Helping Veteran Students and Their Families

We help assist Veteran students and their families with their ARC educational and VA-related needs. Certifying officials act as the link between students and the Department of Veterans Affairs. We understand that the transition from military to college life can be difficult and are committed to providing the best possible care in appreciation for your sacrifice and service.

ARC adheres to Executive Order 13607- Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Member. For more information, please visit the following:

Executive Order Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members

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"It is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." ~Douglas MacArthur

Veterans Resource Center (VRC) Services and Information

Services

The VRC provides the following services:

  • Information regarding VA education benefits
  • Assistance with the ARC application and registration process
  • Assistance with VA applications and forms
  • VA Certifying Officials to initiate and process VA education benefits
  • Evaluation of educational progress as applied toward a degree or certificate program
  • Evaluation of DD form 214s for college credit
  • Priority registration to qualified Veterans who provide a DD form 214 or military ID
  • VetSuccess Counselor
  • TRIO SSS Veterans
  • Appointments with a DSPS counselor
  • Appointments with an ARC counselor
  • Information about ARC resources and services
  • Computer lab
  • Local VA representatives
  • Assistance identifying community resources for Veterans and their dependents
  • Events and activities designed to foster an environment of academic, career and personal success
  • Employment opportunities for VA work-study through the VA. View the work-study application.

Getting Started

Check out the Steps to Success for new students.

Veterans Affairs Applications

  • 22-1990 (Chapters 33, 30, and 1606) submit this form when applying for benefits for the first time or when changing chapters
  • 22-1995 (Chapters 33, 30, 1606, and Transfer of Entitlement Program) submit this form when transferring schools or if you have already applied for benefits before
  • 22-5490 (Chapter 35 and Fry Scholarship) submit this form when applying for benefits for the first time
  • 22-5495 (Chapter 35 and Fry Scholarship) submit this form when transferring schools or if you have already applied for benefits before
  • 22-1990E (Transfer of Entitlement Program) submit this form when approved for transfer of entitlement

Required Documents

  • Provide transcripts from other colleges: You are required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide all transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are permitted, but we will need official copies.
  • Veterans - DD-214 (member 4)
  • Reservists - Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) DD 2384-1
  • Veterans/Reservists - If applicable, provide Kicker/College Fund Contract
  • Dependents - If you’ve never applied for CH. 35 benefit, submit a birth certificate or marriage certificate and the Veteran's DD-214.
  • All Recipients - If you have already been approved by the VA/used benefits, please provide your Certificate of Eligibility for VA Educational Benefits.

Make an ARC Counseling Appointment for a VA Educational Plan

Pick up a VA educational plan at the Veterans Resource Center before your appointment. All transcripts from other colleges must be received prior to your appointment. The Department of Veterans Affairs mandates that students select a major. 

You can only receive payment for courses that are required according to your major. 

Please contact the ARC Counseling Center for an appointment at (916) 484-8572.

Enroll and Schedule a VA Certification Appointment

Do not schedule an appointment if you plan to drop or add classes. Classes on the waitlist cannot be certified. Changes to your schedule after initial certification can cause delays in payments or overpayments with the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you make changes to your schedule after certification, contact our office immediately.

To schedule your VA certification appointment, please call (916) 484-8135.

VRC and VA Forms

A student’s signature is required to process any of the following forms. Please submit forms to the Veterans Resource Center. For any questions, please contact our office at (916) 484-8135.

Military Early Out

If you are requesting an Early Out from the military for education, please submit an ARC application and a verification request.

Provide the following in a signed request:

  • Full name
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • The semester you are applying for
  • A return address or fax number

Please fax or mail your request to: 

   American River College
   Veterans Resource Center
   4700 College Oak Drive
   Sacramento, CA 95841

Fax number: 916-484-8917

 

Military Drop or Withdrawal

If you are called to active duty during the semester and would like to request a military withdrawal, bring a copy of your orders to the Veterans Resource Center and attach them to an ARC petition requesting military withdrawal. Once approved, ARC will withdraw you from your classes and reimburse your tuition. If financial aid is involved, ask the coordinator to determine how your financial aid will be affected. You are responsible for contacting your lender(s) regarding any loan repayment options.

