Veterans Affairs

Information and assistance are available to all veterans at the veterans affairs office located on each campus. SCC's Veterans One-Stop Office is located in the Lair, Building 6, Room 0112, Student Success & Career Services.

SFCC's Veterans Affairs Office is located in the Student Union Building (upper concourse). Students intending to receive Veterans Administration (VA) educational assistance should coordinate with these offices to initiate the necessary applications for benefits.

For information, call:

  • SCC: (509) 533-7027
  • SFCC: (509) 533-3504


Monthly compensation is made according to the following schedule:

All chapters except 33

  • 12 credits or more = full-time benefits
  • 9–11 credits = three-quarter-time benefits
  • 6–8 credits = half-time benefits
  • 5 credits or less = tuition cost
  • Summer credits: see coordinator for details

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

Effective August 1, 2009. A monthly housing allowance is paid directly to the student at the beginning of each month for the previous month. The housing allowance is prorated by the student’s length of service percentage. The monthly housing allowance paid equals the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an “E-5 with dependents” and the zip code of the school. Individuals only enrolled in distance learning will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowance for Housing. Contact the veteran’s coordinator for current rates.

  • 12 credits or more = full BAH (monthly housing)
  • 7-11 credits = prorated portion of BAH
  • 6 credits or less = no BAH
  • Summer credits: 8 credits or more = full BAH
    • 5-7 credits = prorated portion of BAH
    • 4 credits or less – no BAH

The VA will pay solely for classes required for graduation in a selected area of study. Meet with a campus counselor/adviser to ensure class choices are appropriate for progression toward graduation.


A student receiving veterans' educational benefits must maintain a standard of progress required by CCS. A veteran who is academically dismissed by CCS will be decertified with the VA and will not be recertified until the student is counseled and readmitted by the college Academic Standards Committee.


Application for veterans and guard/reserve VA educational benefits is initiated through the Veterans Affairs Office:

  • SCC: (509) 533-7027
  • SFCC: (509) 533-3504

A copy of Veterans' DD 214 (member-copy 4) and/or the VA provided Certificate of Eligibility is required to initiate benefits.

Educational benefits are available to eligible members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard who have a current six-year (or more) commitment. A "Notice of Basic Eligibility" form is required from the Guard/Reserve unit and must be presented to the campus veteran's coordinator to initiate benefits.

For more information regarding eligibility, contact a local Reserve or National Guard unit.


Consult with the campus veteran's coordinator regarding eligibility for all veterans waivers (provide copy of DD 214):

  • SCC: (509) 533-7027
  • SFCC: (509) 533-3504

There is a 20% veterans waiver for students who qualify for financial aid and have at least $500 of unmet need.

Need more information?
Phone: 509-434-5162