Veterans Resource Center

Steps to Apply for Veterans' Educational Benefits

Step One: Apply for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits

  • Go to the GI Bill® website.
  • Select Apply for Benefits
  • Scroll down and select Launch VONAPP and Apply for Benefits
    • If you used your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) at a previous school, please request an additional and up to date copy by calling VA Department of Education at 888.442.4551.
  • If you are a reservist or National Guard member, contact your unit to obtain a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) – this is in addition to the application located in VONAPP.
  • If you wish to transfer your Post-9/11 eligibility to your dependent(s), go to the Department of Defense site for up to date information about this process.

Step Two: Admission, Advising, Assessment, and Registration

  • Go to Enrollment Services for step by step instructions, then click on New Student Quick Start on the menu to the left.

Step Three: Attend a Veteran's Orientation

After you have completed Step 1 and have been admitted to the college (Step 2), call 425.640.1175 to schedule an orientation. Parents, spouses, and/or significant others are welcome to join you in the orientation session. Bring the following paperwork to the orientation session:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (CoE), or VONAPP's confirmation page.
  • Program Requirement Sheet for the degree or certificate you wish to work on.
    • These are available on the first floor of Lynnwood Hall, or by going to the online college catalog:
      • Click on Degree and Program by Type on the left hand menu.
      • Click on the program you are interested in and print the Program Requirement Sheet.
  • Assessment (ACCUPLACER®) Test Scores – complete Step 2 above. Note: if you have placement information from another Washington state community or technical college, you may use that placement rather than take the ACCUPLACER Assessment Test.
  • DD214 Member 4 copy showing your type of discharge.
  • NOBE (Reservist 1606 Benefits)

For Chapter 35 – Dependents/Spouse, bring the following paperwork to the orientation:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • 100% Letter
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate of dependent
  • Service member's death certificate, if applicable
  • Program Requirement Sheet for the degree or certificate you wish to work on.
    • These are available on the first floor of Lynnwood Hall, or by going to the online college catalog:
      • Click on Degree and Program by Type on the left hand menu.
      • Click on the program you are interested in and print the Program Requirement Sheet.
  • Assessment (ACCUPLACER) Test Scores – complete Step 2 above. Note: if you have placement information from another Washington state community or technical college, you may use that placement rather than take the ACCUPLACER Assessment Test.

Step 4: Meet with the VA Certifying Official

After you attend orientation, you have the opportunity to sit down with the VA Certifying Official to go over your paperwork and discuss the process of receiving your benefits. Additional information and rules that apply to receiving your benefits are explained during this meeting.

Please note that you are free to make an appointment to meet with the VA Certifying Official at any time during this process, and at any time you have questions or concerns. To make an appointment, call 425.640.1175.