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Hours:
Fall and Spring
Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Intersession and Summer
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Phone: (714) 895-8306

Location:
1st floor, Student Services Center

Important Links:

Request for Certification:
Every semester request to certify classes for students using educational benefits.
Request for Certification Form

Parent School Letter Request:
Request to certify classes students are taking at another school.
Parent School Letter (PSL) Request Form

Add/Remove Certified Classes:
Request to add/remove classes from current certifications.
Add and/or Drop Classes Form

Veterans Certification/Benefit Information


Golden West College is dedicated to providing veterans the support they need to make a seamless transition from their military service to their personal commitment to themselves, their families, and their communities through a college education. Let’s get started! 

Getting Started

Familiarize yourself with the different VA educational benefits.

As a veteran or service member, you may be eligible to use educational benefits from more than one GI Bill™ program. It’s important to understand the difference between programs and choose the one that’s best suited to your educational goals.  The VA’s decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits: GI Bill™ Education Programs
The VA’s education programs include:

If you have questions about benefits, speak to a VA representative at the VA’s Education Call Center in Muskogee, OK.  Call 888 442 4551.

Very Important:
The decision to relinquish benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill™ (Chapter 30) for the Post 9/11 GI Bill™ (Chapter 33) is irrevocable. Contact the Education Call Center in Muskogee, OK, at 888 442 4551, for assistance.

A Veteran participating in the VR&E (Chapter 31) Program who qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill™ (Chapter 33) benefits can elect to receive the GI Bill™ rate of pay instead of the regular Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. In most cases, the GI Bill™ rate is higher than the regular Chapter 31 rate of pay. To elect the GI Bill™ rate, the Veteran must have remaining eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill™, and must formally choose (or “elect”) the GI Bill™ rate.

Admissions Information

The academic year is divided into four sessions: fall semester, extending from August through December; Intersession, if offered, during the month of January; spring semester, from February through May; and summer session, from approximately June through mid- August. Check the college website for application filing periods.

The application for admission is available on-line www.goldenwestcollege.edu.

New and returning students who have been absent for two or more semesters must submit a new application online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the application filing period in order to have time to complete all the requirements to be eligible for a priority registration appointment.

New and returning students will receive information via email on how to log in to MyGWC, the college’s student/ faculty web portal once their applications are processed. The email will also include the student ID number and outline the steps required to secure the best possible registration appointment.

Checklist for New & Returning Students [PDF]

Admissions, Registration, and Certification Procedures

1. Apply for Admission online

  • Once you receive your admissions email, check your residency status: if you were flagged as a nonresident, follow up ASAP.  The VA does not pay nonresident fees.

Nonresident status may have been assigned based on incorrect information on your admissions application. If you are a veteran and your home of record is California or you separated in California, submit a copy of your DD214 Member 4 to the Residency Clerk in the Enrollment Center.

If you are an active service member stationed in California, submit your orders to the Residency Clerk to see if you qualify for an exemption.

If you are a nonresident using Post 9/11(Chapter 33) or Montgomery GI Bill™ (Chapter 30) educational benefits, you may qualify for a waiver under Section 702 of the federal Veterans Choice Act of 2014 and California’s Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACA). Contact the School Certifying Official in Veterans Enrollment Services for more information.

2. Order Transcripts

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and training institutes must be sent to the Golden West College Enrollment Center. Transcripts must be evaluated before meeting with a counsellor for a Student Education Plan (SEP).

Most colleges are able to send transcripts directly to Golden West College. Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Golden West College
ATTN: ENROLLMENT CENTER
15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach CA 92647-3103

Transcripts can also be sent electronically to gwctranscripts@gwc.cccd.edu. Please note that the transcript must come directly from a trusted transcript provider, not the student.

Students may also deliver transcripts to the Enrollment Center or Veteran Services so long as they are sealed, official transcripts. Please write your student ID number on the envelope before turning it in.

3. Assessment

  • If you have no prior college or you have not taken Math and/or English college level classes, you will have to complete the assessment process.  This may include taking assessment tests.  Consult the Assessment Center for more information.
  • If you have successfully completed math and English (with a “C” or better) at another accredited college, you may not need to take the placement tests – your transcripts may be used for course placement in English and math classes and to meet matriculation requirements.

