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Veterans Services!


Our goal at OCC is to help you get there! We, along with the other valuable veteran staff on our team, serve veterans, reservists, service-persons, and spouses or dependents of veterans. Our office is primarily here to assist you with acquiring and using your G.I. education b​​​enefits while you achieve your educational goal, but if you find yourself in need of additional guidance or resources, please reach out to us! Whether your goal is to earn an Associate degree, Certificate of Achievement, or to transfer to a four year university, we sincerely welcome you and look forward to helping you along your journey to success!

 

 

VETERAN PRIORITY REGISTRATION

June 15th (Fall 2020)

 


New Students:




Veteran/Dependent 

Counseling Appointments:



Online Certification Request

(for continuing students)

 BAH & Online Classes (due to COVID-19): 

The VA will pay BAH based off how a course was initially setup to be conducted, prior to COVID-19 -- either in-person or online. If your course was originally scheduled to be in-person, they will pay you as such. This authority is in place through December 21, 2020. 


The Online Class Schedule does not accurately reflect if a course will be considered online, hybrid, or in-person for benefits.

***For a list of Fall 2020 classes that will be counted as in-person, please click here.***




Add/Drop Notification

(to report changes in enrollment after being certified)

 

 






COVID-19 Updates (as of 4/14/20)


Veteran Students/Dependents should check their student email regularly for updates from our office regarding remote procedures and benefits updates from VA.

 

Benefits Information: 

As more information is released, students will be updated via email by our office. For general information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on VA benefits and services, students may also access the FAQ provided by VA.

 

"EW"

An "EW" that is due to COVID-19 will prompt VA to automatically apply "mitigating circumstances". You should not owe back any BAH/Monthly stipend already received. Your BAH/monthly stipend rate will be adjusted based off the number of units you remain enrolled in going forward, effective the date you withdrawal. Entitlement will be charged for the days you were enrolled. If you have questions, please contact Veterans Services.

 

BAH & Online Classes

Legislation passed, which protects BAH rates due to COVID-19 in instances where classes were transitioned to online learning. The shift from in-person to online will not impact your BAH, so long as the courses were originally structured to be in-person. This authority is in place through December 21, 2020. Note: if you are registered in all online courses that were all originally set up to be online (prior to COVID-19), your BAH will be calculated at ½ the national average, per normal benefits administration. Due to COVID-19 changes to the Online Class Schedule, information regarding "Online" vs. "Hybrid" courses may not be processed the same as it would during a normal term. Please check with Veterans Services to determine how your classes will be paid out.

 

Cancelled Classes

Cancelled classes may be dropped from a student's schedule with either "Cancelled" or "Excused Withdrawl"; both are considered non-punitive, since you will not be receiving a grade/mark that impacts progress or GPA. COVID-19 impact will be reported and it should not impact benefits. You should not owe back money received.

 

Entitlement Charges

At this time, VA has indicated Entitlement (months of benefits) will not be replenished; months used for classes during COVID-19, regardless of dropping or not, will deduct months from your benefits as usual.

 

 

*Students are advised to contact our office with any questions regarding the impact of dropping courses prior to dropping via MyCoast *


Resources: 

Please contact Jonathan Jimenez, Veteran Student Equity Specialist, if you are in need of other resources or assistance during this time (jjimenez83@occ.cccd.edu  |  714-432-5063)



 


CalVet 2019 California Veterans Resource Book (Digital Book)


Orange Coast College is approved by the Bureau of School Approvals, the California State Department of Education, the Veterans Administration, and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to offer programs and services to veterans and eligible persons seeking benefits under all Federal and State laws. Orange Coast College follows the guidelines issued by the Council for Private and Post Secondary and the Vocational Education which apply to all institutions enrolling veterans and other eligible persons for veteran benefits. ​

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LOCATION:

Watson Hall, 1st Floor

 

HOURS*:

8am-5pm, Monday -Friday

During school closure for COVID-19, we have limited access to phones. Please contact us via email for the quickest response. If you must contact us by phone, please leave a message and we will return it as soon as possible.


Click Here for COVID-19 Related Updates on Benefits/Registration/Resources



STAFF:

Jami Jacobi

School Certifying Official

jjacobi4@occ.cccd.edu

714-432-0202 x26376

 

Kayden Nguyen

School Certifying Official

knguyen480@occ.cccd.edu

714-432-0202 x26645

 

Joseph Dyer

VA Workstudy Assistant

 

Alex Rojas

Veteran Counselor

714-432-6883 

(For Accessing Scheduled Appointments)


arojas33@occ.cccd.edu

Note: Email and phone inquiries should not be made for time sensitive issues. If your question or concern is urgent, please schedule an appointment through Veterans Services.