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The Montgomery GI Bill® can provide educational assistance for eligible veterans who have served on active duty for two or more years and have been honorably discharged from the service. (For a veteran who served as Reservists for six or more years see Chapter 1606). Please go to the VA web site for further details on specific eligibility criteria: (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp). All students who feel they might be eligible should submit an application on-line at www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ The Department of Veteran Affairs will review your application and will generally notify you of their decision within 30 days.

Verifying Enrollment Each Month: After the student has been approved for benefits by the VA and certified for the semester by the BCC Certifying Official he/she must verify continued enrollment with the federal VA office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This must be done at the beginning of each following month before payments will be issued. For example, classes start in August you verify September 1, and so on, by either calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going to the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov


Veterans Readiness & Employment “VR&E” (formally Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment) provides assistance for veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from the VA and who do not have a dishonorable discharge.

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply by clicking this LINK below:

Eligibility for Veteran Readiness and Employment

Apply for VR&E either:

  1. via ebenefits (preferred),
  2. via your County Veterans Service Office (VSO) by paper claim, or
  3. Veterans Regional Office 1301 Clay Street, Room 1300 North, Oakland, CA 94612, 1-800-827-1000 or (510) 637-6128

This GI Bill® Is for Veterans who served on active duty for a defined period of time after 09/10/01. Chapter 33 offers Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH, a book stipend per term/semester (not to exceed $1,000 per academic year) and pays for tuition and required college fees. For further information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill go to: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/ or https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp The VA web-site also provides continuous updates about new GI bill program(s).

Apply on-line for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

Receiving Payments

When you notify the Veterans Services Office that you are registered for classes, the Veterans Services Coordinator will submit a certification to the VA. The VA can take up to 4-6 weeks to process certifications and send out payments.

The percentage of benefit you are eligible for depends on time spent on active duty. Note: Multiple deployments may increase your eligibility (Current as of Spring 2020).

    Fall and Spring Semester

  1. Full-time student (12+ units) = $3,366.00 per month (+ kicker if eligible)
  2. Three-quarters time (9-11 units) = 75% of ROP
  3. More than Half-time (7-8 units) = 50%+ of ROP
  4. Half-time or less (6 & below) = $0 per month

    Summer and Intersession Semester

  1. Full-time student (4 units) = $3,366.00 per month (+ kicker if eligible)
  2. Three-quarters time (3 units) = 75% of ROP
  3. More than Half-time (2.5+ units) = 50%+ of ROP
  4. Half-time or less (2 & below) = $0 per month

There are three types of payments under Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill.

  1. Tuition payment – paid to school
  2. Housing Allowance – paid to recipient
  3. Book stipend – paid to recipient

Each payment is paid out depending on the percentage of eligibility from the information above.


Educational assistance paid to dependents (spouse/children) of veterans who are permanently and 100% disabled due to a service connected condition or who died in the service of a service-connected disability. Please go to the following website for further details: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp or https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp Apply on-line at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/

Chapter 35 dependent benefits must do monthly enrollment verification with the VA. The VA Administration will send out a monthly enrollment verification letter to the Chapter 35 beneficiary which must be filled out by the student and returned to the VA.


This program provides educational assistance for active members of the selected reserves, including members of the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. Basic eligibility requires a six-year obligation to serve in the selected reserves, and satisfactory participation in required selective reserve training. Participants must be signed up for a six year commitment. To apply, follow the instructions provided at: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

Verifying Enrollment Each Month: (For Chapters: 30, 1606) After the student has been approved by the VA and certified by BCC’s School Certifying Official (SCO) for the semester he/she must verify continued enrollment with the federal VA office in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This must be done at the beginning of each following month before payments will be issued.

For example: classes start in August you verify September 1, and so on, by either calling 1-877-823-2378 or by going to the VA web site at www.gibill.va.gov


The “Cal-Vet fee waiver” offers a College Fee Waiver Program for eligible dependants whose veteran parent has at least 0% or greater service-connected disability. Contact the SF County Veteran Services Office (415-934-4200) or your local County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) (Find your local CVSO at: http://www.cacvso.org/county-contacts/). You can also contact your local Cal-Vet office at 415-554-7100 for information about the Cal Vet Fee Waiver.


December 17, 2021

What is VRRAP?

