Whatcom Community College offers selected degree programs approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and Work Force Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTECB) for enrollment of students eligible to receive education benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code. Veterans, reservists, and eligible dependents should contact Veteran Services at 360.383.3015 to start at Whatcom.
Eligible students must apply for admission to Whatcom and are encouraged to contact Whatcom’s veteran services as early as possible to activate education benefits and complete mandatory paperwork. Students are required to declare an approved degree program and authorized to enroll in, only, the courses necessary to satisfy declared degree requirements. All prior credits, earned from military service and prior institutions, must be evaluated and applied to the declared degree. Students will not be allowed to repeat any classes in which they received a passing grade. Depending on the student’s chapter of benefit, payments may be made directly to the student, or both to the student and the College. Students should be prepared to meet the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other expenses prior to receiving payments from their education benefits. Generally, payments are made at the end of each month of school attendance for as long as the student is entitled and making satisfactory academic progress.
It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in courses that satisfy declared degree requirements and stay in contact with Whatcom’s veteran services office to ensure the continuation of benefits on a quarterly basis. This also includes changes to the student’s enrollment status, such as adding or dropping classes, and changes to tuition and fees. Veterans benefit recipients are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the College’s policies. Failure to comply with Veterans Administration regulations and College policies may result in termination of benefits.
Whatcom Community College offers waivers to dependents of veterans who are considered 100% disabled or deceased as a result of federal service. Please see Veteran Services for qualifying information and application material.
If you are a veteran and do not meet the veteran/military residency requirements of the State of Washington as outlined below, you may be eligible for a waiver of the non-resident tuition, which will substantially reduce your quarterly tuition and fees. Please see Veteran Services for qualifying information and application material.
- You are a member/dependent of a member of the U.S. military stationed in Washington State or a member of the Washington National Guard.
Honorably discharged veterans who have lived in Washington State for less than the period required by law to establish residency may qualify for in-state tuition provided they meet the following requirements:
- Separated from the U.S. uniformed services with any period of honorable service after at least 90 days on active duty AND
- Eligible for benefits under the federal all-volunteer force educational assistance program, post 9/11 veterans educational assistance act, or any other federal law authorizing educational assistance for veterans AND
- Enters an institution of higher learning in Washington State within three years of the date of separation.
Family Members of Veterans:
A student who is a family member of a veteran may be eligible for in-state tuition provided they meet the following requirements:
- Entitled to Veterans Administration education benefits based on the student’s relationship as a spouse, former spouse, or child of a veteran.
- The sponsoring veteran separated from the U.S. unformed services with any period of honorable service after at least 90 days on active duty.
- The student enters an institution of higher learning in Washington State within three years of the sponsoring service member’s date of separation.
Students who are eligible for Veterans Administration assistance benefits based on their relationship with a service member who is deceased may qualify for in-state tuition provided:
- The service member served on active duty for a period of at least 90 days.
- The service member dies in the line of duty while serving the U.S. uniformed service.
- The student enters an institute of higher education in Washington State within three years of the service member’s death.
Rights of Washington State National Guard and other military reserve students (RCW 28B.10.270)
A member of the Washington State National Guard or any other military reserve component who is a student at an institution of higher education and who is ordered for a period exceeding thirty days to either active state service, as defined in RCW 38.040.010, or to federal active military service has the following rights:
- May be given a grade of incomplete and allowed to complete the course upon release from active duty.
- May continue to and complete the course for full credit.
- Is entitled to make up the class, test, examination, laboratory, presentation, or event without prejudice to the final course grade or evaluation.
Active, reserve, and National Guard service members interested in using federal tuition assistance must first determine their eligibility with their respective branches and commands. Veteran services will provide students with a tuition assistance program plan, quarterly advising, and assistance submitting the appropriate paperwork necessary to access tuition assistance.