Thank you for your service.
You’ve made incredible commitments in your life and Coastal Alabama Community College is proud to welcome you to the next step in your journey. We are dedicated to giving you the resources you need to make the most of your education and ensure a successful future!
We understand that attending college for a member/veteran of the armed services has many implications. For this reason, we encourage Service members to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling at Coastal Alabama Community College.
How to Apply
In order to utilize your VA Education Benefits at Coastal Alabama, you must:
Apply for Admission to the College
Complete the online application, including the creation of your User Name and Password. Make sure you have all transcripts on file in Admissions, including your Joint Services Transcript.
Apply for your federal VA Education Benefits
Visit va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ and complete the application. The application is for the following education benefits: Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation, Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 35 Survivor/Dependent Education Assistance, and Chapter 1606 National Guard/Reserve.
Use the site's GI Bill® Comparison Tool to see what benefits you qualify for at Coastal Alabama Community College.
Apply for the Alabama GI Dependent Scholarship, if applicable.
To apply for the Alabama GI Dependent Scholarship, which is a state benefit unrelated to federal VA benefits, the veteran and/or dependent needs to contact the local Veteran Service Office in their county and make an appointment. Contact information is available via an interactive map.
Certificate of Eligibility
Once you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, turn it in to the VA Certifying Official in the Financial Aid Office. Certification for payment will not happen until the certificate and other required paperwork are received.
Connect with your Coastal Advisor
Meet with your advisor and select your course load.
New Student Orientation (happens during summer only)
New Student Orientation are great opportunities to get ahead!
Begin Your Degree Program
Register for classes and receive your schedule!
Submit the Request for Certification of Enrollment.
Each semester, students using VA Benefits, must submit the Request for Certification of Enrollment (.pdf) to utilize their VA Benefits.
Pay Tuition and Fees
Pay tuition and fees – don't forget to check into dorms and meal tickets! State VA students are responsible for all fees.
Purchase Books and Supplies
Take your schedule of classes to the bookstore and personnel will assist you. Some scholarships and financial aid do not cover the cost of books.
Get Parking Decal
Don't start the first day of class with a parking fine stuck to your windshield! Be sure to register for a parking decal.
Students can adjust their schedules during the first week of classes. VA students will have a hold on their account, to prevent schedule adjustments once hours have been certified for payment with the VA. If you wish to add or drop classes you must contact the VA School Certifying Official at 251-580-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start classes and have a great semester!