Veterans Benefits

California College of the Arts provides a welcoming community to United States Veterans and family members of veterans. The college is approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under Title 38, U.S. Code.

Veteran benefits are managed by the Student Records Office. CCA participates in The Yellow Ribbon program on a limited basis and has stated its intent to comply with the 2012 Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions.

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Veterans Benefits School Certifying Officials

CCA’s certifying officials are available in the Student Records Office. For more information, please contact the following persons:

Jamie Wiegert, Senior Academic Records Coordinator
510.594.3643 or

Peg Leary, Associate Registrar
510.594.3644 or


First-time students
In order to initiate your veteran educational benefits, you must turn in the proper paperwork to the Student Records Office.

The Veterans Affairs (VA)-certifying official on the CCA campus must have copies of each form you submit to the VA in order to verify your status each semester. Your enrollment will not be verified if copies of these forms are not turned in.

It is recommended that eligible students submit their application for educational benefits to the VA before registering for courses, and to contact the Student Records Office immediately after enrollment.

Transfer students
Please be sure to complete the application for changing schools or programs for your designated benefit. Submit this form to the VA and provide a copy of this form along with your original application form to the VA-certifying official at CCA.

Please review the information below to find a complete list of forms needed for each benefit chapter.

All Students
For VA educational benefits, apply online through VONAPP (Veterans Online Application). Please print a copy of all forms submitted to give to CCA’s VA-certifying officials.

It is recommended that applications be submitted to the VA at least two months prior to the start of the proposed term of enrollment; doing so ensures your application is processed in a timely manner. CCA has an Oakland IHL code with the VA, all benefits amounts are determined by this code.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

All eligible post-9/11 GI Bill veterans should review the benefits information.
First-time students must complete and turn in the following:

  • an application for VA education benefits (Form 22-1990)
  • a copy of their post-9/11 GI Bill letter from the VA

Transfer students
(Those who attended another institution using VA benefits prior to enrollment at CCA.)

Please turn in copies of the all forms listed above to the VA-certifying official on campus as well as submitting a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (form 22-1995) (Note: This should be done prior to registering for courses at CCA.)

Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the $20,235 tuition and fees maximum (for the 2014/2015 academic year).

The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Only Chapter 33 students approved for 100 percent coverage are eligible for this benefit. We encourage all veterans to review the Yellow Ribbon eligibility criteria directly from the VA website.

General eligibility requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program include the following:

  • Student served an aggregate period of duty after September 11, 2001, of at least 36 months.
  • Student was honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
  • Student is a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

All approved Yellow Ribbon students must submit:

  • the same paperwork as Chapter 33 students (see above)
  • a copy of their Yellow Ribbon approval letter from the VA

CCA participates in The Yellow Ribbon Program and grants tuition assistance to persons who provide documentation of eligibility at the 100 percent level of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Tuition assistance is provided to seven (7) students annually and support continues throughout their time at CCA provided the following applies:

  • CCA continues to participate in the program
  • The student remains in good academic standing
  • The student has remaining entitlement

While CCA is committed to helping all students achieve their educational goals, our participation in the program will be evaluated annually and the amount of tuition assistance is subject to change.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about CCA’s tuition assistance via The Yellow Ribbon Program and financial aid options: 415.703.9528 or

Chapter 35 Benefits (Dependents Educational Assistance)

First-time students

  • You must complete an Application for Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (form 22-5490).
  • You may need to submit a copy of your birth certificate or marriage certificate, as applicable.
  • Submitting a Department of Veterans Affairs letter of eligibility and disability rating the veteran may help expedite the processing of your application.

Transfer Students
(Those students who attended another institution using VA Benefits prior to enrollment at CCA.)

Please turn in copies of the forms listed above to the VA-certifying official on campus as well as the following:

Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (form 22-5495). (Note: This should be done prior to registering for courses at CCA.)

Chapter 30/32 VEAP / 1606 Benefits (GI Bill)

First-time students must complete and turn in the following:

  • an application form for VA Education Benefits (Form 22-1990)
  • Chapter 30/32 must turn in a copy of their DD-214
  • Chapter 1606 students must also turn in a copy of their DD-2384

Transfer students
(Those students who attended another institution using VA benefits prior to enrollment at CCA.)

Please turn in copies of the all forms listed above to the VA-certifying official on campus as well as a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (form 22-1995). (Note: This should be done prior to registering for courses at CCA.)

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is available for some VA benefits. Please contact the VA to see if your benefit is eligible as well as filling out any required paperwork.
Important information for all students receiving VA Education Benefits:

  • Introduce yourself or get in touch with the VA representative at CCA upon acceptance.
  • Preenroll in your courses to prevent delays in your benefit payment.
  • Immediately report any changes to your full-time status to the VA-certifying official at CCA.
  • Make sure the VA has your current street and email address on file.
  • Direct all questions regarding a check’s arrival, benefit denial, etc., to the VA.

Veterans’ Benefits & Academic Standing

Veterans receiving benefits at CCA who fail to meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress for two consecutive semesters will be subject to interruption of their veterans benefits.

The decision of CCA to allow a third semester of probation or to reinstate a student following dismissal does not guarantee renewed benefits.

Contact Information

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee OK 7402-8888

VA Hotline: 888.442.4551 (888.GI BILL 1)
Hotline hours: 7 a.m.–5 p.m. (CT)

CCA VA School-Certifying Officials

Jamie Wiegert: 510.594.3643
Peg Leary: 510.594.3644

Student Records Office
Macky Hall (ground floor)
Oakland campus
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


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FAQs for Students with VA Educational Benefits

Q: How do I know if I qualify for VA benefits for Education?
A: Call the VA Hotline at 1.888.442.4551 (1.888.GIBILL 1)

Q: I am a soldier with VA education benefits but still in active duty. Do you have courses for active duty military personnel?
A: At this time CCA does not have online course delivery; all courses meet in the traditional classroom setting.

In most cases we can accommodate active-duty reservists, but not full-time active-duty personnel. We encourage full-time active-duty military personnel to contact us once they have completed their tour of duty.

Q: How will my VA education benefits interact with other financial aid for which I may qualify?
A: The School Certifying Officials in Student Records works closely with CCA’s Financial Aid Office in order to maximize all possible aid for each student receiving VA benefits.

The financial aid process for GI Bill recipients begins with certification of enrollment with the VA; all initial paperwork must be submitted by the student to Student Records before a financial aid award can be built.

Once enrollment has been certified with the VA, CCA’s Financial Aid Office will begin packaging and communicating with each student individually.

Q: I applied for benefits online but you are asking me to submit a copy of that application to you on paper. How can I do this?
A: You are able to print any of your VA forms that were submitted online; log on to your VA account and look under “forms”.

Q: Are there other on-campus resources for veterans?
A: Yes. CCA offers a complete array of student services and resources, including advising, counseling, tutoring, disability services, and career development.

In addition, there are many student activities, clubs, and organizations on campus.

For more information please see Campus Life at the CCA website.

More frequently asked questions about VA educational benefits can be found at the VA’s website.