Getting Started

Steps to Take

Getting started is a multi-step process at Shoreline. As a military-connected student, you have multiple applications to complete. These applications can be completed concurrently. You are advised to start your financial aid application as early as possible due to lengthy processing times. Use this step-by-step instruction sheet to get started.

  • Complete an online application
    • Be sure to mark Veteran on your application if applicable
    • The application takes 3-5 days to process.
    • Once processed, you will receive an email containing your Student ID number

  • It typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA

  • Check out all Financial Aid options
  • Get your PIN (Electronic signature)
  • Complete the free online FAFSA. SCC code: 003791 *You will need your DD214

  • 24 hours after admission, activate your Shoreline email account
  • Don’t miss important info from Shoreline. All email communication is sent to your account
  • Check your Shoreline email account often as we cannot send email to your personal email account.

  • Learn about Placement options
  • If placement is required, we recommend Directed Self Placement (DSP) for English and ALEKS for Math
  • Please bring placement documents to your Indoc appointment

  • Have all official transcripts (military and college) sent to Shoreline Community College Enrollment Services:
  • If you are completing a Transfer Degree, see Transcript Evaluation
    • Submit the transcript evaluation form to Enrollment Services
    • Be sure to mark “Send to Veterans Programs” and list your military transcript
  • Please bring unofficial transcripts to your Indoc appointment and any subsequent advising appointments

  • Call (206) 546-4545 to register. Indoc appointments are typically held every Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Review the Required Documents form and bring all applicable documentation
  • In this appointment, you will:
    • Finalize your GI Bill® paperwork
    • Learn how your VA Education Benefits work
    • Learn about campus and community resources
    • Discuss your education and career goals
    • Develop a required academic plan to guide you in registering for classes

  • Register for classes online
  • Pay your Tuition & Fees:
    • For students with Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) , Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31), Tuition Assistance (TA), or MyCAA benefits, the VA pays the college directly for your tuition & fees
    • For students with Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD – Chapter 30), MGIB Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR- Chapter 1606), payment for tuition & fees is due within 5 business days following registration or the 1st day of the quarter, whichever comes first
    • For students with Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance (Chapter 35), please discuss with the Veterans Program Coordinator/Certifying Official during your Indoc appointment

  • Get your Shoreline ID
    • You will need to provide your class schedule and a legal photo ID
  • Check out the Bookstore and/or research other options for purchasing/renting textbooks

Contact Us

Veteran & Military Student Services

FOSS (5000) Building, Room 5226
Monday - Thursday
0800 - 1700
0800 - 1200

Missy Anderson
Certifying Official

(206) 546-4645

Rosemary Whiteside
Veterans Advisor

(206) 533-6719

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 website at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.