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Veterans Services

The Veterans Services Office welcomes you to Columbia College. Our role is to provide support to veterans and qualified dependents in accessing entitled veterans educational benefits. We also serve as a liaison between veteran students and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the certification process as well as other campus programs and resources.

The certification process for accessing your educational benefits should be completed 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the term in order to allow time for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process your claim. Students starting the process at a later time should expect a delay in funding.

We thank you for your military service and we look forward to assisting you in your academic endeavors!

The Certification Process

Access the certification process checklist here, beginning with contacting your School Certifying Official: Dana at (209) 588-5105 if your last name begins with A-L or Kelsie at (209) 588-5272 if your last name begins with M-Z.

If you are receiving veterans education benefits through Columbia College, please remember to submit a new Request for Certification of Enrollment Form each semester to continue to receive your benefits. The form is also available in the Financial Aid and Veterans Services Office.

Priority Registration

Veteran students are eligible for Level 1 priority registration at Columbia College (the earliest opportunity to register for classes). To receive a priority registration date, a veteran student must provide a copy of their DD-214 to the Veterans Services Office as well as complete the matriculation process, i.e. take the math and English assessment tests, attend a Columbia College orientation, and meet with a counselor to create an educational plan. To view which of these tasks you still need to complete, click "Registration Date & Time" on connectColumbia or contact the Counseling Office at (209) 588-5109.

Events

Upcoming

VA Palo Alto Mobile Medical Event
Monday, Feb 23, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm
Columbia College Financial Aid & Veterans Services Office in Sequoia 110
Come join us for services provided by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System Rural Health Mobile Medical Team. No appointment necessary! Please bring a copy of your DD-214 and a list of your medications for the doctor to review.

Ongoing

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW):
Breakfast (Modesto) Sundays (ongoing)
Dinner (Modesto/Ripon) Fridays (ongoing)
Lunch (Ripon) Wednesdays (ongoing)
Hamburger Night (Modesto/Turlock) Fridays (ongoing)

Past

Veterans Day Celebration
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Columbia College Financial Aid & Veterans Services Office in Sequoia 110
Come join us for refreshments and snacks to show our appreciation for our veteran students.

Veterans Day Community Events and Deals
Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 (unless noted otherwise)
Click the individual links below for event details

VA Palo Alto Mobile Medical Event
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
10:00am - 3:00pm
Columbia College Financial Aid & Veterans Services Office in Sequoia 110
Come join us for services provided by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System Rural Health Mobile Medical Team. No appointment necessary! Please bring a copy of your DD-214 and a list of your medications for the doctor to review.

Additional Information

Veterans Benefits Contact Information

  • Education: 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI BILL 1)
  • Monthly Verification of Attendance: 1-877-823-2378
  • Other VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000
  • Debt Management Center: 1-800-827-0648
  • GI Bill Benefits Website: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Informational Links