Welcome to college! We are honored to have you join our academic community and look forward to supporting you as you take this exciting next step in your journey.


As a veteran, we recognize that you bring a wealth of unique skills, experiences, and perspectives to the classroom and campus community. Your hard work, dedication, and commitment to serving our country is deeply appreciated and respected. We understand that transitioning to civilian life and college can be challenging, and we are committed to helping you succeed.


We're proud to have been recognized as one of the "Best for Vets" colleges by Military Times in 2022, highlighting our commitment to supporting veterans and military-affiliated students. Join our community today and get the support you need to achieve your academic goals!


Check Your Residency

Students eligible for GI Bill educational benefits including the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty program (Chapter 30), the Veterans readiness and Employment program (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) (Chapter 31), or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (Chapter 33) are exempt from paying nonresident tuition regardless of when the veteran separated from the military. Depending on your residency status you may need to submit a military tuition waiver to receive the exemption.

 Determine Your Residency Status

Steps to Enroll

To get started at Cuyamaca follow our step by step admission guide.

  1. Apply for VA Education Benefits.
  2. Apply for admissions to Cuyamaca College
    Apply for Admission to Cuyamaca College. Applications take between 24 to 48 hours to process, before the student will be active. Students will remain active until they miss two consecutive terms. If this occurs, students will have to reapply using the same application account initially created.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid.
  4. Complete the new student orientation.
    The online orientation is a series of videos designed to introduce you to the college of your choosing.
  5. Complete Math and English placement questionnaire.
    A placement assessment questionnaire is used to place new students into appropriate levels of Math and English or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
  6. Online Advising
    This online advising can be accessed by logging into Self-Service. This interactive virtual advising session will assist you in creating your initial educational plan.
  7. Request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities including JST (military transcripts) to be sent directly to Cuyamaca College Admissions and Records Office. 

Veterans Center

The Veterans Center at Cuyamaca College is a one-stop-shop for all veteran services, including a Resource Center, VA Education Benefit Certification, and Veteran Academic Counseling. You'll be greeted by our team of dedicated staff, including a Veteran Coordinator, Certifying Official, and Academic Counselor, along with VA work-study students to provide you with the support and resources you need to thrive.

Explore the Veterans Center