Veterans Center 

Campus closure update:

Will my benefits change since the campus is closed?

VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill® benefits for impacted students during this difficult time. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training extended to December 21, 2021.

For updates visit the GI Bill® Facebook Page or Veterans Benefits Twitter Page


Fall 2020 Post 9/11 GI Bill ® Information

To maximize your MHA, you must be enrolled in at least one resident course and be enrolled as a full-time student.

How To Determine If A Course Is Resident Or Distance Learning For VA Certification

A course will be determined as a RESIDENT course for the Fall 2020 term if the course description contains a meeting day and time. Example: Section XXXX will meet 08/17/2020-12/14/2020 Tuesday 6:00-8:55PM, Distance Education/Online, Room WEB. Course descriptions for RESIDENT courses are worded many different ways, but they will always contain a meeting date and time.

A hybrid course will be determined as RESIDENT course for the Fall 2020 term if the course description contains a meeting day and time online with additional instructional hours/week via internet. Example: Section XXXX will meet TTH 1:00pm-3:10 online. Additional 4 instructional hours/week via Internet. Familiarity with computers, Internet required.

A course will be determined as a DISTANCE course for the Fall 2020 term if the course description DOES NOT contain a meeting day and time. Example: Section XXXX will meet 08/17/2020-12/14/2020 Internet 100%, Distance Education/Online, Room WEB.

If you are unsure about whether a course is considered “RESIDENT” or “DISTANCE LEARNING” for VA certification purposes, please feel free to send an email to

If you have any changes or questions regarding your current enrollment, send inquiry to


Cuyamaca Veterans Center

Cuyamaca College enrolls over 550 veterans with approximately 300 completing the certification process in order to begin receiving their VA Educational benefits. Through the  Veterans Center, veterans are provided comprehensive education plans for student success at Cuyamaca College geared towards meeting the needs of military veterans helping the transition from the military to college life in a positive perspective. This comprehensive program provides a variety of services to the veteran student such as:


Veterans Center

This is the starting point most veterans and their dependents utilizing VA Educational Benefits when applying to Cuyamaca College. Students submit a semester worksheet, DD-214 (Member 4), have their coursework and current class schedules reviewed by the VA School Certifying Official and complete the necessary forms to process their application to receive their education benefits for: 

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill®, chapter 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapter 30
  • Reserve Gi Bill®, Chapter 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program, (REAP), Chapter 1607
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA), Chapter 35
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, Chapter 33
Priority Registration

Assembly Bill 2133, requires public colleges and universities to grant priority registration for a period of four years, which must be used within 15 years after the date of discharge. Veteran students that have separated from active duty and received honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge are eligible for priority registration. Veterans must submit a DD214 (member 4) and Active Duty personnel must submit their current military ID to the Veterans Services Office to be eligible for priority registration.

Osvaldo Torres is the designated counselor to serve all veterans and dependents, and understands the particular issues associated with the population who are pursuing an associates degree, certificate or transfer to a four year university. After meeting with a counselor, veterans will have an education plan and assistance with identification of an educational goal. Counseling services continuously participates in on-going training and activities to support the veteran student needs at Cuyamaca College.
Disabled Students Programs & Services
On a case by case basis DSPS provides linkage for veteran students to community based resources for assistance with PTSD counseling or other community resources as needed. DSPS also provides accommodations to veterans who need special resources and satisfy the needs of the student.


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