Getting Started with G.I. Bill® Education Benefits
Step 1 - Apply for Admissions
You may apply for admission to OCC via the online application
. After 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
2) Online orientation (MyOCC, Student Tab).
3) Meet with a Veterans Academic Counselor and complete a DegreeWorks Student Education Plan
(SEP). Offiical 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 checkiist 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 Affaris 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) up to utilize G.I. Bill education benefits and to familiarize recipients of the benefits and responsibilities.
G.I. Bill Education Benefits Briefings are held on Thursdays. *Visit the Events Calendar page for the most update schedule, including any changes in date, time, location, or cancellations.
Before attending the briefing:
- A copy of your DD-214 (Member 4) Veterans who cannot locate their DD-214 may order a new copy. Click here.
- Students who are on terminal leave may provide current military ID.
- A printed VONAPP (if completed online).
- Official or unofficial transcripts from colleges/universities previously attended.
- Certificate of Eligibility for Education Benefits if issued by the VA.
Upon your first visit with Veterans Services, we explain priority eligibility for registration which includes:
- Placement testing for math and English****
- On-line orientation
- Complete student Education Plan in DegreeWorks
- Course of Study
- Satisfactory progress
****If you have successfully completed English and/or math (with a "C" or better) at another accredited college, your transcripts may be used for assessment and may meet matriculation requirements.****
- Guide you to academic counselors who work specifically with veteran students.
- Provide introduction to financial aid.
- Complete an Enrollment Certification Request.
Provide detailed information regarding educational benefits and how they work.
Step 5 -Register for Classes.
As a veteran, you will be assigned veterans priority registration, which enables you to register for classes early, ensuring you have the opportunity to get the classes you need to complete your education plan. Veterans priority registration dates and times are posted for each semester in the Veterans Service Office and Veterans Resource Center. You can register for classes through MyOCC on and after your designated registration time.
In order to complete a term certification, you must submit a copy of your Web Schedule Bill to staff in Veterans Services. The certification initiates your benefits.
Step 6 - Pay for Classes.
Pay all fees at the time of registration, even if you anticipate receiving financial aid or Post 9/11 G.I. benefits. Failure to pay all fees may result in being dropped from classes for non-payment. If you're awarded financial aid or entitled to Post 9/11 G.I. benefits, once monies are posted to your MyOCC account, you will be reimbursed.
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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill