Cerro Coso Community College

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Military & Veteran's Affairs

Military Student Information

You make sacrifices for our nation. With Cerro Coso Community College, education does not have to be one of them!

Air Force GEM Program

Veteran Student Information

Cerro Coso Community College maintains a full-time program of Veterans’ services to assist veteran students and their dependents. The staff of the Counseling Office and Veterans Affairs representative at the Ridgecrest campus and at the other campuses with veterans and their dependents in claiming and receiving the educational benefits to which they are entitled.

We support the following programs:

  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty)
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units to receive benefits beyond tuition reimbursement
    • No restriction on location of class, so all units can be taken online
  • Chapter 31 (VA Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)
    • Students meeting eligibility requirements qualify for payment of Basic Housing Allowance (BAH), book stipend and tuition
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 7 units to receive housing allowance. Still eligible for tuition reimbursement and book stipend if less than 7 units
    • BAH awards depend on current enrollment. See VA Office for details.
  • Chapter 35 (Dependent's Education Assistance)
    • Veteran parent of dependent student must be either deceased or 100% disabled for student to qualify
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units to receive benefits beyond tuition reimbursement
    • No restriction on location of class, so all units can be taken online
  • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selective Reserves)

This information is specifically designed to assist students in registration and is not in any way meant to advise students of which chapter is best for them.

What you need to do

  • Meet or speak with our campus VA Office representative, to discuss the best option for you. Bring Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Meet with a counselor to discuss your career/educational goals and the best way to achieve those goals. A copy of any transcripts you have (both military and those from other colleges), required by the second meeting with a counselor/educational advisor.
  • Meet with a counselor/educational advisor EVERY SEMESTER to complete a VA Program Approval.
  • Notify your counselor/advisor of ANY CHANGES to schedule-VA must be notified of changes in schedule EVERY SEMESTER or student may owe money back.
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