If you would like to receive a grade of incomplete as an alternative to military withdrawal, please contact your instructor(s) for approval.

If you are receiving VA education benefits, a VA Certifying Official will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding your last day of attendance. For additional questions, contact the ARC Veterans Resource Center at 916-484-8135.

Important Dates

Important Dates for Summer and Fall 2019

April 1, 2019: Supplemental forms will be available via eServices. Continuing students must complete a supplemental form each semester before registration. Please remember to update your address, phone number and activate your Gmail account.

April 11, 2019: Enrollment dates will be available on your eServices account. Each student has their own appointment date and time for registration. Veterans who qualify have priority registration and are strongly advised to take advantage of it.

April 22-25, 2019: Priority registration for those who qualify. (For priority groups and dates go to Registration Dates.)

April 29, 2019: You may begin calling for your VA certification appointment for the Summer/Fall 2019 semester. To schedule an appointment, please call 916-484-8135.


Please note: Your ability to participate in priority registration may be affected by rules developed by the state of California (effective Summer/Fall 2014). You need to be aware of these new rules.

  1. Students who have earned 90 degree-applicable units at Los Rios will not be eligible for priority registration (excluding non-degree-applicable classes that are numbered below 100, such as MATH 20, ENGWR 51, etc.). It is important that you enroll only in courses that count toward your degree or certificate. Once you reach 90 units, you will no longer be eligible for priority registration and you will have to wait for open enrollment to add classes. 
  2. Students who are placed on academic or progress probation for two consecutive terms will no longer be eligible for priority registration (probation is due to a low grade-point average or excessive withdrawals). It will be important that you complete every class for which you register with a C grade or better. If you go on to a second semester of probation, you will have to wait for open enrollment to enroll in classes.
  3. Mandatory orientation/assessment/counseling is only required for new students with no enrollment history prior to Summer/Fall 2014. Counselor visits are required for current students when changing or updating education plans.
    These rules apply to all students, including those who previously received Priority 0, including DSPS, EOPS, Foster Youth, and Veterans.
    Please contact Admissions or Counseling offices for further clarification.

Pay Rates

Effective October 1, 2017

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Ch. 30 of Title 38, U.S.C.) Enlistment of Three Years or More

Training Time

Monthly Rate

Full-time

$1,928.00

Three-Quarter time

$1,446.00

Half-time

$964.00

LESS than Half-time

Tuition ONLY

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Ch. 30 of Title 38, U.S.C.) Enlistment of Three Years or More

Training Time

Monthly Rate

Full-time

$1,928.00

Three-Quarter time

$1,446.00

Half-time

$964.00

LESS than Half-time

Tuition ONLY

 

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Ch. 30 of Title 38, U.S.C.) Enlistment of Fewer Than Three Years

Training Time

Monthly Rate

Full-time

$1,566.00

Three-Quarter time

$1,174.50

Half-time

$783.00

LESS than Half-time

Tuition ONLY

 

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Ch. 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C.)

Training Time

Monthly Rate

Full-time

$375.00

Three-Quarter time

$281.00

Half-time

$187.00

LESS than Half-time

$93.75

    

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Ch. 35 of Title 38, U.S.C.) 

Training Time

Monthly Rate

Full-time

$1,041.00

Three-Quarter time

$780.00

Half-time

$519.00

LESS than Half-time

Tuition ONLY

 

Training Time (Chapters 30, 1606 and 35) 

VA benefits are paid based on training time. In a standard semester, VA measures training time as follows:

  • 12 credits is full-time
  • 9 to 11 credit is three-fourths-time
  • 6 to 8 credits is half-time
  • 4 to 5 credits is less than half-time (<½-time)
  • 1 to 3 credits is quarter-time or less (<¼-time)

The Veterans Resource Center staff does not determine eligibility for education benefits. All students who think they may be eligible should apply or contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551 or visit the following:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Military Transcripts

Order your official military transcript and send a copy to ARC:
American River College
Enrollment Services
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841