Frequently Asked Questions

 Do I need to do anything else to get paid after I have completed the  paperwork at the college Veterans Office?

Answer:  (1) For all chapters except Chapter 33 (The Post 9-11 GIBill), you must notify the college Veterans Office each semester you wish your educational benefits to be continued, (2) you must notify the college Veterans Office if you add/drop a class, or withdraw from college. (3) For Chapters 30 and 1606, you must verify your enrollment to the VA via WAVE every month.

Can I get paid by VA for taking courses at another school at the same time I am taking courses at Saddleback College?

Answer:  Yes, if the courses are equivalent to courses needed for your education goal.  Contact the college Veterans Office for details and reporting requirements.

How much money will I receive from my VA education benefits?

Answer:  For payment rates

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607), and Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35), please click here
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (Chapter 31), please click here

Can my VA education benefit payments be suspended for any reason?

Answer:  Yes. If you are placed on academic/progress probation for 3 semesters, your VA education benefits will be suspended.

How do I get another DD214 if I lost mine?

Answer:  For information on replacing a DD 214, please visit VA's EBenefits homepage or

Click here and then follow the instructions under "Access My Documents."

Once the request process is completed, you will be able to download a copy from eBenefits.

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Can I get college credit for my military service?

Answer:  Six units of credits can be awarded by this college for electives only.  If you do not need elective courses for your education goal, these six units will not apply towards your college degree.

Can courses I completed in the military count as college credit?

Answer:  Once you have completed 12 units at Saddleback College, the Admissions and Records Office will evaluate any military coursework on your SMART transcript for possible college credit (you will need to provide the SMART transcript)

How can I get questions answered for my specific situation?

Answer:  The college Veterans Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday.  No appointment is necessary. Come in, or call us at (949) 582-4870.