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CCC Veterans Certifying Official
Catherine Fites
Phone:  510-215-3928
Office Admissions SSC-115
Welcome to Contra Costa College!!!
If you were active duty military personnel, a reservist, or a dependent of a veteran who is 100% disabled or deceased due to a service related injury, you may qualify for educational benefits through the Veterans Administration.
The purpose of this website is to give you useful information, and assist you with the process of obtaining your GI Bill educational benefits. You may also want to visit the VA website at
All of the following steps must be completed before your coursework can be certified to the VA:

Complete an application for admission to Contra Costa College. The application can be obtained from the Admissions and records office or complete it online at CCC Apply.
Complete a VA Application for Education Benefits.
(This application is now done online at under the “Apply Online” tab, then click on “Education”) After you are done, print the signature page and a copy of your application and bring it to the CCC Admissions office.
Submit official transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office.  
Provide CCC with official transcripts from any colleges you attended before, during, or after your military service.
Turn in your DD-214 "Member 4" copy to the CCC Veterans Certifying Official (Veterans Only). For Select Reservists, a copy of the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) must be submitted. The NOBE is obtained through your command. Dependents should submit the veteran's service member number, or SSN.

Apply for Financial Aid (Student Services Center)
Complete the FAFSA and the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGG) by clicking the "Fee Waiver Assistance" icon at the top of the CCC Homepage.
Take the Assessment Test and Complete Online Orientation (Counseling Area in the Student Services Center)
Testing schedules are available in the Counseling office. Orientation is designed to provide a wealth of information about CCC policies, procedures, and support services that will assist you in achieving your goals. The Orientation takes approximately one hour. You may be exempt from Step 6 for one of the following reasons:
1) You have completed at least 15 units of coursework at another college and have taken English and Math courses (must provide an official transcript).
2) You hold an Associates Degree or higher.
Meet with a VA Counselor (Student Services Center)
You will complete an Education Plan with the VA counselor. This plan is an evaluation of your educational goal and any prior college credit you have received. It will list each class you need to take in order to reach your educational goal. You MUST turn in official transcripts from any/all colleges you attended before, during, or after your military service.
Turn in your Education Plan to the CCC Veterans Certifying Official
To certify you for benefits, the Certifying Official must have a copy of your Ed Plan on file. It is your responsibility to submit this form after meeting with the VA Counselor.
Register for courses. You may register for classes anywhere in this process. Although you may register for any courses, only those courses on your Course letter will be certified to the VA.

Turn in a Request for VA Certification (pick one up from the CCC VA Certifying Official). List the classes you will be taking during the semester. You will need to complete a request for Certification every semester; benefits do not automatically roll over to the next semester. ***It is your responsibility to notify the Veterans Office within 30 days of any changes to your enrollment***.  
Education Benefit Payment Rates
Learning Specialist Program (DSPS, Student Services Center) x7220
Obtain testing and support for learning disabilities.
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) (Student Services Center) x43948
Apply for book and transportation grants; obtain tutoring, counseling and peer
advising; apply for EOPS Work Study grants/jobs.
Veterans Services Contact List
Muskogee Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
(888) 442-4551 press 1 then 0
Oakland Regional Office
1301 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(800) 827-1000
Person to contact:
Bill Reed (510) 520-8224


VA Outpatient Clinic Oakland

2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Oakland, CA  94612

(800) 382-8387 or

(510) 267-7800  

VA Work –Study Program
(918) 781-7878
Person to contact:
Grace Cook - Work Study Coordinator
VA Medical Center Martinez
150 Muir Road
Martinez, California 94553
(925) 372-2010
Person to Contact:
Ruben Soto (925) 372-2883
Employment Development Department
East Bay Works Career Center
2300 El Portal Drive, Suite B
San Pablo, CA  94806
(510) 412-6740
VA Oakland Rehab department (CH 31)
1301 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612
 Person to Contact:
For Contra Costa Residents:
Helen Fung (510) 637-6219
Monthly Verification
(877) 823-2378 or
2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA. 94806
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If you qualify for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), payments will be sent directly to you provided the VA establishes eligibility. Remember that the Post-9/11 GI Bill housing stipend is paid "in arrears". That means if you are entitled to a housing stipend for January, you will not receive payment for it until February. Also, the VA pays only for time you are actually in school, that is, if you begin classes on January 15th, you will be paid on a pro-rated basis for January-- 1/2 the month instead of the full month.
To ask about the status of your benefit claim, please contact the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday thru Friday 7am to 5pm Central time). You can also send an email (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) through the VA website Go to "GI Bill Links", then click "Ask Us a GI Bill Question" and use the "Ask a Question" tab.
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