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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

April 13, 2022 (Summer 2022)

 


New Students:


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CERTIFICATION LINKS


Online Certification Request

for continuing students

Click Here for COVID-19 Related Updates on Benefits/BAH 

to confirm if your courses will count as online or in-person


(you will be prompted to sign in to your MyCoast)

If you have already been certified for the term and are reporting changes (i.e. adding or dropping a course), please use the ADD/DROP NOTIFICATION form (below) instead.



Add/Drop Notification

to report changes in enrollment after initial certifiction

 (you will be prompted to sign in to your MyCoast)

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COUNSELING LINKS 


Veteran/Dependent 

Counseling Appointments:

If your question relates to Benefits, please reach out the Certifying Officials first, as the Counselor does not handle certification.








COVID-19 Updates (as of 1/2/22)


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.


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

Winter/Spring 2022: On December 21, 2021, President Biden signed the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions Act or the REMOTE Act into law. Section two of this law extends the various COVID-19 protections for GI Bill® students from December 21, 2021, to June 1, 2022. Students who attend a course that was converted to online training because of COVID-19, will continue to receive the resident housing rate until June 1, 2022. Students using CH 33 or CH 31 benefits must have at least one in-person course to prevent BAH from being calculated at a reduced rate.


If your course does not have any physical, in-person component (as indicated on the class schedule), the course will be certified as online, unless it is listed as a converted course below. All courses listed below will be certified as in-person:


Intersession 2022 (Online courses that count as in-person for BAH)


Spring 2022 (please check back soon)







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LOCATION:

Watson Hall, 1st Floor

 

HOURS:

8am-5pm, Monday-Friday (virtual)

9am-4:30pm, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (in-person; see Enrollment Center Hours)

Most processes require completing online forms via our website; please utilize this page for information on using benefits at OCC. Please contact us via email for the quickest response. If you contact us by phone, please leave a message so we can return your call.


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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 

Note: Phone calls are reserved for students who have scheduled appointments. If you need to speak with the counselor, please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT via the link to left. 


On-Campus and Community Resources:

Veterans Brochure.pdf


Click here for BAH RATES (effective 10/1/21)*

*Note: BAH rates update 8/1 each year for CH 33/31 students. All other chapters update 10/1.


CalVet 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. ​