Veterans Services

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Priority Registration begins Monday, November 15th for the Spring 2022 Semester!

Priority Registration begins Monday, November 14th for the Spring 2023 Semester *In order to receive a Priority Registration assignment, students must complete Orientation, Placement, and a First Year Plan by Monday, October 31st

Be sure to check your campus email for important notifications. Counseling appointments are currently available by phone or over Zoom. You can register online through your MyCMC student portal or by contacting Veteran Services at 760-366-5201 ext. 5823 or by email at:

If you are currently using education benefits and plan to continue, click here for the NEW fillable approval forms:

Fillable VA Approval Form 2022-23 with Attendance

New students who intend to use education benefits must contact Veterans Services at 760-366-3791 ext. 5891, or email:

Veterans Services General Information PowerPoint

Veteran Program Course Requirements

Students are required to maintain regular class attendance and satisfactory progress. Veterans, dependent and reservists must declare a major and are responsible for enrolling only in classes required for their major.

Students may receive benefits when repeating a course in which a grade of “F” or “NC” was received if the course is required or if the course is a prerequisite to a required course. In some cases a course in which a “D” was received may be repeated. Notify the Veterans Office of any course you are planning to repeat.

Students using GI Bill® benefits may be certified the first semester with with unofficial transcripts. However, official transcripts must be submitted AND evaluated before students are certified for their second semester Transcript evaluation may take up to 6 weeks, so it is important to submit official transcripts as soon as possible!

Check with the Veterans Services Office before registering for a course that does not begin on the first date of the semester and end on the last date of the semester. The Veterans Services Office must immediately report status changes as well as withdrawals to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to avoid possible overpayment of benefits and subsequent billing from the Department of Veterans Affairs, it is imperative that students collecting benefits report all course changes and withdrawals immediately to the Admissions & Records Office and to the Veterans Services Office.

Veterans Priority Registration

Copper Mountain College offers priority registration to all veterans and active duty, regardless of separation date or use of GI Bill® benefits.  This exceeds the minimum standard set by the State of California.  To obtain priority status, please bring proof of prior military service (retired ID, Department of Veterans Affair ID, DD 214, etc.) to Veterans Services on the main campus.  Veterans’ dependents do not qualify for this benefit.        

Fillable approval forms are for students already processed and enrolled with Veterans Services:

Fillable VA Approval Form 2022-23 with Attendance 

New students who intend to use education benefits must contact Veterans Services at 760-366-3791 ext. 5813, or email: 

TA & the GI Bill®


Please contact CMC’s Military Base Programs Office at (760)366-3791 x 5891 for guidance and assistance with Tuition Assistance.

Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill® program other than the Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code). Students must choose to receive either 1606/1607 or Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).

This is in effect Spring 2015 until further notice is given by the DoD.

GI Bill® Information

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Chapter 33
Chapter 35
Chapter 31 Voc Rehab

Resident Enrollment Fees

Pursuant to the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice, VACA), Copper Mountain College offers resident enrollment fees to all covered individuals, effective July 1, 2015.

Eligible Veterans and dependents initially determined to be subject to out of state tuition should submit a change of status form with required documentation to Veterans Services.  Veterans Services may be contacted at 866-366-3791 x5813 or

Bud & Betty's Place For Veterans

photo of people in bud and Betty's place for VeteransOpen for all Student Veterans and Active Duty Service Members!!!  

Stop on by for a visit!!

Other Useful Veterans Resources

Copper Mountain College is pleased to provide services and resources to all student veterans.  Please see the link below for additional resources offered on campus and in the community.

To remain current with what is going on in CMC’s Veteran Community, please check out and like your Copper Mountain College Veterans Services Facebook page:

Veterans Services Additional Resources Contact List

Apply for the Promise Grant Fee Waiver and a Pell Grant!!

GI Bill Comparison Tool:

VA Tweet:

VA Facebook page: 

Complaint Link:

Student Services Complaint Form 


Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill® Call Center.  A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit.  If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller.  The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.  Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are talking to.

The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000  (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill® Call Center number is 888-442-4551)

VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.

Criminal Background Checks

Some academic programs at the College require a criminal background check.  Students should be aware that the results of the background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement.  You may be denied access to a program on the basis of the results of the background check.  The College is required to comply with licensing requirements and with policies of our partner agencies.  If you have a felony or a misdemeanor in your background, please see your program director to discuss the impact on your academic and professional career.

RN Program Advanced Placement - Military Challenge

Honorably discharged individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations [Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)] may apply for Advanced Placement into RN Program N-015 Concepts of Nursing Practice I of the RN Program.

For more information, please see the Health Sciences webpage: 

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)

The Department of Defense has sunset the SOC Degree Network System (DNS) as of March 29, 2019. Please contact the Veterans Resource Specialist at (760)366-3791 x. 5891 for additional information.

SOC FAQs For Students

SOC DNS Institution Letter 02.04.19

Student Veterans of Copper Mountain College (SVCMC)

photo of veterans booth during club dayStudent Veterans of Copper Mountain College (SVCMC) invite all student Veterans and active duty military to stop by Bud & Betty’s Place for Veterans, Located in the 300 Quad opposite Bruce’s Place.

To learn more about the SVCMC stop by and speak with one of the members or talk to Veterans Services at 760.366.3791 ext. 5813 or email

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