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Military & Veterans


We welcome military service members, veterans and their families. Here’s how to apply to SCC and start building a better future.

Earn a degree, diploma or certificate on campus or online. We offer flexibility and support services to help you reach your goals while serving your country or after you’ve retired from active duty.

How to Apply

The application process is quick and simple, and we’re here to help. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Submit your application for admission

    If you are on active duty, a drilling reservist, or a member of the National Guard you may qualify for Federal or State Tuition Assistance (TA). Visit the Military and Veteran Student Services website for further information. Many of these programs are time-sensitive so the earlier you get things done, the smoother your benefits will go. Keep in mind that schools and other programs have their own deadlines as well.

  2. File for your GI Bill® Benefits

  3. Send us transcripts from high school and any colleges you’ve attended and your Joint Services Transcript (JST). 

  4. Submit your ACT or SAT scores or the results of placement testing.

  5. Explore financial aid. Federal financial aid is available for members of all branches of the military. We also offer scholarships, grants and loans to make a great education even more affordable.

  6. Schedule an appointment with Advising 

    • Once you are admitted to the school, you will receive a letter of acceptance with all the information necessary to set up your orientation and advising session to schedule your classes for the semester and/or take the placement test. Visit the Advising web page for more information about scheduling.

  7. Contact the VA certifying official at to certify your classes so you can receive your GI Bill® benefits

    • The VA will send you your Certificate of Eligibility after you are approved to use your GI Bill®. As soon as you receive this, you can mail, fax, or hand-deliver a copy of this document to the Somerset Community College VA Certifying Official.

    • Your classes will only be certified if they directly apply to your degree program.

    • Your benefits will vary depending on the amount of hours you take. 12 credit hours are needed to receive full benefits during a normal 16-week semester. If you are unsure about the hours needed, contact the Military & Veteran Student Services Center.

    • Tuition and fees not covered by the student’s military or veteran educational benefits are the responsibility of the student, and must be paid by the published payment deadlines.

  8. Attend Orientation. Schedule an in-person orientation or complete it online.

Concurrent Admission

If you’re planning to enlist in the Army, you may be eligible for the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP), a program designed to help you apply to college and access your benefits. Be sure to select KCTCS as your home college when you enlist.

Questions? Contact us. We’re here for you, every step of the way.

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