If you are a military affiliated student planning to use your VA education benefits at MiraCosta College, you will complete the following steps.
Step 1 - Submit an application
Step 2 - Apply for your VA benefits
Step 3 - Send all official transcripts to MiraCosta College
- Request all official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and training institutes. This includes military transcripts. Request your JST or your CCAF transcript.
- Once all transcripts are received, you must request that they be evaluated by speaking with a counselor from the Veterans Counseling team. This is not automatic. Not completing this step will cause a delay in receiving your benefits.
Step 4 - Submit the Military Priority Enrollment Request Form to Admissions & Records
- For veterans and active duty only, a DD-214 or military ID will need to be submitted via email to Admissions & Records (email@example.com) along with the Military Priority Enrollment Request Form.
Step 5 - Complete Matriculation
- To be eligible for priority registration, you must complete matriculation. Spartan Prep can be completed online through your SURF account:
Step 6 - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Although this is not required, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid in order to supplement education costs that may not be covered by using GI Bill® benefits and/or Tuition Assistance.
Step 7 - Meet with a Veterans Counselor to create an Abbreviated Education Plan *
- Appointments can be scheduled by visiting the Counseling website and selecting "Connect Live with a Veterans Counseling Specialist or Sign Up for an Express Session."
- If all official transcripts are not received and evaluated, please have copies of all unofficial transcripts available for your appointment.
- You must have an ID number to get an appointment
- New VR&E students: Abbreviated Education Plans are not recommended. Students using VR&E benefits should have a Comprehensive Education Plan created to submit to their assigned VR&E Counselor.
* Eligibility is determined based on each student's individual situation. Some students are ineligible for an Abbreviated Education Plan based on prior education credit.
Step 8 - Enroll in Courses
- Student must enroll in classes prior to requesting certification for VA Educational Benefits.
- You must only enroll in the courses listed on your education plan. If you have questions about the courses you are enrolling for, please make an appointment to speak with a Veterans Counselor.
- Students planning to use Military Tuition Assistance must contact their Educational Services Officer (ESO) prior to enrolling in order to obtain authorization forms.
Step 9 - After enrolling in classes, complete your Letter of Intent online via SURF
- For assistance on how to complete the LOI, see the LOI tutorial.
Step 10 - Submit the following to Veterans Services via SURF
- DD-214 or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) for Reservists (if applicable)
- Documentation of VA benefit eligibility (any one of the following may be submitted):
- eBenefits Education Enrollment Status or
- vets.gov "Statement of Benefits"
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- VA Form 22-1995 (veterans) or 22-5495 (dependents). You do not need to complete the financial information. This document is used to determine your selected major.
- Abbreviated Education Plan
Step 11 - During your first semester, meet with a Veterans Counselor to complete a Comprehensive Education Plan
- All official transcripts must be on file and evaluated prior to the Comprehensive Education Plan being created.
For Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) recipients only:
- Complete your LOI the same day as enrollment to avoid courses being dropped for non-payment.
- Students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) or Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness & Employment) GI Bill® may attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date a Certificate of Eligibility or valid VAF 28-1905 is provided to Veterans Services. Students should also complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) online through their SURF account to defer mandatory payment past 90 days until the VA provides payment to MiraCosta College. The student shall not incur a penalty due to late payment of courses that are covered by GI Bill® benefits.
For additional questions, please refer to the Student Veterans Handbook.