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Veteran Student Services

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Veteran Student Services (VSS) is committed to supporting student veterans and dependents of veterans in their transition to student life on campus. We provide guidance with education benefits and academic services, and offer campus programming such as VA Home Loan Series, Vocational Rehab Information sessions, the SALUTE Veterans Honor Society and Graduation Celebration.


  • Certificate of Eligibility for Education Benefits (DD-214 required for Veterans)
  • Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, Dependents of Veterans

Academic Advising & Retention

  • Academic Counseling & Workshops (Veterans)
  • Graduate School Advising
  • Veteran Events & Programming
  • Scholarship Guidance
  • Military Credit (Veterans)
  • Peer Mentoring & VA Work Study
  • Student Veterans Organization
  • SALUTE Veterans Honor Society - Cal State East Bay Chapter

Counselor - Cherie Randolph, M.A.
(510) 885-2244

VA Education Benefits

  • Priority Registration (Veterans)
  • GI Bill Certification
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Certification
  • CalVet College Fee Waiver (dependents)
  • Enrollment Verification Letter (dependents)
  • Parent School Letter (to receive benefits at secondary school)
  • Grade Reporting (tuition assistance)

Counselor - Deborah Hansana, M.A.
(510) 885-3669

VA Education Benefits - Applications to Use/Update Benefits

If this is your first time utilizing education benefits, be sure that you have completed the VA application. Once you receive the Certificate of Eligibility letter from VA, pleasesubmit to the Veterans Benefits Coordinator prior to enrollment certification.

Counselor - Deborah Hansana, M.A.
(510) 885-3669

VA Education Benefits - Request for Certification Forms

  • Veterans Request for Certification (VRC) Form

    The VRC form is to be used by active duty service persons, veterans, reservists, Guardsmen and dependents to request that their enrollment be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for education benefits. This process must be completed every term of enrollment after you register for classes.

  • Request for Parent School Letter

    A student may take courses that apply to his or her degree at more than one school.The school that will grant the degree is the student's "parent" school and all other schools are "secondary".

Counselor - Deborah Hansana, M.A.
(510) 885-3669

Commonly Used Campus Resources

Veteran Peer Mentors

  • Assist incoming students with their transition into EB

  • Provide programs and services for enrolled veterans

  • Active officers with the Student Veterans Organization


Notable Events

  • Veterans Graduation Celebration

  • SALUTE Veterans Honor Society Induction Ceremony

  • Operation Giveback - Sock and Toiletry Drive for homeless veterans

  • Student Veterans Organization events - Study Break sessions, Voc Rehab Info Sessions, VA Home Loan Information Sessions, Writing Skills Test (WST) Workshops

  • Fundraising through Landmark Events - security for Oakland A’s, Jay Z & Beyonce concert, Oakland Raiders, Cal football and SF 49ers games

Community Resource Partners

Swords to Plowshares - Mission is to heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Vet Centers - are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve.

Photo of veterans and quote from student

I Chose Cal State East Bay

"I chose East Bay because it
caters to minorities, its diversity,
and how
progressive it is!
picture exemplifies
those points"

-Rodney Middleton
Class of 2019
US Army Retired Veteran


What is there to do on Campus?

  • STARBUCKS!!!!!
  • Work out in the gym
  • Join a sorority or fraternity
  • FREE Concerts, Movies, Food
  • Play video games or shoot pool in The Cave
  • Get a massage through Student Health and Counseling
  • More than 100 events hosted annually by clubs and organizations
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