Using Your GI Bill
San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar College requires that Veteran Students pay enrollment fees and tuition at time of registration. Students are not enrolled in a class until payment has been received. Students will be reimbursed once the Department of Veterans Affairs pays the college.
Please use the following chart to determine your enrollment status. Your education benefits are based on the number of units taken within a number of weeks. A general guide is:
|Term||Full Time||3/4 Time||1/2 Time|
|Fall and Spring||12+ units||9 to 11.5 units||6 to 8.5 units|
|Summer (8-Week)||6+ units||4 to 5.5 units||3 to 3.5 units|
|Summer (6-Week)||4+ units||3 to 3.5 units||2 to 2.5 units|
|Summer (4-Week)||3+ units||2 to 3.5 units||N/A|
In order to prevent the possibility of receiving an erroneous DVA educational benefits check, promptly report any changes made to your enrollment to the Veterans Service office in the Admissions and Records office. Any withdrawal or failure to attend class may result in an adjustment to the award, which may result in a debt to the US government, which includes interest.
Veteran students assume full liability for any overpayment of veteran's benefits. All persons receiving Veterans benefits must report to the Veterans Service Office after registering for classes each semester.
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 will be the Parent School. Veteran students must pick up a Veterans Affairs Parent School Letter from the VA Certifying Official, or an authorization letter from the advisor at the student's Parent School. This form states that the courses taken at the Supplemental School will be credited toward the current major the student is pursuing. Veteran students are responsible for informing the Supplemental School's Veterans' Office where their Parent School is located. The Supplemental School will complete the certification for the benefits form (VA form 22-1999) and send it to the Parent School.
Direct deposit of VA educational benefits payment is now available for Chapter 30,
33, 35, VRAP recipients.
This program speeds up education and work study payments. It also decreases chance
of missing, lost, or stolen checks.
As easy as 1-2-3, Chapter 30 students may request direct deposit through the VA by
calling the VA at:
The VA will require students to provide their VA file number, bank routing number, and checking/savings account number.
Students may qualify to receive assistance from the VA for individual tutoring. To qualify, they must be enrolled in 1/2 time or better and have a deficiency in a subject which they are currently drawing VA educational benefits for. If eligible for tutoring benefits under a GI Bill students may receive up to $1200 maximum for tutoring. For further information and to apply for VA tutorial assistance, contact your Certifying Official.
Returning students who have been out of school for over 30 days and new students may choose to receive Advanced Payment. This must be done no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. Check with your Certifying Official for requirements, and dates in which to apply for Advance Pay.
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Using your GI Bill
The San Diego Mesa College Veterans Office offers assistance with applying for education benefits. The following educational benefits are available to veterans and dependents at Mesa College. Click on the VA Benefits that are you using to view the appropriate checklist.
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill - Transfer of Entitlement)
- Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty)
- Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): Veterans who qualify for educational benefits as disabled veterans may be entitled to special educational benefits. Veterans should visit the Veterans Administration Regional Office, 8810 Rio San Diego Dr, San Diego, CA 92108, to determine their eligibility for disabled status (telephone: 1.800.827.1000 FREE).
- Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
- Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Reservists)
- Chapter 1607 (Montgomery GI Bill - Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
For additional benefit details visit the Mesa Veterans Office