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Veterans' Services

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Welcome and Thank You for Your Service!

The Veterans’ Services Office was established to provide resources, support, and advocacy to veterans, active military personnel, and their families. Our staff is committed to offering quality assistance and guidance throughout your educational journey here at Southwestern College. 

Our Veterans Services Team consists of the Veterans' Services Office, the Veterans' Resource Center and our Veterans' Counselor. These skilled and committed team members (many of whom are veterans and/or dependents) are here to assist you at each step of the way as you begin this new chapter of your life. Our Student Veteran Handbook also gives you all the information you need to get started and begin using your benefits at Southwestern College. 

School Certifying Officials: Please fax or email Parent Letters to speed processing (see Get In Touch below).

Contact Us

Veteran Services professionals can be contacted on three different platforms.

If you are a current student and have a quick question, we have a chat host waiting to help you (see Virtual Chat below).

For more complex questions for current and prospective students, please email

For voice calls please contact our main number. If you are unable to reach a Veteran Services professional, they are likely on the line with another student. Please leave a voice message and your call will be returned.

  • Main Number
    (619) 482-6324

Office Hours

  • Monday - Thursday
    8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday - Sunday

Virtual Chat

We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

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Declaring Classes

Students using benefits must declare their intent to use their benefits each semester. Start here!

Benefits and Programs

Important information for students using VA benefits

Cal Vet Fee Waiver

Enrollment fee waiver for eligible dependents of veterans

Veterans' Resource Center

The VRC offers a wide variety of services to support the success of our student Veterans and military-affilaited students

Resources for Students

Find a variety of resources (both on-campus and off-campus) to support our veteran and military-affiliated students, FAQs about your benefits and the certifying process, information on the Student Veterans Organization, and other tools to support your success!

Student Veteran Handbook (PDF)

A comprehensive annual guide to services and programs for veterans  and military-affiliated students attending Southwestern College

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at