4. Meet with a GWC Counselor

  • A Student Education Plan (SEP) is required for VA certification purposes.
  • Veterans and service members who are currently attending GWC can schedule an SEP appointment by calling Counseling at 714-895-8119 ext. 1. Be sure to identify yourself as a veteran when making the appointment.
  • Veterans who are not currently attending GWC must contact Veteran Enrollment Services before contacting Counseling.

5. Eligibility for priority registration
All students are subject to the provisions of SB 1456.
New and returning students who have completed college orientation, assessment and developed education plans, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units (not including units in basic English, math or English as a Second Language), have enrollment priority over students who do not meet these criteria.
Priority registration will be determined as follows:

  • 1st Priority – Active duty military, veteran students, and current and former foster youth
  • 2nd Priority – Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS), Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS), and CalWORKs recipients.
  • 3rd Priority – Continuing students in good standing and new students

Under the provisions of California Education Code Section 66025.8

(a) GWC will grant priority registration to any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is a resident of California, and who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended for four academic years after he or she has left state or federal active duty, which he or she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty.

(b) A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the State Military Reserve who received a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge is not eligible for priority registration for enrollment pursuant to this section.

In order to receive priority registration, students must present their DD214 or Military ID to the School Certifying Official. Veterans who cannot locate their DD-214 may order a new copy from the National Archives.

6. Register and Pay for Classes
To register for classes, login to your MyGWC account with your username and password. Instructions for using the online registration system are available at GWC Help Desk.

All fees are due at the time of registration. Failure to pay all fees may result in being dropped from classes for nonpayment. If you receive financial aid after paying your fees, you will be reimbursed.

Students who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill™ (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31) are not required to pay fees at the time of registration.  To avoid being dropped for nonpayment, request a fee deferral immediately after registration.

7. Request To Be Certified
If you plan to use any VA educational benefits, you must request to be certified. Complete the Request for Certification online.

Certifications are submitted in the order in which they are received. To prevent delays in receiving benefits, students are advised to complete their paperwork as soon as possible.

Military Records Needed

Documents required to complete the certification will depend on the benefit you’re using.

Students with NO prior college credits Students with prior college credits
CHAPTER 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill™
DD 214 Copy Member-4
Certificate of Eligibility
Joint Services Transcript
DD 214 Copy Member-4
Certificate of Eligibility
All original College transcripts (in a sealed envelope)
Joint Services Transcript
CHAPTER 30 – Montgomery GI Bill™
DD 214 Copy Member-4
Joint Services Transcript
DD 214 Copy Member-4
All original College transcripts (in a sealed envelope)
Joint Services Transcript
CHAPTER 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
DD 214 Copy Member-4
VA 28-1905
Joint Services Transcript
DD 214 Copy Member-4
VA 28-1905
All original College transcripts (in a sealed envelope)
Joint Services Transcript
CHAPTER 35 – Dependent of Eligible Veteran
Disabled/deceased veteran’s information (name, military service number)
VA Certificate of Eligibility (if available)
Disabled/deceased veteran’s information (name, military service number)
All original College transcripts (in a sealed envelope)
CHAPTER 1606 – Selected Reserve
DD-2384 Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
if available
Joint Services Transcript
DD-2384 Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) if available
All original College transcripts (in a sealed envelope)
Joint Services Transcript

Joint Services Transcripts (JST) can be ordered online. https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

Forms

For new students: Please print out and submit the Vets new student packet [PDF] to the Veterans Services Office located in the Enrollment Center before submitting any of the forms below. New students who have used Post 9/11 GI Bill™ benefits at another school must also complete the VA form 1995 [PDF]. Students who have used Chapter 35 Survivor’s Benefits at another school must complete the VA form 5495 [PDF].

For returning students: Please submit one and only one Request For Certification form for each semester. For our purposes, winter and summer sessions are separate semesters.

If you make a change to your schedule after submitting this form, use the Add/Remove Certified Classes form. All students attending Golden West College while using veteran’s educational benefits must submit a Request For Certification form each semester if they wish to be certified.

