Veterans & Military Education Benefits

SPSCC is an approved institution for the education and training of veterans, reservists, the children and spouses of deceased or 100% “total and permanently” disabled veterans, and eligible dependents who have received transferred benefits. Our Veterans Office helps those who are eligible to obtain Veterans Educational Benefits, the staff will help guide you through the application process and work as an instructional and advisory aid between the Department of Veterans Affairs and you as an SPSCC student.

Veterans Office Hours and Location

To obtain VA Education Benefit application materials or to submit them for review and certification, contact our Veterans Office, located in Bldg 22–Center for Student Success, Second Floor. Staff are available Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00pm, and on Friday 10:00-4:00pm for Drop-In/Walk-In appointments. Sign in at the computer kiosks or Start Here desk located near the One Stop desk.

  • See Veterans Office and Veterans Office Services below for more information.
Veterans Office Services

The Veterans Office staff provides:

  • Assistance with the education benefit application process
  • Notification of enrollment and enrollment changes to the VA
  • Help in interpreting, explaining and implementing VA policies and college regulations

Veterans Office staff generally do not provide academic advising. Academic decisions may impact your educational benefits, and we will help you with this decision making process! Meet with your program advisor or an academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure your progress toward graduation.

The Veterans Office is not the Department of Veterans Administration (VA). The college cannot override VA policies or determine VA eligibility, nor does the college control the issuance of VA Educational Benefits. The VA requires 30-45 days to process any paperwork submitted to them.

Application Process for Benefits

Applications for VA education benefits and benefit information are available at:

  • Links to Veterans Office and Veterans Education Benefits froms are located below. Hard copy forms are available through the One Stop desk in Bldg 22.
  • The VA has an online application available at www.gibill.va.gov.

Applicants completing a hard copy application are encouraged to return it to the Veterans Office for review and submission to the VA. Include supporting documentation as indicated on the application. Applicants completing an online application will be required to complete additional paperwork to start their benefits through the Veterans Office.

All applicants must be prepared to provide the Veterans Office with a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility Letter, after their application has been processed and approved by the VA.

Discharged Service Members are encouraged to provide the Veterans Office with a copy of their DD-214 (member-4).

Admission to the College
  • Complete the admission process, including: apply for Admission, complete the Placement Test and/or Transcript Evaluation, and attend New Student Advising. See Apply Now.
  • Complete the registration process, then submit the online Enrollment Confirmation Form. This process must be completed every term and allows the Veterans Office to review courses for degree/certificate compliance and to pre-certify the student for benefits.
  • When the quarter begins, complete the Attendance Verification Form with instructor’s signatures and return to the Veterans Office. This process must be completed every term. Failure to submit the Attendance Verification Form may result in administrative withdrawal from class and/or termination of benefits.
Educational Benefits

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

The Veterans Office assists students using the following benefits:

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

For SPSCC students, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay resident tuition and fees, based on your eligibility percentage as determined by the VA. The VA will not pay non-resident tuition charges. The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals:

  • A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000, paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • Payment amounts will be prorated for active duty service that is less than three years and for enrollment that is less than full-time.

The student is responsible for paying any balances not paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs including but not limited to non-resident tuition charges, balances remaining beyond the percentage of eligibility payment received from the VA, balances for classes not covered by VA benefits and remaining balances due to exhausted entitlement.

NOTE: If you are enrolled exclusively in online or hybrid courses, you will receive 50% of the national average of the MHA/BAH.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Effective January 1, 2015, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship was amended to include the surviving spouses as well as the children of service members who have died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Eligible surviving spouses and children attending school will have the resident portion of the allowable tuition and fees paid to the institution plus a monthly living stipend and book allowance under this program.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) program provides up to 36 months of education benefits and may be used for approved certificate and degree programs at South Puget Sound Community College. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve.  Contact your reserve unit for additional information and to request a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE or DD Form 2384)

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation may be awarded to veterans who have at least 10% service-connected disability and are receiving a disability allowance. The VA will pay for tuition, fees, supplies or required tools. Veterans will also receive a subsistence allowance each month based upon enrollment status and number of dependents.

