Request for Certification

Veterans Education & Transition Services

For new students: Please print out and submit the new student packet 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. Students who have used Chapter 35 Survivor’s Benefits at another school must complete the VA form 5495.

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 Certificationform 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 Request form 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(33) or the Montgomery GI Bill(30), you may qualify for in-state tuition under the Veterans Accountability and Choice Act. You must complete the VACA form and submit it to the Veteran Services office along with a copy of your DD214-member-4 and your Certificate of Eligibility. Any questions regarding residency can be answered by calling the residency expert Tim Allen at tallen@gwc.cccd.edu or (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.

New Student Packet – For students using benefits  who have not previously attended Golden West College.

VA form 1995 – 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 majors.

VA form 5495 – 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 majors.

VACA form – 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.