Using Your GI Bill® and Educational Benefits
Our Veteran Services team will work to assist you each step of the way in order to utilize your educational benefits at Contra Costa College. Check out our Steps to Success Checklist to get started!
To use your VA Educational Benefits, all Steps to Success, if applicable, MUST be completed before your enrollment can be certified with the VA for the semester.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Chapter 31: Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) previously Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Please visit the GI Bill® website to find more information on your educational benefit eligibility, or call the Educational Benefits toll-free number: 888-442-4551
GI Bill® Resources
Steps to Success
Very Important: If you have any questions about the Steps to Success below and to avoid delays in certification, be sure to contact the Veterans Services staff at email@example.com.
Schedule an Intake Appointment with the Veterans Services Office
Contact us to get started!
firstname.lastname@example.org |510.215.4866|Student + Adminstration Building (SAB) 109
Complete an Application for CCC
Complete Application for VA Educational Benefits
This application is done at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
- Go to the “Education & Training” tab
- Click “For Students”
- Click “Get Started”
Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply Now
CCC school code: 001190
If you are determined ineligible due to a Estimate Family Contribution (EFC) letter inquire with the Office of Financial Assistance about the “Reduction in Income” process.
Provide Admissions & Records with Official Transcripts
Provide CCC with official transcripts from any colleges you attended before, during or after your military service.
Please note – All official transcripts must be evaluated before a student can be certified for a second semester and beyond.
Complete the Online Orientation
Orientation is offered online through self-paced modules where you will learn a wealth of information about programs, classes, support services, and campus policies.
This step is required to receive priority (early) registration. COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION
Determine your Placement level
Placement is one of the most important steps in the enrollment process. At Contra Costa College, we want to help you succeed and part of your success as a college student depends on enrolling in courses that match your abilities and skills.
Get into the math, English, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Spanish classes that are right for you!
To find out your math and/or English course placement(s), you have two options: self-reported or guided self-placement. COMPLETE PlACEMENT
This step is required to receive priority (early) registration.
Key Documents for Submission
If you plan to use VA Educational Benefits Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, or 1606, you must submit the following documents before your classes can be certified.
Please be aware that any delays in document submission can result in processing delays.
- DD-214 Member 4 copy
- Reservists using Chapter 1606 will need to submit the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
- Certificate of Eligibility – Obtained from the VA after applying for education benefits online or by mail.
- VA Student Statement of Responsibility – New or Returning students must submit online via InSite Portal under CCC Student Forms.
- Educational Plan (Ed Plan) – Schedule an appointment to meet with a CCC veterans counselor to complete a comprehensive educational plan by calling 510.215.3935.
VA Request for Benefit Certification – After you register for your courses, you will need to complete a VA Education Benefits Certification Request every semester that you wish to have your courses certified with the VA; benefits do not automatically roll over to the next semester. You are RESPONSIBLE to notify the Veterans Office within 30 days of any changes to your enrollment.
- Only courses that are listed on your Ed Plan and are required for your educational goal will be certified.
Call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888.442.4551 for questions regarding your education benefits.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.