  • To receive an evaluation for VR & E services, a veteran must:
  • Complete an application for Vocational Rehabilitation (VA Form 28-1900) and submit it to the VA Office in Seattle.
  • Received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%

Priority Registration

SPSCC is pleased to be able to offer priority class registration for honorably discharged veterans.  In order to confirm your eligibility, please bring a copy of your DD-214 showing your separation and character of service to the One Stop Desk in bldg. 22, Center for Student Success. If you do not have a copy of your DD-214 available, you may obtain one via the “Access My Documents” tab on the Veteran’s administration E-Benefits portal (www.ebenefits.va.gov). In order to take advantage of the early registration time, you will need to make sure that you do not have any blocks on your account that would prevent registration.

Based upon legislation passed in 2015, priority registration will be offered to spouses receiving VA Educational Benefits. Contact the Veterans Office if you have any questions.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to Active Duty military, National Guard Members and Reservists. Eligibility is determined by the military units. Contact your unit to determine your eligibility for assistance using the GoArmy Ed. or the my.af.mil portal. Due to budgetary constraints, funding is not always available and should not be counted upon. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that tuition is paid.

VA Work Study Program

This program is available to students receiving VA Education Benefits who are attending school at three-quarter time or full time enrollment status (by VA standards). Under this program, a student may work part-time at any organization or agency that works with Veterans or Veterans related issues. Work-study students are paid at the greater of State or Federal minimum wage.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition Waivers are state legislated waivers of all or a part of a student’s tuition at state supported institutions of higher education, based upon legislated criteria. 

Eligible dependents (spouses and children) of deceased/100% disabled veterans may receive a tuition/fee waiver. Additional information regarding this waiver is available from the Veterans Office.

Students utilizing Military Tuition Assistance are eligible for a waiver of a portion of the charges not covered by the TA program.

Dependent Military ID Card Renewal

Dependents of Active Duty or Retired military personnel who are in school at the full-time rate (12+ credits) may contact One-Stop Desk in bldg. 22, Center for Student Success for a letter confirming the student’s enrollment as a full-time student. The student must request the letter and must be able to provide a Program of Study and an expected Date of Graduation. The ID Card Section of JBLM will not provide an ID card if the student is enrolled at less than full-time.

Contacts:

Veterans Office
2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292
veteransservices@spscc.edu

Kirstin Cobb
Program Specialist 2 -Veterans Education Benefits
360-596-5242
kcobb@spscc.edu

Chris Baker
Program Specialist 2 – Military Services & Outreach
360-596-5325
cbaker@spscc.edu

Addresses:

VA Regional Office (Muskogee) PO Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
1-888-442-4551

VA Regional Office (Seattle)
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
1-800-827-1000

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St SE
1-800-562-2308
TDD: (360)725-2199
Email a Benefit Specialist at benefits@dva.wa.gov
Web Site: www.dva.wa.gov.

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Forms
Transfer of Military Credit

Based on the recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE), South Puget Sound Community College uses the Joint Services Transcript (JST) to award military credit. Service members must submit their JST to the SPSCC credentials evaluators through the Enrollment Services One Stop.

SPSCC will also review the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of the service member while in the military, as well as any additional military certified training, to determine if credit can be awarded based on military job duties. Awarding of this credit is based on the relationship of military job duties and the learning outcomes of the educational program the student is planning to attend on campus. The college has created a crosswalk to ensure credit is awarded consistently for this work. Additionally, program instructors may review work done within each MOS to evaluate if additional credit should be awarded. The MOS can be submitted through the One Stop or Advising to be reviewed.

Students receiving credit for military service through their JST or based on their MOS must still meet the college guidelines on residency in order to earn a degree or certificate. Credit awarded through the JST or military crosswalk are not charged a fee for transcription. Credits awarded through an individual evaluation beyond the crosswalk or other portfolio review are charged $50 per credit. All credits awarded will adhere to state board and accreditation policies.