For GWC students taking a class at another college: Please submit the Request For Certification form along with the Parent School Letter Request form. Our office will contact the secondary school on your behalf to ensure they certify you. Please submit one form for each secondary school.  If your schedule changes, you must resubmit the Parent School Letter Requestform with your new class list. Be sure to indicate that you are changing your schedule on the form.

For guest students: Please contact your parent school and request they send us a Parent School Letter. Once we receive the PSL, we will certify your classes.

For students who have added or dropped a class: Students who have added or dropped a class after submitting a Request For Certification are required to use the Add/Remove Certified Classes form to report the change. Use your myGWC account to make the change before submitting this form.

If you add or drop a class at another college after submitting your Parent School Letter Request form, please resubmit the form with your current classes.

For students with waitlisted classes: Our office recommends you wait until you are registered in at least 7 units before requesting certification. If you have registered for more than 7 units, please submit the Request For Certification form for the classes you’ve already added.  When you add the waitlisted classes, submit the Add/Remove Certified Classes form.

For students who are considered non-residents: There are many reasons why a new student may be considered as a California non-resident. If you have been discharged within the last 3 years and are using either the post 9/11 GI Bill™ (Chapter 33) or the Montgomery GI Bill™ (Chapter 30), you may qualify for in-state tuition under the Veterans Accountability and Choice Act. You must complete the VACA form [PDF] and submit it to the Veteran Services office along with a copy of your DD214-member-4 and your Certificate of Eligibility. If you have questions about residency, call (714) 895-8179.

Request For Certification – Request to certify classes for students using educational benefits.

Parent School Letter Request – Request to certify classes students are taking at another school.

Add/Remove Certified Classes – Request to add/remove classes from current certifications.

Vets new student packet [PDF] – For students using benefits who have not previously attended Golden West College.

VA form 1995 [PDF] – For students who have used benefits (30,31,33, 1606, 1607) at another school before coming to Golden West College. This form must also be completed whenever a student changes their major.

VA form 5495 [PDF] – For students who have used Chapter 35 Survivor’s benefits at another school before coming to Golden West College. This form must also be completed whenever a chapter 35 student changes their major.

VACA form [PDF]– For students applying for in-state tuition under the Veteran’s Accountability and Choice Act. Submit this form to either the Veterans Services Office or Residency along with your DD214-4 and Certificate of Eligibility.

Education Benefits

  1. To apply for benefits, complete the application online. https://www.vets.gov/education/apply/
  2. In order to claim benefits, the student must have, as an educational objective, one of the following
  3. Associate Degree
  4. Certificate Program
  5. Request to be Certified online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewphFgG1oc6meoQPIe2DA7dsUDgSlWbPvaZUir4CU_PpbCLg/viewform

VA requires schools to all evaluate credits from all colleges and universities attended previously. Official (sealed) transcripts must be submitted as soon as possible after applying for admission. Students can then meet with a counselor to create a Student Education Plan (SEP).

Failure to submit transcripts or meet with a counselor for an SEP will delay certification for benefits.

Only courses directly applicable to their education program at Golden West College can be certified for VA education benefits. Transfer courses that are not required for their degree at Golden West College cannot be certified for benefits.

  1. In order to ensure continuity of benefits, satisfactory progress must be made toward the stated major.
  2. Regular and prompt attendance in all class and laboratory sessions is expected of every student.
  3. Students using benefits must notify Veterans Enrollment Services of any changes in schedule immediately. To avoid overpayments, changes must be reported to the VA Processing Office promptly. If an overpayment occurs, the student will receive notice of a debt to the VA.

FAQs


Veterans Services is staffed by GWC school employees. We do not represent the VA: there are many questions we cannot answer.  Call the VA’s Education Call Center in Muskogee, OK, at 888 442 8551 for authoritative answers from a VA representative.  You may also find answers on the VA’s website http:/www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

How do I apply for VA educational benefits?

Veterans and dependents using CH33 Post 9/11 Transfer of Eligibility apply for educational benefits online at http:/www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ using the VONAPP (VA Form 22 1990).  Dependents using CH35 Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program apply for benefits using VA Form 22 5490.

I am a nonresident. Will the VA pay my nonresident fees?

