Veterans Admission & Services
The Skyline College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides a space for veterans, service members, reservists, and dependents of veterans to connect with peers and access support resources. The VRC Staff is available to provide information on appropriate campus and community services, assist with access to educational benefits and help support a successful transition to college life for military connected students. The center is dedicated to promoting superb support services for personal growth, development, and educational success. For further information visit Veterans Resources Center (VRC).
VA Education Benefits
Skyline College offers instruction to veterans, service members, dependents and survivors of veterans, and to other eligible persons. The college assists students who are working toward an AA/AS degree, or certain transfer programs, with certification of benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapters 30, (Veterans), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 33 (the Post-9/11 GI Bill®), Chapter 35 (Veterans’ Spouses or Dependents), Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve), Chapter 1607, and VEAP. All veterans and/or dependents, except those under Chapters 31 and 33, pay for their own college tuition/fees. Veterans using Chapter 31 work with the School Certifying Official and campus bookstore to secure books and supplies.
Visit Veterans Resources Center (VRC) and click on Educational Benefits or connect with the Veterans Resource Center to learn about applying for VA Educational Benefits and the certification process. Veterans may check the status of VA Educational Benefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov.
The State of California provides a program for the children of veterans who are deceased or disabled from service connected causes. Applications and eligibility criteria are available at www.va.gov or from the San Mateo County Veterans Service Office, 550 Quarry Road, San Carlos, CA 94070, (650) 802-6598.
(GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.)
Transcripts and VA Education Benefits Certification
Veterans and military-connected students must file official copies of all previously-attended colleges, military transcripts and DD-214 with the Office of Admissions and Records within their first semester of attendance. Those utilizing VA Educational Benefits must submit a request for transcript evaluation of courses from previously attended colleges through WEBSMART within their first semester of attendance to avoid overpayment from the VA.
Academic Probation and VA Education Certification
College policy regarding Academic Probation applies to all students and is available at http://catalog.skylinecollege.edu/current/academic-standards/probation.php. In addition, students using VA education benefits placed on Academic Probation for failure to maintain a 2.0 grade point average must improve their GPA within the following two semesters or the college is required to report a termination of the veteran’s education benefits due to unsatisfactory academic progress (as defined by the Department of Veterans Affairs). More information is available from the Veterans Certifying Official in the Office of Admissions and Records.
Military Service Credit
For academic credit purposes, a veteran is defined as an honorably discharged member of the United States Armed Forces who was on active duty for one year or longer. Upon presentation of separation or discharge papers, qualifying veterans are exempted from the Physical Education requirement for the AA/AS degree. They are also granted six units of elective credit toward the AA/AS degree. An approved DD-214 may also be used to fulfill 3 units of the California State University Area E (Lifelong Understanding & Self-Development) General Education Breadth requirement.
In addition, veterans who qualify may receive credit for military service schools toward the Associate in Arts/Science degree upon presentation of proof to the Office of Admissions and Records. Units of credit for military service (six units) and military service schools will be recorded and so annotated on the student’s academic record.
For further information, contact the Veterans Certifying Official in the Office of Admissions and Records.
Military withdrawal may be requested when a student who is a member of an active or reserve United States military service receives orders compelling a withdrawal from courses. Upon verification of such orders, a military withdrawal symbol (MW) will be assigned for each course if the withdrawal occurs after the period during which no notation is made for withdrawals on the student’s record. Military withdrawals are not counted in progress probation and dismissal calculations. Students granted military withdrawal may request a refund of the enrollment fee. The entire enrollment fee will be refunded unless academic credit has been awarded.