First Steps for Veterans

Roadmap to Success

Begin by submitting an Application Online.

  • Step 1: Create your OpenCCCApply Account
  • Step 2: Complete your Admissions Application Online. Be sure to select the correct Military Status on your Application ex. Active Duty, Veteran, etc.
  • Step 3: Read your application email response from Saddleback College and follow the directions in the email.

For assistance along the way: Connect with the VETS Program
at 949-582-4252 or vetsoutreach@saddleback.edu

STEP 1 GET YOUR CLASSES

Collect your DD 214, Military ID and/or Order Papers. Have all Official Transcripts sent to Saddleback College from any schools attended.

Complete the 3-step Matriculation process of orientation, assessment, and advisement (if required): www.saddleback.edu/matriculation.

Make an appointment with a VETS Counselor to complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP).

Review the Admissions & Records website for Veteran Priority Registration and California State Residency guidelines: www.saddleback.edu/admissions

 - Register for Classes
    - View Registration Guide for Students
    - View Registration Tutorial Video (external link)
    - 
Preview Registration Screens

STEP 2 GET YOUR BENEFITS

Review: www.gibill.va.gov to learn about VA Educational Benefits.

Visit the VA/Educational Benefits Veterans Office website at www.saddleback.edu/va

Go to the Saddleback College VA Educational Benefits/Veterans Office (SSC 208). You will receive an orientation and complete VA-related paperwork. Allow 20-30 minutes for this process.

For information on all other VA Benefits come into the VETS Center (SSC 207) or call 949-582-4252 to schedule an appointment with VA or County Service Officer.

STEP 3 GET YOUR FINANCIAL AID

Visit the Financial Aid website: www.saddleback.edu/fao

Get your PIN (Electric Signature)

Complete the free online FAFSA: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Ensure your file is complete

Complete the online BOG fee waiver