Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Spouses and children of permanently disabled or fallen service members may qualify for two kinds of educational benefits:

  1. PCC tuition waiver
  2. Survivors and Dependents Assistance

You can apply for one or both of these benefits. If you need help, please contact us.

PCC tuition waiver

PCC is honored to offer a tuition waiver to children and spouses of permanently disabled or fallen service members. With this waiver, you have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free associate degree.

Who is eligible
  • Applicants must be the dependent or spouse of a veteran who was killed or became permanently disabled as a result of active service in the Armed Forces, or died as a result of a service-connected permanent disability.
  • Dependents must begin using the waiver by the age of 23.
  • You must apply for the waiver within 21 years of the date of death or disability.
  • You must be a degree-seeking student with a declared major.
What the waiver covers
  • The waiver covers up to 135 credits or a degree/certificate (whichever comes first).
  • The waiver only pays for classes that satisfy degree requirements.
  • The waiver covers tuition, but not fees. See tuition and fees.
How to use the waiver:
  1. Get admitted

    If you haven't taken a class at PCC in the last two years, apply for admission.

  2. Apply for waiver

    Complete the waiver application and submit documents. You only need to apply for the waiver once, not every term.

  3. Register for classes, pay fees

    Register for classes as early as you can. You'll get an email we post the waiver to your account (this usually happens the week before the payment due date). Then pay any fees not covered by the waiver.

How the waiver is applied to your account

If you have other sources of funding (such as financial aid or scholarships), contact the Veterans Education Benefits Office or Student Account Services to discuss how the waiver will affect your account.

In short, here is how the waiver is applied:
  • If the veteran was killed while on active duty, or died as a result of a service-connected permanent disability, the waiver is applied to your account in addition to other funding, such as financial aid or scholarships.
  • If the veteran became permanently disabled while on active duty, or died as the result of a disability that was not permanent, the waiver is only applied to tuition that is not already covered by other funding, such as financial aid or scholarships.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance

Veterans Affairs provides educational stipends to spouses and dependents of permanently disabled and fallen service members through the Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program. To begin this benefit, follow all the steps for applying for veterans benefits, starting with Step 1: Apply with the VA.