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If you are a veteran or veteran’s dependent, follow the steps below to begin your academic or technical degree at a college of DCCCD. 

The order of steps is slightly different at each college of DCCCD. Check with the Admissions/Registrar's Office at the college of your choice for specific directions. 

  1. Apply for admission at the DCCCD college of your choice. 
  2. Request official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended and ask that they be sent to the Admissions⁄Registrar's Office at the college you would like to attend. Official military transcripts and DD214s are required for all military students (active duty and veterans). Find out where you can request your military records and learn what transcripts you’ll need to submit to your college. 
  3. Participate in an orientation session at the college you plan to attend. 
  4. Take an assessment test through the counseling division of your college. 
  5. See your college academic advisor. Discuss which degree plan would best fit your educational goals. To receive veterans benefits, you must follow your official degree plan that is on file with us. 
  6. Register for classes at the college of DCCCD of your choice. 
  7. Bring us a copy of your tuition account summary (eConnect - login required). Once you have paid in full for your classes or set up a payment plan, you will need to bring a copy of your tuition account summary to the Veterans Affairs Office. Please be aware that as a veteran or dependent, you must pay tuition in full or set up a payment plan before your VA benefits can be processed.  
  8. Apply for your VA benefits if you haven't done so already.
The process for requesting certification from a college of DCCCD depends on your individual situation. Once you have been certified to receive benefits, you will need to verify your enrollment in school each month at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' W.A.V.E. (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) website. Download the application that applies to your circumstances. 
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Making Course Changes: Before making any changes, such as adding classes, dropping classes, changing your academic major or making a course substitution, visit the Veterans Affairs Office to find out how these changes could affect your VA education benefits. Also, be sure to let the Veterans Affairs Office know if your contact information changes.

Developmental Classes: Developmental classes are designed to help you gain the skills you need to succeed in college-level classes. If you enroll in a developmental reading, writing, and/or math course, you will only receive GI benefits for these courses if you did not pass the college assessment test (e.g., TASP, ACCUPLCACER, MAPS, Compass, ASSET). If you have passed it and you are still required to take a developmental course, we need a signed letter from the dean of that department in order for you to receive benefits for the developmental class(es).

Flex Entry and Fast Track Classes: Flex entry classes have schedules that are different from regular
semester-length classes, while Fast Track classes let you complete the requirements for some degrees in a one-year time frame. You can receive payments for enrolling in flex entry and fast track classes. However, you are only paid for the period of time you are attending these classes. Your benefits could be altered when you start or stop attending a flex entry or fast track class.

Repeating Courses: If you have received a grade of F, N, I, W or WX and repeat the course, you may or may not receive benefits for that course. At the colleges of DCCCD, a grade of D counts as passing
unless otherwise indicated on your official degree plan.

Continuing Benefits: It is your responsibility to request that the Veterans Affairs Office certify your enrollment to the Department of Veterans Affairs each semester that you are enrolled. The Department of Veterans Affairs must receive a certification of your enrollment from your college’s Veterans Affairs Office before any benefits will be paid. In most cases, a copy of your tuition account summary and Certification Request Form (PDF - 184KB) will provide our office with the information necessary to prepare an enrollment certification.

Work-Study: Are you interested in working part time in the Veterans Affairs Office on campus? Please fill out the VA Work-Study application (PDF - 928KB) and contact your college’s VA Office for more information.