Welcome All Veterans!
To further limit the potential of COVID-19 spreading within our local community, City College of San Francisco temporarily suspended face to face student services and instruction effective Friday, March 13–March 20. Student Services will use these days to prepare for the transition to remote delivery of student services beginning Monday, March 30. Please note, CCSF will be closed for Spring Break March 23 – March 27.
For questions or to request assistance effective March 30, please contact:
Please note that the VA has reported that there should be no disruptions in payments for Veterans whose VA GI Bill®* and Voc Rehab benefits were previously processed/certified.
For more information re: payments and benefits, please contact:
VA GI Bill®* Hotline: (888) 442-4551
For VR&E/Vocational Rehabilitation: Please contact your assigned Case Manager via e-mail.
Alternatively if you are unsure of the status of your Voc Rehab/VR&E benefits *as long as they remain open* you can contact the general VR&E offices:
Oakland VR&E: (510) 637-6128
Sacramento VR&E: (916) 364-6700
Fresno VR&E: (559) 443-1491
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about educational benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill .
For OFFICIAL word from the VA regarding COVID-19 and its impact on VA Education Benefits read below:
"Schools across the country are in the process of or have already moved from in-person courses to online courses in the interest of public health due to COVID-19 concerns. For GI Bill students, this change in training modality raises questions and concerns about the impact to their GI Bill benefits and importantly, housing allowances.
What is the impact, if any, to GI Bill recipients when their schools are either closed or has directed their students to take classes online as a result of precautions taken due to COVID-19?
The answer will depend on the type of action taken by the school, the timing of the action, and the current program approval.
- If a school temporarily closes due to an established policy based on an Executive order of the President or due to an emergency situation, VA may continue benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) for up to 4 weeks during a 12-month period. This authority, and limitation, are codified in statute (38 U.S.C. § 3680(a)(2)(A).
If the school remains open (virtually, rather than physically),
and students are transitioned to pursuit solely through online
classes, then benefit payments will be impacted as follows:
- If the switch from training in-residence to online classes occurs during the term, and the program has been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, then benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) will remain unchanged for the remainder of that term.
- However, for any subsequent terms pursued solely online, the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be reduced to one-half of the national average of DoD’s Basic Allowance for Housing rates for an E-5 with dependents. The limitations on MHA rates are codified in statute (38 U.S.C. § 3313(c)(1)(B)(iii).
- Lastly, if the program has not been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, benefit payments will completely stop (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) when students begin training online.
If your GI Bill students have questions about their specific circumstance, please have them contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday".
Follow the LINKs below to view Importaint information from CCSF:
The Veterans Center at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is located in Cloud 333 & 332 and is comprised of: the Veterans Educational Transition Services (VETS) Office (including Veterans Academic Counseling and Certifying of VA GI Bill®* educational/ vocational benefits), the SF VA Student Veteran Health Program and the Veteran Resource Center & Lounge.
At the Veterans Center on CCSF's main campus in Cloud Hall veterans can:
- receive general information about using veterans educational benefits at CCSF
- meet with a Veteran Academic Counselor for education and career planning assistance (required if using VA educational or vocational benefits)
- speak with a Certifying Official (who processes VA educational/vocational benefits)
- enroll in VA health care
- find out about local VA medical, mental health & other CCSF & community resources
- schedule SFVA medical, mental health and some other specialty appointments
- speak with a VA social worker from our SFVA Student Veteran Health Program
- receive information or referrals to programs such as DSPS at CCSF (for testing or other class accommodations for veterans with disabilities)
- speak with other CCSF student veterans
- study, eat or hang out in the VRC
SPRING 2020 SEMESTER
Important Information & Tips:
(Veterans fall under the 1st Priority Group for Registration Priority Groups)
- Priority Registration (for Veterans) for the Summer and Fall 2020 semester begins:
- Summer 2020: Web Registration begins
- Fall 2020: Web Registration begins
- Priority Registration is available to veterans generally ~2-4 months prior to the first day of each new semester. For summer the priority registration date is generally 2-3 weeks prior to summer start date.
- You will receive an email to your CCSF email informing you of your priority registration date. If there are complications with receiving this email, please contact the VETS Office to confirm your priority registration status at (415) 239-3486.
- For students who plan on using VA Education Benefits OR Vocational Rehabilitation for Summer 2020 & Fall 2020 classes, it is best if you come into the VETS Office on the Fall 2020 priority registration date to complete paperwork for BOTH semesters at once.
- IF you are planning on ONLY using VA Education Benefits OR Vocational Rehabilitation for Fall 2020 feel free to come into the VETS Office on the Fall 2020 registration date.
Early completion of the New Student Matriculation Process (see column on the right for details) will help ensure a more timely payment of VA educational benefits.
Veterans Educational Transition Services (VETS) Offices
50 Frida Kahlo | Cloud Hall, Room 333 | San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 239-3486 | Fax: (415) 239-3490
Monday to Thursday: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Please Note: Veteran's Counseling hours are subject to change without prior notice.
Call (415) 239-3486 for availability.
Quick Note about out of state tuition:
- If you enroll within 3 years of your discharge date you should be eligible for in-state tuition at CCSF
For any further questions regarding in-state tuition, please contact the VETS Office at (415) 239-3486. The Residency Department is reachable at (415) 239-3287.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about educational benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The Walter S. Newman Veterans Resource Center
The Resource Center, which is located in Cloud Hall 332 (next door to the VETS and SFVA Offices), serves as a veteran student resource center equipped with computers and television among other things which can be used as a study space or simply an area for down time for on campus veterans.
San Francisco VA
Student Veteran Health Program
(Open to All CCSF Veterans)
***UPDATE: GIven the temporary suspension of face-to-face classes beginning 3/13/20, anyone hoping to connect with SFVA's CCSF Student Veteran Health Program (SVHP) staff for assistance in enrolling in VA health care or other supportive services can contact us M-F (9am-5pm), at:
(415) 200-6933 or (415) 254-6842
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath or have either recently returned from China or have had direct exposure to others diagnosed with COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus seek medical care right away. Contact SFVA's Telephone Linked Care (TLC) Line (24/7) at 800-733-0502 and ask to speak with an Advice Nurse.
The SFVA Emergency Department (4150 Clement Street @ 42nd Ave, SF 94121) is open 24/7 for urgent and emergency medical and mental health issues. Veterans may also enroll on-site in VA health care at Member Services at the same location (4150 Clement St, SF).
Additionally, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 at:
(800) 273-8255, Press 1 for Veterans
ENROLL IN VA HEALTH CARE
TAKE A PHOTO FOR YOUR VA ID CARD
MONTHLY SPEAKERS IN THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS ON VARIOUS VETERAN-SPECIFIC TOPICS
REFERRALS TO VA MEDICAL, MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
ASSISTANCE NAVIGATING VA SYSTEMS
*CLOUD HALL 333*
*Call (415) 452-5253 or (415) 452-5151*
***CCSF Offices are closed until 4/7/20, but SFVA CCSF SVHP staff are reachable via VA Mobile at: (415) 254-6842 or (415) 200-6933