 100% service connected disability
  • Is rated as 100% disabled by the U.S Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Died as a result of a service connected disability certified as less than 100%

Who Qualifies?

  • Spouse- Must submit the tuition waiver request within ten years of a formal determination of a 100% service connected disability or death of the service member. You will loose eligibility for the waiver upon remarriage.
  • Children- Age 23 and under, including adoptive and step-children, must submit the tuition waiver request before age 23.

Once eligibility has been established, the college will apply the waiver either on a first dollar or last dollar basis based on the following criteria-

First Dollar

Tuition waivers will be applied as "first dollar" (without considering other resources) when the military member died while on active duty or as a result of a 100% service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Eligible students will receive a first dollar tuition waiver as long as they do not receive the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship.

Last Dollar

All other eligible students shall be granted a waiver as "last dollar" in coordination with other student financial assistance, including GI Bill benefits for which the recipient may be eligible, utilizing other grant resources before applying the waiver in order to provide a benefit that does not exceed the total estimated cost of attendance.

For More Information

If you would like additional information, please contact us at 503.399.5004 or via e-mail. You may also fax us at 503.399.3908.