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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:

Step 1 Apply to Bakersfield College Online!

Please follow the link below and remember to mark Veteran on your application!

Visit the Apply page!

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 2 Orientation

Complete an orientation online.

Orientation
Step 3 Placement

All students are placed based on their high school GPA and coursework. Students who did not complete at least 11th grade in a U.S. high school and graduates of a non-U.S. high school or and international students will need to complete the Guided Self-Placement process.

Step 4 Develop an Education Plan

Complete the New Student Workshop online. The Abbreviated Student Education Plan (ASEP) does not satisfy VA requirements. To complete a Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (CSEP), make an appointment with Armando Trujillo by emailing armando.trujillo@bakersfieldcollege.edu. You will need a copy of the DD214 and your transcripts for your appointment.

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 jst.doded.mil (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.

Step 5 Register for Classes
Step 6 Get VA Benefits

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

Step 7 Bring Documents to Admissions & Records

Email veterans@bakersifeldcollege.edu with copies of the following:

  • 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
Step 8 Get Aid

Visit the Financial Aid Office to receive information about additional financial aid. Complete the FAFSA and BOG fee waiver.

Step 9 Get Going

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 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 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.


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