Proud to Serve Our Veterans
At Washington State Community College, we welcome the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. As a Veteran, you’ll find a number of specialized services to meet your needs including individual advising, converting military education to college credit, and connecting with other Veterans on campus. Plus, you’ll benefit from specialized skills development and career training opportunities.
Are you seeking a college degree? Job training? Maybe you're not sure what's the best way to use the skills you gained serving in the military. We can help. Years of military training can equal potential earned credit towards a degree or certificate program. We can also help connect you with a wide variety of educational assistance provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) - including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Transfer of Benefit, and Veterans Vocational Rehab. For more information on the GI Bill, go to http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
- Apply for your VA Education Benefits here. (If you have already applied for your benefits and have a Certificate of Eligibility, please skip to step 2.) Once the VA has determined your benefit eligibility, they will mail your official Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to you. You will then need to provide a copy of your COE to the school certifying official (SCO). Please note: It can take up to 30 days for the VA to process your education claim, so planning ahead is important. Starting 6-8 weeks before the semester starts is advised.
- Request your Joint Service Transcript (JST) and all transcripts from previously attended colleges. If you have attended another college or colleges, please have the official transcripts sent to the WSCC Records Office. Use one of the following links below to request your Joint Service Transcript:
- Complete an Admission Application for WSCC by visiting the Apply page. After you apply, please have your official high school transcript/high school equivalency (such as a GED) sent to the Admissions Office. Once that documentation is received, Admissions will send your acceptance letter via email and mail to your home address. After you get your email/letter, make sure to contact the Admissions Office for an initial admission appointment.
*If you need help with any part of the admissions process, please contact 740.568.1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply for Federal Financial Aid by completing a FAFSA here. Completing a FAFSA will determine your eligibility for federal student aid such as grants and loans. If you are eligible for federal student aid, it can be combined with your VA education benefits. It is always a good idea to apply for federal student aid, just in case there are delays in the VA benefit process.
*If you need help with any part of the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 740.376.0257 or email@example.com.
- Provide acceptable proof of military service to the SCO. Some examples of acceptable proof of military service includes:
- DD-214/215 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
- DD-256 – Discharge Certificate (for members of the Guard & Reserves)
- NGB Form 22/22a – Report of Separation and Military Service (for members of Army National Guard & Air National Guard)
*If you need replacement copies of any of these documents, please visit: here.
- Have you used VA education benefits at another school? If so, you’ll need to complete VA Form 22-1995 (for Veterans) or VA Form 22-5495 (for Dependents). These forms can be found on the VA website or you can pick one up from the Records Office.
- Meet with your advisor to register for classes. Your advisor will help set the path to your degree goal and make sure you stay on track. Once you have registered, complete the Veteran Benefit Authorization Form to request that your classes be certified by the SCO. This form will need to be filled out each semester that you’re enrolled if you want to use your education benefits.
*If you have any questions regarding your VA education benefits, please contact Heather McCullough at 740.568.1904 or at firstname.lastname@example.org