Re-apply to Grossmont College if you have been out for two consecutive semesters.
Veterans: If you have NOT already done so, turn in your DD 214 member 4 copy to request priority registration. Active Duty service members can submit a copy of their military identification card to request priority registration. Both of these documents can be submitted to email@example.com to request priority registration. For active duty service members this request has to be made every semester you would like priority registration, veterans only need to request priority registration once with their DD 214.
If you have attended other colleges/universities, request all transcripts to be officially sent to Grossmont College (GC). All individual transcripts from each individual school must be sent to GC and it is the student's responsibility to verify that transcripts have been received by GC. Electronic transcripts are preferred because they can be processed quicker. Electronic transcripts must come directly from the institution and not the student. Incoming transcripts should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Admissions and Records.
Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov
You will need to complete the English/Math placement questionnaire in Self-Service if:
- You have NOT already completed an English/Math course and plan to earn an associate degree or transfer
- You have NOT already completed the English/Math Assessment or Placement Questionnaire at Grossmont College and plan to earn an associate degree or transfer.
Make a counseling appointment with a VRC Counselor to complete an educational plan. You must have a declared major and will need your 7 digit student ID number to schedule the appointment. If you have any trouble with our online appointment system please contact 619.644.7205 or e-mail email@example.com.
Register for courses using WebAdvisor
Complete a Grossmont College Intent Form every semester you plan to use VA education benefits and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be certified for VA education benefits. Grossmont College does not assume that when you register for courses you plan to use VA education benefits. You control when you choose to use benefits and submitting the intent form is how you communicate that you plan to use VA education benefits. If the VAO does not receive all of your required documentation for VA benefits your VA payment will not be processed.
Everyone receiving VA benefits is required, by the Veterans Administration, to maintain regular class attendance and satisfactory progress to comply with the Academic Policies section of the current Grossmont College Catalog. Students should refer to the -General Education" -Degree Requirements" sections of the current catalog.
Counseling Center: For academic advising, changing majors / classes, make an appointment with a counselor every semester. (619) 644-7208
The Transfer Center is also available for information about the UC and CSU Public Institutions, as well as Independent Institutions. For more information refer to the -University Transfer Center" website at www.grossmont.edu/transfercenter
VETERANS: Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606 & 1607 receive FIRST DAY Priority Registration. This is about 9 weeks before the start of each semester. You are encouraged to plan accordingly to take advantage of this opportunity, then file your Intent form at the VAO. Call the VAO for questions about registration dates.
Military Credit: Submit your military transcript to the VAO for review of military service schools. You will need to fill out a request for military credit form. Credit may be granted in accord with recommendations by the ACE guidelines, up to a maximum of 20 units for work similar to Grossmont courses. Military Credit is not transferable and can be used toward major requirements, only with consent from the Department Chair and a Modification of Major form. You will be mailed documentation showing the results of the review.
New or Returning Students (who have been out of school for over 30 days) may choose to receive Advanced Payment. This must be done no later than 30 days prior to the beginning date of the semester/term. Check with the Grossmont VAO for requirements, general questions and applicable dates to apply for Advance Pay. Please note that by receiving Advance Pay you will receive payment for the first partial month and the second month of the semester. The next payment will not be made until you certify at the end of the 3rd month of the semester. As of this time, Post 9/11, Ch 33 is not eligible for advance pay.
While receiving VA Educational Benefits, students may be concurrently enrolled at more than one school during the same semester. Whichever school the student is pursuing a degree from is considered the Parent School. The other school is considered the Secondary School. Grossmont Students must fill out a -Veterans Affairs Office Parent School letter" form at the VAO. If you are attending another institution and wish to receive benefits as a Guest Student for a course at Grossmont College, an authorization form/letter from the VAO at your Parent School is required. This form/letter states that the courses taken at the Secondary School will be credited toward the current major the student is pursuing. All -Guest Students" are responsible for contacting the Secondary School's Veterans Office to file required forms, the Parent School Course Approval Letter is usually mailed or faxed between colleges. The Secondary School will complete the certification for Guest Student benefits.
