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Getting Started with G.I. Bill Education Benefits
Step 1 - Apply for Admissions
You may apply for admission to OCC via the online applicationAfter submitting, you will receive a confirmation email stating the application process will take 5-7 business days.  Once completed, you will receive another email stating you have been admitted to OCC and will include your OCC student ID# and MyOCC username and password. Note: Computers and assistance are available in the Enrollment Center located on the 1st floor of Watson Hall. 
 
Step 2 - Complete Eligibility Requirements
Completing eligibility requirements is required to receive priority registration. Eligibility requirements include:
     1) English and math assessment testing or completion of 
         college-level English and math coursework. Assessment 
         scores taken at another community college within the 
         last two-years may satisfy this requirement. Courses completed at a college or university outside the 
         Coast Community College District require transcripts (official or ​​​unofficial) to be submitted to              
         Enrollment Services along with a Pre/Corequisite Course Equivalency Request Form.
     2) Online orientation (MyOCC, Student Tab).
     3) Meet with a Veterans Academic Counselor and complete a DegreeWorks Student Education Plan 
         (SEP). Official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities must be submitted to Veterans  
         Services and evaluated prior to meeting the Veterans Academic Counselor.
     4) Have less than 100 degree applicable units within the Coast Community College District.
     5) Be in good academic and progress standing.
 
*You may view your Eligibility checklist on MyOCC.
 
Step 3 - Familiarize Yourself with the Different VA Benefits
Compare different VA education benefits and determine which best suits your needs by visiting the Comparison Tool/Payment Rates on the Department of Veterans Affairs​ website. Note: In some circumstances, the MGIB may provide better benefits than the Post 9/11 GI Bill program. VA and OCC are urging persons eligible for education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other programs to consider carefully which program is best for them before making an irrevocable selection.

Once you have selected your G.I. Bill educational program You may complete the VONAPP online or you may discuss the differences between the education chapters with the OCC Veterans Services staff.**  Staff is available to assistance you in completing the application for benefits. 
**Please note, if you complete the VONAPP online, it is important to follow the instructions carefully and print a copy of the completed application before exiting the session. Bring a copy of the printed VONAPP when you visit Veterans Services.

Step 4 - Attend A G.I. Bill Education Benefits Briefing
The G.I. Bill Education Benefits Briefing is a mandatory meeting for all student veterans who will utilize their G.I. Bill education benefits at OCC. The briefing is tailored to prepare student veterans (and dependents) to utilize G.I. Bill education benefits and to familiarize recipients of the benefits and responsibilities.

Briefings are held on Thursdays from 3-5pm in Watson Hall room 244 (2nd floor). Visit the Events Calendar page for the most update schedule, including any changes in date, time, location, or cancellations.

Before the briefing:
  • Order official transcripts from all prior colleges. If available, we recommend students have transcripts mailed to themselves and then hand-deliver them to Veterans Services. Transcripts must be sealed to be official. Electronic transcripts should be sent to the default recipient in the Enrollment Center.
  • Complete English and math assessment testing. Testing may also be cleared with an assessment test within the last two-years at another community college, or with transcripts show completion of college-level English and math courses from an accredited college or university.
  • Online orientation (found on MyOCC).

What to bring to the briefing:

  • DD-214 member-4 (veterans and service members only)
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • VA form 28-1905 (VRE only)

After the briefing: 

  • You will be scheduled an academic counseling appointment for the week following the briefing. Bring a copy of your signed SEP to Veterans Services. You may be required to complete VA form 22-1995 (22-5495 for dependents).
  • Submit any outstanding documents and forms.

Step 5 - Register for Classes with Veterans Priority
Veterans and service members are eligible to register with veterans priorityTo qualify for veterans priority registration a copy of the veterans or service member's DD-214 (member-4) must be submitted to Veterans Services and all eligibility requirements on MyOCC must be completed prior to the first date of registration. Visit the Events Calendar page​ or contact Veterans Services for priority registration dates. 

Step 6 - Tuition & Fees
OCC regulates tuition and fees each term with a "nonpayment drop policy," which is accessible from MyOCC to view on the OCC website. Students utilizing G.I. Bill education benefits are responsible for their tuition and fees as follows:

  • Post-9/11 - students will be placed on "contract" and have tuition and fees deferred to the VA (based on rate of eligibility) upon submitting their web s​schedule bill to Veterans Services. Web schedule bills must be submitted to Veterans Services prior to the drop date for nonpayment.
  • VRE - students must complete a Deferral Form with Veterans Services prior to registering for classes or when submitting their web schedule bill. Web schedule bills must be submitted to Veterans Services prior to the drop date for nonpayment. ​
  • All other education benefits do not include tuition and fees, and therefore must be paid in full by the student before the drop date for nonpayment.

Step 7 - Submit Web Schedule Bill to Veterans Services
Once registration is complete with a final schedule, print your Web Schedule Bill and bring it to Veterans Services. Upon receipt, Veterans Services will verify your courses are applicable to your declared educational object and can be certified to the VA. Courses are certified on a first-come first-served basis. Failure to submit your web schedule bill will result in delayed- or not receiving education benefits from the VA.