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Admission for Veterans and Dependents Using Veterans Educational Benefits

Veterans services are available to assist veterans, spouses, and children of disabled or deceased veterans who may be eligible for federal and/or state educational benefits.

Veterans and their dependents should contact American River College's Veterans Resource Center each semester to initiate benefits. Veterans will need to provide a copy of their DD-214 and other supporting documentation. Eligibility may take several weeks to process. Eligibility is determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA requires that all credit for previous education and training is on file at American River College. Veterans and dependents are required to submit transcripts from other institutions before they meet with their academic counselor at American River College. American River College will maintain a record of the previous education and training of veterans and eligible persons – and indicate where credit has been granted, if appropriate – and the student will be notified accordingly. An evaluation of prior credit will be recorded and granted appropriately on a VA Education Plan. All recipients of VA educational benefits are required to select a major and have a VA Educational Plan on record.

In most cases, all tuition and enrollment fees, miscellaneous fees, textbooks, and class supplies are paid for by the student and not by VA. The exception is students who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Students using Post 9/11 – Chapter 33, Transfer of Entitlement, Fry Scholarship, or Vocational Rehabilitation – Chapter 31 benefits must notify the Veterans Resource Center immediately after they enroll each semester to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of VA. Visit the GI Bill® website for more information on VA benefits. Disabled veterans who qualify for additional benefits should contact their VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor before they enroll in classes.