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Bakersfield College

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BC Veteran Services

Veteran Enrollment Steps

Bakersfield College honors and supports the sacrifices of those who have served in our Nation’s military and is approved as an institution of higher learning for the training of veterans and dependents of veterans who are entitled to educational assistance. Services for Veterans include: priority registration, designated veterans counselor, and more. Because of special benefits allowed to veterans, enrollment steps are slightly different. Please see the following:

Follow Step 1: Apply on the Steps to Enroll page. Remember to mark Veteran on your application!

Steps to Enroll

Make sure to mark “veteran” status on your application and to activate your application at the end. If you missed this step, activate your CCCApply application here.

Step 1: Fill out a FAFSA or Dream Act Application

  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Bakersfield College’s School Code: 001118
  • Note: You must apply EVERY year for financial aid. Mark your calendar to re-apply for Financial Aid ASAP after October 1st every year. The first deadline for Cal Grant consideration is March 2nd every year.

Step 2: Check InsideBC for additional requirements.

  1. Log in to InsideBC. Your user ID is @00xxxxx and if it is your first time logging in, your password is your six-digit birthday (MMDDYY).
  2. Select Financial Aid.
  3. Select Financial Aid Status.
  4. Select the Award Year from the drop-down menu and Submit.
  5. Review your Academic Progress standing and Unsatisfied Requirements
    • Complete all required items four weeks or more before the start of the semester to avoid delays. If you were selected for verification, get more information on verification process.
    • If you need help, contact your Financial Aid Technician directly.

Step 3: Select a Refund Preference with BankMobile Disbursements

Step 4: Monitor your BC student email and InsideBC

Look for:

  • Award notifications
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress status
  • Requests for additional documents
  • Refund notifications
  • Workshop announcements
  • Other important updates

For more information on Financial Aid, see Financial Aid.

After you receive your student ID (@00xxxxx), complete the Online Orientation. At orientation you will learn about our academic majors and degrees, policies, important academic dates, and tips on how to be a successful student.

Attend Orientation »

Meet with the Veterans Services Advisor

Meet with Armando Trujillo, Educational Advisor, to get your placement and develop your Student Educational Plan. Make an appointment with Armando by emailing from your BC email. Your Student Education Plan will help you determine the classes to register for this semester.

You will need a copy of the DD214 and your transcripts for your appointment.

Military Transcripts

You can obtain military transcripts for the Air Force on the Air University website. For military transcripts for the Army, Navy/Marines and Coast Guard via Joint Services Transcript, you will need to adjust the security certificate settings in your web browser. You can find directions for how to access this site for your browser of choice below:

  • Google Chrome: to access the JST site via Google Chrome, click "Advanced" in the error message that pops up on your screen, then press "Proceed to (unsafe)" in the window that expands below.
  • Mozilla Firefox: to access via Firefox, click "Advanced" in the error message that pops up on your screen. Then click "confirm security exception"
  • Internet Explorer: to access via IE, click "continue to this website (not recommended)"
  • Safari: to access via Safari, click "view the certificate", then click "visit this website". In the drop-up menu that appears, click "view this website". In Mac OSX, you may have to use a password to changes the Certificate Trust Settings in Safari.

Once you're able to access the JST website, you'll need to press the "OK" button on the bottom to consent to the US Government Information System policies.


The placement process places you into English, Reading, and Math classes, the foundation for all other classes here at BC, based on your high school GPA and coursework. Your counselor will assist you with your placement during your appointment to create a Student Education Plan.

If you did not complete at least 11th grade in a U.S. high school, graduated from a non-U.S. high school or you are an international student, you will complete the Guided Self-Placement process with your counselor.

Find out more about Placement »

Within 1-3 Business days of your application (Step 1), we will send your registration date. You will register for classes from your Student Education Plan (Step 4) through the student portal, InsideBC.

Veterans are in Priority 1 for registration appointments. See the order of appointment assignments.

Step-by-Step instructions to Register for Classes.

Tuition & Fees

For information about the cost of attendance, tuition and fees policies, veteran’s benefits, and other important information visit Tuition & Fees.

10-Day Payment Deadline

You have 10 days from the date you register for a class to pay your tuition bill in full or you may be dropped for non-payment.

You may pay your bill online through InsideBC or at the Business Office. How to make your payment online.

Apply online for your GI Bill benefits at the GI Bill website.

While campuses are closed for safety, documents will need to be sent electronically. In order to protect your information, please do not send them attached to email. Instead, use FileExpress to send documents more securely.

Steps for Sending Documents

  1. Go to
  2. Sender email address: enter your BC email address
  3. Recipient email address(es): enter
  4. Message: enter your name and student ID and any message you wish to add
  5. Upload your file* by the select button or drag and drop
  6. Click Send File

You may send the files individually, or zip them into one file, provided the file is less than 5GB.

Required Documents
  • 1990 Application (from Step 7)
  • DD214 Form (if not completed in step 5)
  • ½ Sheet must be signed and provide mother’s maiden name
  • Comprehensive Student Educational Plan from Step 5 signed by a counselor/advisor and must match major
  • Enrollment Card
  • Transcripts from all other colleges attended and requests to have them evaluated

Stay in frequent contact with the Veterans Services team to take advantage of benefits. Make appointments with Veterans Advisors each semester and stayed engaged with fellow students through the Student Veterans Organization.

Bakersfield College will grant veterans 12 elective credits for military service. Evaluation of military transcripts will be made by the Office of Admissions and Records. Credit evaluations will conform to the regulations set forth by the State Approval Agency of the California State Department of Education and the recommendations of the American Council on Education.

A maximum of 12 semester units will be allowed. A Veteran student will receive the following transferrable credits:

  • HLED B1 (3 Units)
  • Physical Education (2 Units)
  • General Education (7 Units)

A copy of the veteran’s DD-214, member page 4 (Report of Separation from the Armed Forces) is required along with military transcripts and prior college transcripts. Request military transcripts at the Joint Services Transcript website.

You may submit Request for Evaluation forms to the Office of Admissions and Records after you are enrolled in classes at Bakersfield College and have appropriate documentation of your successful completions of the military courses.

As a veteran, you may use your military basic training to satisfy Area E of the California State University (CSU) General Education Requirements or the Bakersfield College General Education Requirement by request on transcript order forms.

Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Center

The lounge inside Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Center is currently unavailable due to the physical campus closure. The hours for Veterans Services are below:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tutoring: Monday through Thursday (hours will vary)
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

The VRC features a quiet study room, computer area, conference room with whiteboards, a lounge area with two televisions, coffee bar, microwave, and an outdoor patio area. The 4,700 square foot building is bright and offers a place for veterans and military-affiliated students to come enjoy camaraderie, study, rest, tutoring and use of the center’s computers. 

Veterans Club

Our club's mission is to be a resource for all veterans that are students of Bakersfield College in order to provide information, service, and a feeling of belonging. We meet in the VRC and our meeting dates are continually changing. Please stop by for the newest schedule.