Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS)

Veterans Checklist

These steps will assist you through the admissions process and initiate your VA Education Benefits at Chico State.

Step 1: Apply for Admission

Prospective Chico State students must apply using Cal State Apply. Applications submitted through Cal State Apply allow students the opportunity of choosing between the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Ensure that you indicate your Veteran status when prompted during the application process. 

Determine your entry status, please select from the following options:

Do you have less than 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units? (PDF)

Note:  All Veterans receive transfer credit for their military experience (e.g., Basic Training) and are considered transfer students. Chico State is not traditionally open to lower division applicants, but exceptions may be considered for Veterans. 

Do you have more than 60 semester (90 quarter) transferable units? (PDF)

Step 2: Contact the VETS Office

a. If you've never used VA educational benefits before, you must first establish eligibility with the VA through in new window) 

b.  Please refer to the how-to guide (PDF) for information on requesting benefits through your Chico State portal(opens in new window).

Step 3: Contact Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid, the priority deadline is March 2nd of each year.

NoteMost Veterans are qualified for financial aid grant money. These grants do not need to be paid back.  VA educational benefits are not taxable income and do not count as income for non-tuition based financial aid.

Step 4: Contact Academic Advising

a. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor for information regarding what classes you should register for your first semester at Chico State.

b. Attend Summer Orientation (opens in new window)because you can meet with an academic advisor and enroll in classes early. Chico State offers orientation specifically for Veterans. If interested in attending, please contact our office.

c. Register for classes early, classes at Chico State fill up quickly, and especially general education courses.

Student Veteran Bobby Rodgers Fall 2017