Steps to Take
Getting started is a multi-step process at Shoreline. As a student veteran, you have multiple applications to complete. These can be done concurrently. You are advised to start your financial aid application as early as possible due to lengthy processing times.
1. Apply for Admission to Shoreline Community College
2. Apply for your VA Benefits
- Review the Department of Veterans Affairs website to learn about VA education benefits.
- Apply for VA benefits – Complete your online benefits application through e-Benefits the VA online application website, or submit a paper application on Form 22-1990 by mail to the VA Regional Processing Office.
- It typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive your Certificate of Eligibility.
- For assistance completing your application, call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551) to speak with an Education Case Manager.
3. Apply for Financial Aid
Note: Applying for Financial Aid does not guarantee any award nor does it necessarily mean that you are taking on Student Loans. There are grants and other sources of funding that may be available to you. Financial Aid is meant to be used in conjunction with your GI Bill®.
4. Request official transcripts from previous institutions attended
- Have all official transcripts (military and college) sent to Shoreline Community College, Enrollment Services, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133.
- Your military transcript can be ordered from Joint Services Transcript.
- If you are completing a Transfer Degree, submit a Transfer Degree Request for Evaluation. Mark “Send to Veterans Programs”.
- Plan to bring all unofficial transcripts to Veterans Orientation and any subsequent advising appointments.
5. Attend a Student Veterans Orientation Session
- Call 206-546-4645 to register for a Student Veterans orientation session. Orientation sessions are held every Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m.
- Note: Student Veterans are encouraged to attend the college-wide New Student Orientation. Sign up here: https://www.shoreline.edu/advising/new-students.aspx
- Bring all required documentation to orientation:
» DD 214 Certificate of Release from Active Duty or a Military I.D.
» Certificate of Eligibility from the VA
» Official or unofficial college and/or military transcripts
6. Meet with your Academic Advisor
- Following orientation, meet with Rosemary Whiteside, Academic Advisor, for advising.
- In your initial advising session, you will discuss your education & career goals and complete a planning sheet to guide you in registering for your classes. Rosemary will sign the Veterans Academic Plan for you.
- Once you have determined your intended area of study, you will be referred to a Faculty Advisor for advising in subsequent quarters.
7. Register for Classes & Pay Tuition
- Pay your Tuition & Fees:
- For students with Chapter 33 Post-9/11, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehab, Tuition Assistance, or MyCAA benefits, the VA pays the college directly for your tuition & fees.
- For all other Chapter benefits, payment for tuition & fees is due within 5 business days following registration of the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first.
Items you must turn in to the Veterans Program Office are:
» A copy of your class schedule (EVERY quarter)
» A Student Responsibility Form (one time only or if you change your degree plan or VA Benefit Chapter)
» A SIGNED Veterans Academic Plan (one time only or if you change your degree plan)
**Failure to submit these items will result in you being dropped from your classes for NON PAYMENT.
**You cannot be certified for your benefits until you have turned in the required documents listed above.
8. Set up your Shoreline email account
9. Buy a parking permit
10. Buy your books
11. Get your student ID
12. Find your classes
Find your way around campus using the campus map.
Contact UsStudent Support Programs
FOSS Building, Rm 5226
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Monday - Thursday
0800 - 1700
0800 - 1330
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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.