This page outlines the application steps for new PCC Military Veteran students who have never received GI Bill Benefits.
The earlier you do these important steps the better. The first 3 steps to starting your education with your GI Bill Benefits are:
|Apply for GI Bill Benefits||Apply to PCC||Get Additional Financial Aid|
|Complete your application for GI Bill Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs can take at least 45 days to approve your benefits and often will take longer. Follow detailed steps for your situation below.
|Apply online as early as possible to Pasadena City College - pasadena.edu/applyonline/
Apply during the application period (see academic calendar for dates). Look for your Permit to Register sent to the email you provide in the application. Print and save it.
|Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line to determine eligibility for additional financial aid programs. The FASFA and the GI Bill are completely separate programs, and one does not affect or determine the other.|
The Department of Veterans Affairs has an excellent step by step road map that you should review to help you determine your benefit eligibility, compare programs, calculate your benefit, collect your paperwork, and apply for VA benefits online.
Complete the online application for admission to PCC at pasadena.edu/applyonline/. You will need an email address, your previous education information and your social security number (optional). Be sure to indicate your veteran status. More information on the application for admissions is found at the admissions website.
|PCC Veteran's Statement of Responsibility||Certificate of Eligibility or copy of VONAPP||Copy of DD214||Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)|
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Montgomery GI Bill
|PCC does not require documents - Apply through US Department of Veteran Affairs - Los Angeles Office 213-253-2677|
Selective Reserve GI Bill
Survivors and Dependents
Go to the steps to register link found on your Admissions Notice Permit to Register email. All new students must complete the following steps to attend classes at PCC:
Pasadena City College,
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line to determine eligibility for additional financial aid programs. The FASFA and the GI Bill are completely separate programs, and one does not affect or determine the other. Complete your FAFSA as early as possible, before funds run out.
A counselor approved educational plan must be obtained and filed in the VA Office before the beginning of the second semester. By law, students are also required to declare a major by their second semester. "Undeclared" or "general education" majors are not acceptable for VA purposes.
Choose a VA approved program of study. Listing at www.gibill.va.gov VA approved transfer programs are online at www.assist.org or use the Transfer Center Tool to explore transfer requirements to the 4-year schools most commonly selected by Pasadena City College students.
Be aware that the VA places restrictions on what courses you may be paid for. You can only be paid for classes that apply toward completion of your degree objective. A class may not be payable under VA regulations, especially if the class is a "recommended" elective.
Certification is not automatic. To have your certification submitted to the VA, you must register for classes, complete the Request for Benefits form and contact the Veterans Certifying Agent in Admissions and Records, L113 before the start of each semester. See Current Students for more information.
Always contact the PCC Veterans' Services Office to report any change in your enrollment. Changes such as Add/Drop or Withdrawals, switching courses, etc. need to be reported immediately so that students do not end up owing money back to the VA.