Academic Catalogs

Veterans Assistance

Coastline is approved by the Bureau of School Approvals, California State Department of Education, to offer programs to veterans and eligible persons seeking benefits under Federal Public Laws and the California Veterans Educational Laws. Coastline follows the guidelines issued by the Council for Private and Post-Secondary and Vocational Education, which apply to all institutions enrolling veterans and other eligible persons for veterans benefits. For questions regarding veterans benefits, visit the Coastline VA Benefits webpage, check with the Veteran Certifying Official in the Admissions Office at (714) 241-6325, or email

Veterans Resource Centers

Coastline’s Veterans Resource Centers (VRC), located at the College Center, Garden Grove Campus, and Newport Beach Campus, are community-based service centers that engage enrolled veterans, veteran-serving organizations, and community veterans who wish to support their peers.

The VRCs provide a comfortable and positive environment where Veterans will find access to academic resources, community referrals, networking opportunities, counseling and advisement services, computer access with Wi-Fi, a place to study, and workshops of value to veterans. Coastline also provides the resource information available in the VRCs to students worldwide through a Virtual VRC.

Our goal is to honor our veterans for their service, and to fully assist them with an effective transition and reintegration into civilian life.

Veterans Resource Centers Locations:

College Center VRC
11460 Warner Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Garden Grove VRC
12901 Euclid Street
Garden Grove, CA  92840

Newport Beach VRC
1515 Monrovia Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92663

For more information regarding the VRC, email, call (714) 241-6126, or visit the Coastline Veterans Resource Centers webpage.

Eligibility for Veterans Benefits

Veterans may be eligible for benefits for ten years after the date of separation from active duty, provided the discharge or release was other than dishonorable, he/she served at least one hundred and eighty-one (181) continuous days, or was discharged or released because of a service-connected disability. Veterans who entered active duty beginning July 1, 1985, may be eligible under Chapter 30 of the Montgomery GI bill provided they:

  • Served at least two years with honorable discharge and
  • Had $100 per month deducted from their military pay for educational benefits during the first 12 months of active duty.

Selected Reserve participants may be eligible under Chapter 1606.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® education benefit program is for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 10, 2010.

Veterans Administration Requirements for Receiving Veterans Benefits

  1. In order to claim benefits, a veteran or eligible person must have, as an educational objective, an
    1. Associate Degree,
    2. Baccalaureate Degree, or
    3. Certificate Program.
      If after consulting the college catalog or the schedule of classes a person wishing to file for veterans benefits is still unsure of his/her goals or major, arrangements should be made for a counseling appointment.
  2. In order to ensure continuity of benefits, satisfactory progress must be made toward the stated major.
  3. Attendance in enrolled classes is expected at all times.
  4. After each registration, the person receiving veterans benefits must notify the Veteran Certifying Official of any program changes, i.e., complete withdrawal from college, adjustment of units, courses added and dropped, etc.
  5. Those with 24 or more units of college work completed and who wish to apply for benefits must have program approval. Contact the Veteran Certifying Official for proper procedure.
  6. Veterans with fewer than 24 units must submit transcripts for all previous college work to Coastline College within four weeks after the semester begins.

Unit Load to Qualify for GI Bill:

Time 8-week Session 16-week Semester
Full time 6 units 12 units
3/4 time 4-5 units 9-11 units
1/2 time 3 units 6-8 units

CAL-VET: Students who qualify for CAL-VET benefits should contact Coastline’s Financial Aid Office.

It will be the responsibility of the veteran or eligible dependent to adhere to the regulations of the Veterans Administration and Coastline policies. If there are any questions regarding the veteran benefits, check with the Veteran Certifying Official at (714) 241-6325.


Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACA)

Effective July 1, 2015, California Education Code (68075.S(c)c) allows California Community Colleges to grant full exemption from the nonresident fee for all students verified to be “covered individuals” per the below criteria and that qualify to use Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty or Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits (Chapters 30 and 33, respectively, of Title 38, U.S. Code) while living in California.

Covered Individuals:

  1. A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  2. A spouse or child entitled to transferred education benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  3. A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty) who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  4. After expiration of the three year period following discharge or death as described in 38 U.S.C. 3679(c), a student who initially qualifies under the applicable requirements above will maintain “covered individual” status as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters or terms) at the institution, even if they enroll in multiple programs and shall continue to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees as described in the updated fee policy described below.

How do I Obtain the VACA Act Tuition Fee Waiver?

The VACA Act Tuition Fee Waiver form is available on the Coastline Student Forms webpage, in the  Students-Military folder.

Registration Priority for Veterans

Coastline College offers priority registration to veterans for four academic years within 15 years of separation date. To be considered for Veteran Priority registration students must:

  • Meet all of the Priority Registration requirements found in the Admissions and Registration section of this catalog
  • Submit a copy of their DD Form 214 (Member-4 copy)

New and returning students who have previously submitted the above should request priority registration by contacting the Veteran Certifying Official. For additional information please contact the Veteran Certifying Official in the Admissions and Records Office at (714) 241-6325.

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. Department of Veterans Affairs website.