Follow these steps if you are currently or have previously been active in the armed forces, or are a dependent, and would like to receive VA education benefits.
Complete an online application at CCCApply.
Within 24 business hours, you will be emailed your new DVC student ID number, registration
date, important student account information, and a link to the online orientation.
This information will be sent to the email address you provided on your application.
Apply for financial aid. Students should also begin the financial aid process along with their DVC application, since this process can take some time to complete.
If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for aid such as grants, work-study, or loans.
If you are an undocumented student, who qualifies for AB-540 status, you should complete the California Dream Act Application to see if you are eligible for grants.
For more information about the financial aid process, tune into Financial Aid TV.
If you have any questions about these forms, please contact Veterans Services.
*If you are using post-9/11, you don't need to bring a proof of KICKER.
Submit official transcripts to Admissions and Records for each college and university you previously attended so they can be evaluated and applied to your education goal.
If you would like to use a completed class to fulfill a prerequisite, you will must submit the prerequisite form with official or unofficial transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office. It must be submitted at least three business days before your registration date to avoid registration delays. Transcripts must be attached even if you have already submitted your official transcripts.
After you receive your student ID number, you should complete the online orientation (también está disponible en español.) The orientation will provide you with important information about student services, the online student portal, programs, procedures and policies.
Check out our How To video for information about the Online Orientation:
Once you have completed the online orientation, it is time to get your English and math placements. If you are a graduating high school senior, or you graduated from a regionally accredited high school in the United States within the past ten years, you can use our Multiple Measures online tool for placement. If not, you can schedule an appointment online at our Assessment Center. Please note that some students may not be required to assess/place, please review our do I need to take an assessment page for more information.
Be aware: If you plan on enrolling in remedial classes (below college level), VA will only pay educational benefits if you test into a remedial level course.
After completing all steps listed above, including submitting all required documents and official transcripts to Admissions and Records, you must meet with a veterans counselor to create your educational plan.
To schedule an appointment, call 925-969-2140 and request to meet with a veterans counselor.
Although this is step seven, this step may fall earlier depending on your registration date. Contact Veterans Services if you have questions.
Although you may register for any courses, only courses on your education plan will be certified to VA.
Please note that some classes require a prerequisite. These can be found in the class schedule.
You will need to complete a request for certification every term as benefits do not automatically roll over to the next term. You are responsible for notifying Veterans Services within 30 days of any changes to your enrollment, including, adding, dropping or withdrawing from a class, stopping class attendance, or if the instructor dropped you from a class.