Getting Started

 Steps to Take

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Apply for VA Benefits
  3. Apply for Financial Aid
  4. Request transcripts
  5. Attend orientation session
  6. Meet with academic advisor
  7. Register for classes
  8. Set up email account
  9. Buy a parking permit
  10. Buy books
  11. Get student ID
  12. Find your classes!



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Shoreline Community College has a long history of educating veterans, active duty military, and military dependent students. We are honored to continue this valuable tradition as a new generation serves and returns to higher education. We are committed to ensuring your academic success and value your addition to the Shoreline Community College campus.


Shoreline New Student Veteran Information Sheet
Are you a Veteran or Dependent seeking to use VA Education Benefits?


Getting started is a multi-step process at Shoreline. As a student veteran, you have multiple applications to complete. These can be done concurrently. You are advised to start your financial aid application as early as possible due to lengthy processing times.


STEP 1: Apply for Admission to Shoreline Community College

  • Complete an online application here.

» Be sure to mark Veteran on your application

» The application takes 3-5 days to process. Once processed, you will receive an email containing your Student ID number.

  • Schedule a COMPASS placement test here to determine appropriate Math & English courses.


STEP 2: Apply for your VA Benefits

  • Complete your online benefits application at VONAPP, the Veterans Online Application website or submit a paper application on Form 22-1990 by mail to the VA Regional Processing Office. 
  • It typically takes 4-6 weeks to receive your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • For assistance completing your application, call 1-888-GIBILL1 (442-4551) to speak with an Education Case Manager.


STEP 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Note: Applying for Financial Aid does not guarantee any award nor does it necessarily mean that you are taking on Student Loans. There are grants and other sources of funding that may be available to you. Financial Aid is meant to be used in conjunction with your GI Bill.

  • Visit the Financial Aid website here.
  • Get your PIN (Electronic signature)
  • Complete the free online FAFSA here. (You will need your DD214.)


STEP 4: Request official transcripts from previous institutions attended

  • Have all official transcripts (military and college) sent to Shoreline Community College, Enrollment Services, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N, Shoreline, WA 98133. 
  • If you are completing a Transfer Degree, submit a Transfer Degree Request for Evaluation here. Mark “Send to Veterans Programs”.
  • Plan to bring all unofficial transcripts to Veterans Orientation and any subsequent advising appointments.

STEP 5: Attend a Student Veterans Orientation Session

  • Call 206-546-4545 to register for a Student Veterans orientation session. Orientation sessions are held every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Note: Student Veterans attend a veteran-specific orientation and are not required to attend the college-wide orientation.
  • Bring all required documentation to orientation:

» DD 214 Certificate of Release from Active Duty or a Military I.D.

» Certificate of Eligibility from the VA

» Official or unofficial college and/or military transcripts


STEP 6: Meet with your Academic Advisor

  • Following orientation, meet with Rosemary Whiteside, Academic Advisor, for advising.
  • In your initial advising session, you will discuss your education & career goals and complete a planning sheet to guide you in registering for your classes. Rosemary will sign the Veterans Academic Plan for you.
  • Once you have determined your intended area of study, you will be referred to a Faculty Advisor for advising in subsequent quarters.


STEP 7: Register for Classes & Pay Tuition

  • Register for classes online here.
  • Pay your Tuition & Fees:
    • For students with Chapter 33 Post-9/11, Chapter 31 Vocational Rehab, Tuition Assistance, or MyCAA benefits, the VA pays the college directly for your tuition & fees.
    • For all other Chapter benefits, payment for tuition & fees is due within 5 business days following registration of the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first.

Items you must turn in to the Veterans Program Office are:

» A copy of your class schedule (EVERY quarter)

» A Student Responsibility Form (one time only or if you change your degree plan or VA Benefit Chapter)

» A SIGNED Veterans Academic Plan (one time only or if you change your degree plan)


**Failure to submit these items will result in you being dropped from your classes for NON PAYMENT.

**You cannot be certified for your benefits until you have turned in the required documents listed above.


STEP 8: Set up your Shoreline email account

All communication from Shoreline is sent via your Shoreline email account.


STEP 9: Buy a parking permit

Buy your quarterly parking permit or bus pass at the Cashier’s Office, FOSS (5000) Building or at the bookstore (parking passes only).


STEP 10: Buy your books

Buy books in the bookstore or online.


STEP 11: Get your student ID

Get your free student photo ID at the Library. Bring proof of tuition payment or Tuition Deferment and a legal photo ID with you. 


STEP 12: Find your classes

Find your way around campus using the map in the class schedule or online or by downloading the free SCC app.