The VA will not pay nonresident fees.  However, recent changes under both Section 702 of the federal Veterans Choice Act of 2014 and California’s Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACA) waive nonresident tuition for qualifying veterans and dependents using CH30 Montgomery or CH33 Post 9/11 benefits while living in California.  A “covered individual” is defined as:

1. A veteran eligible for educational assistance under either the Montgomery GI Bill™-Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or Post-9/11 GI Bill™ education benefit programs who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the community college within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

2. An individual eligible for transferred education benefits under either the Montgomery GI Bill™- Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or Post-9/11 GI Bill™ education benefit programs who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the community college within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

3. An individual eligible for transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill™ benefits while the transferor is on active duty who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) as described in 38 USC 3679(c)(2)(B)(ii)(II). The 3-year enrollment period limitation does not apply to eligible dependents of active duty service members.
This is a new “covered individual” category which was added by the December 2016 VACA Act change.

4. An individual eligible for benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship (provides Post-9/11 GI Bill™ benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty) who resides (lives) in California (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
Prior to the December 2016 VACA Act change, individuals using the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship were required to enroll within 3 years of the service member’s death, and there was a requirement that the deceased service member’s death in the line of duty followed a period of active duty service of 90 days or more. These two requirements were deleted effective July 1, 2017.

5. If applicable, after expiration of the three year period following discharge as described in 38 U.S.C. 3679(c)(2)(B)(i) or (c)(2)(B)(ii)(II), a student who qualifies under the applicable requirements above shall maintain “covered individual” status as long the student remains continuously enrolled at the community college, even if the student enrolls in multiple programs, and the student shall continue to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees that are exclusively applicable to nonresident students. “Continuously enrolled” means enrolled for at least the fall and spring semesters of an academic year, or for at least three of the quarters in an academic year for an institution using the quarter system (pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5 section 55701, the academic year does not include summer or other intersessions).

If you believe you qualify, contact Veterans Services or the GWC residency clerk for the VACA exemption form.  You will also need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, DD214 and one proof of residence

How long do I have to wait before I know if I’m eligible for benefits?

Allow 6 to 8 weeks for the VA to process your application. Once approved, the VA will send a Certificate of Eligibility confirming your eligibility for benefits.  Veterans Services will need a copy for your file.

How much will I be paid?

Compensation questions should be directed to the VA’s Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

How do I change my DD info?

You can change your account through eBenefits or by calling the VA at 1 800-827-1000.

When will I receive my allowance?

GI Bill™ benefits are based on school attendance or rate of pursuit and are paid in arrears. If a school term ends midmonth, expect to receive a prorated payment at the end of the month.  Depending on the option chosen, you will be paid by direct deposit or receive a check via USPS.

Why should I opt for direct deposit?

Payments by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer are strongly encouraged. If you have a checking or savings account, Direct Deposit is a simple, safe option to receive your education benefits. Also, errors involving Direct Deposit can be corrected more quickly than a check can be reissued.

What is the monthly housing allowance for students using Post 9/11 benefits?

The Monthly Housing Allowance payment amounts for those using Post 9/11 (CH33) benefits are based on the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for an “E-5 with dependents” for the zip code of the school. BAH rates can be found at the following website: www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html. The housing allowance is only payable when the rate of pursuit is more than 50%, and the student is not on active duty.

The housing allowance is prorated based on a student’s benefit level and may be further reduced based on the rate of pursuit rounded to nearest multiple of 10.

Students whose enrollment is exclusively distance learning (online) will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average for all Basic Allowances for Housing.

Are VA educational benefits taxable?

Veterans benefits paid under any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs should not be reported as income to the Internal Revenue Service.  You will not receive a W-2 from the VA.

Am I eligible for Unemployment Compensation?

Each state has its own rules about how to qualify and how to apply to apply.  If you’ve recently left the military, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members (UCX) http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/ucx.asp

What is W.A.V.E.?

W.A.V.E. is the VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment.   Students using CH 30, 1606, and 1607 benefits must self-certify their attendance at the end of each month by using W.A.V.E or calling the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.

No payment can be made until the month is over and you verify that you were still in attendance for that month.

What is eBenefits?

eBenefits is a joint VA/DoD web portal that provides resources and self-service capabilities to veterans, service members, and their families to research, access and manage their VA and military benefits and personal information.