The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), was enacted on March 11, 2021, and was effective, immediately. VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible Veterans participating in VRRAP receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. Covered education programs must provide training for high-demand occupations, which is determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics. GI Bill approved programs of education, excluding bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and VET TEC approved training are eligible.

See for more information on VRRAP.

VRRAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

See a list of frequently asked questions about VRRAP.

VRRAP Participation Agreement

Educational institutions must complete and submit a voluntary Participation Agreement to VA for review and approval.

How does it work?

VA will enter into participation agreements with organizations (referred to as “Educational Institutions”) that provide training and job placement outcomes. VA will incentivize these partners with a “pay-for-performance” model that pays these institutions incrementally based on the progress and success of their students.

For a program of education to qualify for VRRAP, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Be approved for GI Bill or VET TEC
  • Not lead to a bachelors or graduate degree
  • Provide training for a high-demand occupation

The payment model for VRRAP tuition and fees (paid directly to the participant’s educational institutions) is milestone based:

  • 50% when the Veteran begins the program
  • 25% when the Veteran completes the program
  • 25% when the Veteran finds employment in the field of study

VRRAP EI Training

Registration Process and Enrollment Certifications (June 2021) training for Educational Institution.

Employment Certification Form

Approved program at Berkeley City Colege

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  • CERT – AA-T STUDIO ART
  • CERT – CA MULTIMEDIA ARTS -VIDEO ARTS LEVEL I
  • AS-T MULTIMEDIA ARTS: FILM, TELEVISION & ELECTRONIC MEDIA
  • AS- AA-T MULTIMEDIA ARTS-ANIMATION GAME
  • CERT – CA SOCIAL WORK AND HUMAN SERVICE PARAPROFESSIONAL
  • AS – AA BUSINESS- ACCOUNTING
  • CERT – CA CIS-WEB PROGRAMMING
  • CERT – CA CIS-APPLIED COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEM
  • AS – AA-T SPANISH
  • CERT – CA CIS ADVANCED COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
  • Cert – CA GENERAL BUSINESS
  • Cert – CP BIOTECHNOLOGY LAB ASST
  • Cert – CA BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH LAB ASSISTANT
  • Cert – CA EDUCATION TEACHERS AIDE
  • AS – AS CHEMISTRY- ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
  • AS – AA AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE


Application and Certification Steps

Please follow the Application Steps prior to the steps below:

Step 1: Book an Academic Counseling Appointment

Click the button below:

Step 2: Initial Certification Request Form and Priority Registration

Submit New Veteran Student Form

Step 3: Register to Classes

Go to sa.peralta.edu and register to your classes

Step 4: Provide update to SCO on new add/dropped courses

Please email Jeejun Bertuso, jbertuso@peralta.edu if your class schedule has changed

Step 5: Continuing Certification Request Form

Submit a request for re-certification atleast 30 days prior to term start date:

Contact Us
Veteran Resource Center
Location: BCC 3rd Floor Rm. 357 behind EOPS
Phone Number: 510-981-2857

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Our Commitment

We are committed to assisting you in maintaining your program requirements so that you do not have any interruptions in your monthly benefits; however, in order for us to assist you with this, we need you to also keep us informed of any changes immediately. If you need help with this or have questions about this process, please contact our office.

As a veteran or dependent, you will be expected to comply with certain regulations established by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and PCCD/Berkeley City College. Please read our college catalog for college policies and procedures to find out more information.

Other Program Info & Documents


Below are links available for download such as other program information and required documents that are supplemental upon entry into the program.

** – denotes required documentation.
^^ – Required only if applicable. This form is necessary only when a dependent is transferring here from another college and has already been receiving their benefits. This is not intended for new students initiating their VA benefits for the first time.

ConexED Launch!

Dear Students

The Peralta Community College District is launching the new ConexED platform starting early April 2022. ConexED is a one stop shop that will provide virtual and on-campus student services across the district. If you're enrolled in classes at more than one school, you will no longer need to juggle multiple Zoom links, scheduling apps and visit multiple websites.

Please note, you will have access to ConexED when logged in through your Peralta Student Portal

We have resources available for you to learn more about using ConexED. Please access the Canvas page in this link: https://peralta.instructure.com/enroll/AHCEX3