Military and Veterans

Welcome to our military service members and spouses page!

ATTENTION: All active duty military, reservists, National Guard and spouses!

You served your country and earned an education opportunity. At California College San Diego, we respect your service and we offer convenient degree programs with substantial tuition discounts that can help you reach your career goals. We also want you to graduate with no student loan debt.

For years, we've educated and prepared service members and their families to further their career or return to a productive and rewarding civilian life, and we'd like to give you the same opportunities.

We can help you identify which military benefits you have earned, a program that best suits your goals, and possible transfer credits to advance you further, faster. If you've used some of your benefits already, we can help identify additional resources available to cover educational funding gaps.

For more assistance with these benefits, review the following information or call us at 1-800-622-3188

Step 1: What are my benefits?

Military Tuition Assistance Program

We start here, because most of our military benefit recipients tell us the process is confusing. You may be entitled to one or more of the many education benefits available to active-duty members, reservists and National Guard, veterans and dependents.

Our goal is to provide you an opportunity for a quality education to help you become productive in your community, with commensurate income.
If you have earned the full benefit, we want you to graduate with NO DEBT.

To understand what you have earned, all you need to do is know your:

  • Current military status, and condition of service (honorable, general, etc.)
  • Length of service
  • Branch of service

If you are uncertain of any of these items, we can guide you to find the information. The college does not make the determination of your eligibility—but we partner with the DOD and other organizations who determine and provide the education benefit funding. Call us at 1-800-622-3188

1. To see an overview of available benefits, see the Eligibility Quick Look chart below. In addition to tuition and fees, you may also be eligible to receive a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.

2. You may have training and experience that is worth college credit. CCSD uses the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide, a standard reference work to identify, evaluate, and award college credit for military training. The Guide contains ACE recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by the services and is up-to-date at all times.

Next, in step 2, you will find information about our available programs to help make your decision. Once you know your benefits, you need to know what the tuition and fees are going to cost. That information is also presented in step 2.

Ask one of our military specialists to assist you in finding additional detailed information, including benefits, tuition, books and fees, other funding options, and degree program options.

Step 2: Career goals, programs and cost

What are my career goals?

Let's start with what you want to do. Consider your life's goals, your experience, and realistically, your plan to get there. Do you have credits from another school that may transfer? Have you completed any CLEP or DSST courses? You may want to run a successful company someday, but rarely does anyone start at the top.

What programs are available?

Please take a look at the various programs offered by the college. This will give you an overview of the courses offered to earn a degree in the field you seek, along with suggested careers for which you may become prepared.

What will it cost?

Program costs/job outlook/national wage data.

Course structure

Each course is typically 4 weeks in length, or one module. Course credit ranges from 3 to 4.5 credit hours. A term is 4 modules, or 16 weeks in length. (4 weeks x 4 modules)

Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated on a term basis. Please refer to the college catalog for more details.

Step 3: How do I qualify and apply?

How do I qualify?

There are three minimum requirements you need to qualify for admission:

1. A high school or GED diploma
2. Successful completion of a computer literacy assessment, which we will provide when you contact us.
3. Any program-specific requirements.

How do I apply?

You have a good idea of what you may be eligible to receive from step 1, and what programs will help you achieve your career goals and what it will likely cost from step 2.

DOD will make your eligibility determination and approve funding.

It is important for you to contact us at this point in order to allow us to assist you in the further processing of your application and to facilitate enrollment. Call 1-800-622-3188

Getting started

Getting the right start is critical for any mission, as you well know. Our orientation is designed to help you transition from boots to books. Here’s how it works:

  • You will be assigned to an orientation course either on the campus or online. You will be among other military members who are also getting started in college with us.

  • The orientation program will familiarize you with:
    • The process for certifying your academic status so you receive funds for school, housing, and any other entitlements
    • Managing your study time
    • Standards and protocols for attendance and submission of assignments
    • Standards for academic performance
    • Who to contact for assistance, including the tutoring program and your student advisor

We wish you success in college, and thank you for your service.