Veteran students, who receive benefits under Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607, must verify their enrollment on or after the last day of each month. Veterans receive an award letter from the VA Regional Processing Center in Muskogee, OK, after certification of enrollment in authorized courses. Once this is received, the student can self-certify. To insure prompt payment of benefits you must remember to certify every month, even if your class(es) ended before the end of the month. The earliest that verification can be done is the last day of the month. Monthly verification (self-certification) can be done via one of the following two ways:
Internet - WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment): Easiest and shows detailed information about YOUR benefits. Go To: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/
Telephone- Using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Failure to self-certify every month will lead to your benefits being delayed or suspended.
Please be aware that Federal holidays and filing your Intent Form late, may delay the initial Certification Process and thus, timely deposit of your benefits. You are encouraged to plan accordingly and keep at least a month's benefits in reserve at your financial institution to prevent problems, especially if your benefits provide the majority of your income.
Direct deposit of your monthly VA educational benefits payment is available for Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and 1607 recipients. This option allows faster receipt of monthly benefits, and work study payments. It also decreases the chance of missing, lost or stolen checks. If you did not request direct deposit when you applied for benefits, you may initiate the process at any time by calling the VA at:
1-877-838-2778; Monday - Friday 5:30 AM to 2:50 PM - Pacific Time.
You need to provide your VA file number, 9 digit bank routing number, and checking or savings account number. To cancel or change direct deposit or home address, fill out Form 20-572 in the VAO. We will same-day-fax your request to the VA Regional Office in Muskogee, OK.
This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits who is attending
school three-quarter time or more. A student working under this program may work at
the school veterans' office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facilities, or at approved
State employment offices. Work-study students are paid at either the state or Federal
minimum wage, whichever is greater. If you have other questions on this program contact
the VA toll-free number 1-888-442-4551, or the VAO on campus.
This is a tax-free employment program. The hourly rate, currently, is $11.00 an hour, as of January 2019. Students must be enrolled in and receiving educational benefits of at least 3/4 time, 9-11.5 units/semester. Contact the Grossmont VAO for summer term requirements.
For jobs at off-campus VA work study sites contact:
County of San Diego-Veterans Service Office:
Vista-760-643-2049 (ask for Mike).
San Diego VA Regional Office:
619-400-5630 (Jesus Camacho).
VA Hospital, La Jolla:
858-642-3432 (Jerry Mailhot).
San Diego 619-294-2040 (Michael Groniga).
San Marcos 760-744-6914 (Dane Galkey).
Rates depend upon amount contributed and/or length of time in service (Number of months of contribution), as well as enrollment status. Inquire at the VAO/ or GI Bill website for current pay rates for each chapter.
Undergraduate Enrollment Status by Number of Credits
Fall and Spring
9.0 - 11.5
6.0 - 8.5
Summer & Semester 8-week
4.0 - 5.5
3.0 - 3.5
Summer -- 6-week
3.0 - 3.5
Summer -- 4-week
2.0 - 3.5
Spring intersession - 3 week
Each student receiving VA education benefits through the VAO, must follow the college's standards, as stated in the Academic Policies section of the current college catalog, to be eligible for the VA Certification process. In addition, each student must read and sign the original copy of the Grossmont College Veterans Checklist in the VAO when applying for benefits. This acknowledges your agreement to follow VA rules and regulations, which the Certifying Official is responsible for administering. Students must also keep current and correct contact information on file in the VAO.
If you are having difficulty in any of your classes, you should first talk to your professor. If the difficulty is other than that which can be addressed by tutoring, you should make an appointment with a Counselor. Through the VA, up to $1200 is available for Individualized Tutorial Assistance. You must be receiving VA education benefits at half-time rate or more. If you have a deficiency in a subject necessitating private tutoring, beyond Tutoring/Learning Assistance services available on campus, students can be reimbursed for payments to a qualified tutor. The first $600 does not count against your benefits award. For questions regarding VA tutorial assistance, and to get a copy of Form 22-1990, contact the VAO. Students will need to provide documentation from their instructor identifying their need for tutoring, the qualifications of, and fees paid to the tutor, to apply for reimbursement.