After creating an account, you can use eBenefits to set up a profile, add and manage favorite links, access military personnel records such as your DD 214, view healthcare information, and more.

To set up a basic or premium account, go to www.ebenefits.va.gov

Does GWC give veterans priority registration?

ALL students must complete orientation, placement testing, and have a Student Education Plan (SEP) in order to be granted priority registration.
GWC will grant first level priority to a student who has met these criteria and who is:

(a) a member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is a resident of California, and who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended for four academic years after he or she has left state or federal active duty, which he or she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty.

(b) A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the State Military Reserve who received a dishonorable discharge or a bad-conduct discharge is not eligible for priority registration for enrollment pursuant to this section.
Proof of current military status (military ID or DD214 Member 4) must be submitted to the Veterans Services Office.
It is important to remember:

  • once students have completed 100 or more units, they will lose their registration priority;
  • students must remain in good academic standing to receive priority registration.
Why do I need a Student Education Plan?

In order to qualify for priority registration, all students must have met with a counsellor for a Student Education Plan (SEP).  Veterans must submit official transcripts from all schools attended previously before scheduling their appointment.

Why do I need to submit official transcripts?

VA requires schools to all evaluate credits from all colleges and universities you’ve attended previously.  Official (sealed) transcripts must be submitted as soon as possible after applying for admission.  After transcripts have been evaluated, the counsellor will meet with the student to create a comprehensive Student Education Plan. Failure to submit transcripts will delay certification for benefits.

How do I send transcripts to GWC Records?

VA requires schools to evaluate all prior credit for all students using GI Bill™ benefits. Students must submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. There are several ways to do this. Most colleges are able to send the transcript directly to Golden West College. Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Golden West College
ATTN: ENROLLMENT CENTER
15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach CA 92647-3103

Transcripts can also be sent electronically to gwctranscripts@gwc.cccd.edu. Please note that the transcript must come directly from a trusted transcript provider, not the student.

Students may also deliver transcripts to the Enrollment Center or Veteran Services so long as they are sealed, official transcripts. Please write your student ID number on the envelope before turning it in.

Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Advisories

A Prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before enrollment in a course. A Corequisite is a condition of enrollment consisting of a course that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course. Math and science lectures often have corequisite labs. An Advisory or Recommended Preparation is a condition of enrollment that is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program. Because advisories are not degree applicable, these classes cannot be certified for educational benefits.

What about credit for military service?

Based on a review of the DD214 #4, the college recognizes and grants academic credit to veterans who completed a minimum of one year of active honorable service in the armed forces.  This credit includes 3 units for AA Degree Area E—Self Development on the GWC General Education pattern, or Area E—Self Development on the California State University General Education Pattern (CSDU GE Breadth).  Three additional units of elective credit are awarded toward the GWC AA Degree to equal a total of 6 units.

The School Certifying Official says some of my classes can’t be certified.

Only courses that satisfy program requirements as outlined by the curriculum can be certified for VA purposes.  Remedial, pre requisite and co-requisite classes can be certified for educational benefits.

What should I do if there is a change in my enrollment?

Changes in enrollment should be reported immediately to your School Certifying Official.  The SCO will report the changes to the VA Regional Processing Office. If the VA does not receive prompt notice of a change, you will be liable for any overpayment of benefits.

For any changes made after you’ve submitted your Request for Certification, use the Add/Remove Certified Classes form.

What happens if I change my enrollment?

Changes in enrollment should be reported immediately to your School Certifying Official.  The SCO will report the changes to the VA Regional Processing Office. If the VA does not receive prompt notice of a change, you will be liable for any overpayment of benefits.

For any changes made after you’ve submitted your Request for Certification, use the Add/Remove Certified Classes form.

Can I take classes at another school while attending GWC?

Yes.  You can receive benefits for class/es taken concurrently if the classes are equivalent to GWC class/es required to complete your educational program. Submit a Parent School Letter Request Form to GWC Veterans Services (your primary school). Veterans Services will send a Parent School Letter (PSL) to the secondary school authorizing them to certify the class/es for educational benefits. You will be a guest student.
If the secondary school is outside the Coast Community College District, you must submit official transcripts after grades are posted.

