Servicemember & Veteran Opportunities
Cal State East Bay is a Servicemember’s Opportunity College (SOC) and provides educational assistance for active duty servicemembers. For additional information read about SOC below.
Additionally, educational allowances, benefit counseling, advocacy, discharge upgrading assistance, tutorial assistance, and social service referrals are available to veterans attending Cal State East Bay under the Veterans’ Administration or Cal-Vet programs, and to dependents of service-connected disabled and deceased veterans.
A permanent GI bill providing college educational allowances and other benefits for veterans is now in effect. For information on eligibility and procedures, students may contact the Veteran Office at (510) 885-3669, or in person in the Student Enrollment Information Center, or the Veterans’ Administration at (800) 827-1000.
Each quarter veterans and eligible dependents should contact the Veteran Office before the first day of classes and submit their forms requesting certification of enrollment for V.A. benefits. Students are also responsible for reporting any changes in enrollment to the Veteran Office and to the V.A. as they occur.
Veteran Student Services
Veteran Student Services (VSS) provides wraparound student support services to all CSUEB veteran students. Program services are organized around three key areas:
- One-on-one holistic academic counseling for veterans that includes academic advisement, career & goal planning, scholarship guidance, graduate school advising, guidance on balancing academic and personal life
- Benefits advising for veterans, reservists, and dependents of veterans on completing and filing VA claim forms for federal and state education assistance programs, including assistance with special procedures for veterans priority registration and dependents CalVet College Fee Waiver program
- Developing and implementing student programs, both social and educational, recognizing the needs and interests of our veteran student population
Veteran Student Services, Library Annex (LI) 2200
Veterans Benefits Coordinator: Deborah Dorffi Hansana, (510) 885-3669
Veterans Retention Coordinator: Cherie Randolph, (510) 885-2244
Veterans who meet the admission requirements may attend under full veterans’ benefits. Information concerning veterans’ programs is outlined at www.csueastbay.edu/veterans.
First-time freshmen and lower division applicants who are California resident veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, but who do not meet regular entrance requirements may be considered for undergraduate admission if, in the university’s judgment, the veteran has the potential to perform satisfactorily at the collegiate level. To be considered under this provision, veterans must have served 181 days active duty since 1955 with a discharge or separation under conditions other than dishonorable.
If an applicant wishes to be considered under this provision, the application for admission must include supporting documents, including separation papers (DD 214), and a letter petitioning special consideration. Transcripts and test scores are also required.
Full-time Enrollment for Veterans
Full-time enrollment for veterans (or dependents of disabled or deceased veterans), or reservists under Chapter 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, or 106 is 12 or more units, according to V.A. regulations. Each quarter, veterans and eligible dependents should consult the Veteran Affairs Coordinator before the first day of classes and submit their forms requesting certification of enrollment for V.A. benefits.
Note: Undergraduate and graduate students who apply for Veterans’ Benefits (or for benefits as dependents of disabled or deceased veterans), must be enrolled in courses that apply to a definite program (baccalaureate or master’s degree and/or credential).
Credit for Military Training, Occupation, and Courses
Cal State East Bay grants nine units of elective credit toward a baccalaureate degree for a student who completed basic training and was honorably discharged from military service of the United States in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education.
Note: Credit is not given for completion of the six month reserve training programs.
Commissioned officers may receive an additional nine units, which may be considered upper division credit. In order to receive such credit applicants must present written certification from a recognized military authority, such as papers from a military separation center (service form DD-214 or DD-295) or a Joint Services Transcript (JST). Credit for specific courses may be allowed if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent study in a military service school. The guidelines of the American Council on Education are followed in determining eligibility.
Cal State East Bay is a Service member Opportunity College (SOC).
Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction
Cal State East Bay grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The numbers of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
Note: Lower division, occupational courses designed to train technicians are not acceptable for university credit. Credit granted for non-collegiate instruction is not generally applied to general education or major requirements.
Credit for Military Service
Cal State East Bay grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction (either military or civilian) appropriate to the baccalaureate degree that has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education.
Attendance in military courses and schools must be documented by forms DD214 or DD295. Such credit shall be clearly identified on the permanent record.
Credit for the following types of courses may be granted:
- Lower division baccalaureate/associate degree credit courses which are comparable to courses offered on most CSU campuses. (Credit is not allowed for occupationally oriented courses designed to enable a student to function only as a technician.)
- Upper division baccalaureate degree credit courses.
- Graduate degree credit courses.
The numbers of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
Cal State East Bay shall determine which units shall be applied as general education, major, or elective credit and is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC).
Servicemember’s Opportunity College
Cal State East Bay is a Servicemember’s Opportunity College (SOC) and provides educational assistance for active duty servicemembers. SOC institutions offer the following benefits to servicemembers:
- Admission procedures which ensure access to higher education for academically qualified military personnel;
- Credit awarded for knowledge acquired through military experiences, if applicable to the servicemember’s program of study;
- Credit awarded for non-traditional learning, if applicable to the servicemember’s program of study;
- Acceptance of inter-institutional transfer credits, if they are appropriate for the servicemember’s program and are consistent with the university’s curriculum;
- Residence requirements may be adjusted for military students who transfer, when there are other assurances of program balance;
- Personnel with appropriate academic qualifications and experience administer and supervise SOC-related activities;
- Educational services for veterans.
For information about the SOC program, contact the Veterans Affairs Coordinator.
Military and Veterans Code
Section 66025.3 - Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of veteran of the United States military who has a service-connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service-connected disability, and meets specified income provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a member of the California National Guard who, in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state; and undergraduate student who is a recipient of or child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor, under 27 years old, meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.
Military Selective Service Act
The federal Military Selective Service Act (the “Act”) requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959 may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public post-secondary institution.
Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at http://www.sss.gov.