I’m confused about CH33 Post 9/11 educational benefits.
  • The student’s length of creditable active duty service determines the percentage of benefits that will be paid under the Post 9/11 GI Bill™.
  • Rate of pursuit applies specifically to CH33. VA calculates rate of pursuit by dividing the number of credit (or credit hour equivalents) pursued by the number of credit considered to be full-time by the school.  The resulting percentage is the student’s rate of pursuit.
  • A monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student at the beginning of each month for training during the previous month.
    • Housing is paid if the student’s rate of pursuit is more than 50%.   To determine what will be paid to the student, the BAH rate will be multiplied by the rate of pursuit and rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.
    • Students whose enrollment is exclusively distance learning (online) will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average for all Basic Allowances for Housing.
    • Active duty personnel (including those on terminal leave) and their spouses utilizing transferred entitlement are not eligible for housing.  Once separated from active duty, students (and their spouses) will become eligible to receive the monthly housing allowance on the first day of the month following separation.
  • The amount payable for housing is based on the military’s BAH rates for an E-5 with dependents.  The rate is adjusted yearly and becomes effective at the beginning of the academic year (August 1).

As of August 1, 2017, the rate paid to students attending GWC will be based on $2615 per month of full time attendance for those students who have at least one class on campus.

  • The books and supplies stipend pays $41.67 per credit certified, to a maximum of $1000 per academic year beginning August 1.
  • Interval pay was eliminated in August 2011. This means that the housing allowance is paid only for the time the student is enrolled in school.
  • Mandatory fees–charged to all students at the time of registration–are covered by CH33 educational benefits. This includes charges such as college service, health, representation and course material fees, but does not include parking permits, uniforms and tools.
What do I do with my CalVet fee waiver?

In recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans while serving our country with honor, the State of California may grant their dependents a tuition fee waiver while attending a California Community College, a campus of the California State University system, or a campus of the University of California System.  The waiver is valid for one academic year, so students must reapply each year.  In addition to submitting an application to the California Department of Veterans Affairs, dependents should complete the Board of Governors Tuition Fee Waiver form available on the school’s website.
Please note: the Financial Aid Office recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which includes the BOG application. Students who have been approved for the CalVet tuition fee waiver should take their Authorization Letter to the Financial Aid Office. The CalVet waiver is for tuition only. Students must pay any and all remaining fees, or they will be dropped in accordance with the non-payment drop schedule.

For more information about this program, contact your local County Veterans Service Office.

I’m eligible for Tuition Assistance.

Active service members using Tuition Assistance should take their TA authorization form to the Director of Admissions & Records.  The office is located in the Enrollment Center.

Do I need a parking permit?

Yes. GWC is a pay to park site: all vehicles utilizing parking lots are required to display a valid permit at all times. Permits, which are sold by semester, are purchased online https://www.credentialsops.com/CGI-BIN/gacgiord.pgm?ALUMPP001206  or by day from the dispensers located in each lot.

Citations are issued for violations of the campus parking rules and regulations.

How do I get a copy of my DD214?

For information on replacing a DD214, go to this website: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Can I get a Veterans designation on my California Drivers License and ID?

The California DMV and CalVet have launched a new program honoring our veterans by allowing them to apply for a “Veteran” designation on their California drivers licenses and ID cards. As an added bonus, the new ‘Veteran’ designation means businesses can easily confirm Veteran status when offering discounts.”

  1. 1. Get Records. Find your military discharge certificate (DD214). If you need assistance obtaining your military records, then contact any County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO).
  2. 2. Visit Any CVSO. Take your DD214 and government identification to any CVSO to obtain your Veteran Status Verification Form. For faster CVSO service, you can make an appointment with any CVSO by calling 844-737-8838 or finding your local CVSO at www.calvet.ca.gov.
  3. 3. Visit Any DMV. Go online or call DMV for an appointment. Then bring your Veteran Status Verification Form to any DMV field office. Pay any application fees in addition to a $5.00 Veteran designation fee, and complete all application and testing requirements. To schedule an appointment at any DMV field office, visit www.dmv.ca.gov a or call 800-777-0133.

The DMV has set up a webpage specifically designed to assist Veterans, Active Military, and their families.

Hours:
Fall and Spring
Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Intersession and Summer
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Phone: (714) 895-8306

Location:
1st floor, Student Services Center