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CSU Maritime Academy 2023-2024 Catalog 
CSU Maritime Academy 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veteran Services

Cal Maritime is approved by the State of California as a training facility for veterans applying for VA educational benefits. The Office of the Registrar provides VA enrollment certification services to new and currently-enrolled veterans and dependents who are eligible for the GI Bill®. For information about financial aid outside your VA educational benefits, visit the Financial Aid office website at: http://www.csum.edu/web/financial-aid/home

The following educational benefits are available to veterans and dependents at Cal Maritime:

  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty)
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®)
  • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Reservists)
  • Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)
  • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
  • Dependent Fee Waiver

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offerd by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://ww.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veteran’s Affairs Committee

The purpose of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee is to assist Cal Maritime in meeting CSU and national goals: being a veteran-friendly campus; ensuring that any problems that veterans may have-with the campus or personal-are addressed and resolved; increasing services to veterans and dependents on campus; and raising awareness of veteran-related issues on campus and in the community.

Admissions for Veterans

As an alternative to regular admissions criteria, an applicant who is an eligible veteran of the U.S. armed forces is considered for special admission. A veteran must meet the following conditions (in addition to supplementary criteria of Cal Maritime for admission or Coast Guard license):

  • possess a high school diploma or its equivalent (G.E.D. or California High School Proficiency Examination)
  • not have prior enrollment as a full-time college student (12+ units per semester) for more than one term during the past five years
  • have an average GPA of 2.0 (C or higher) on all college coursework in the past five years
  • meet the English and mathematics requirements for first-time freshmen or transfer students with grades of C or higher
  • be in good standing at the last educational institution attended

Also recommended:

  • have successfully completed, with a grade of C or higher, a college-level algebra/trigonometry course in the past five years, or have worked in a related technical field within the last two years
  • have successfully completed, with a grade of C or higher, a college-level composition course

Please note that Cal Maritime has some flexibility regarding academic requirements for entrance and admissions deadlines for military veterans. This is part of the CSU system-wide effort to prioritize educating those who have served the United States. If you need such flexibility, please contact the Cal Maritime Admissions office and identify yourself as a military veteran. We will do our best to work with you to achieve your educational goals as quickly as possible.

Veteran Student Association

Cal Maritime’s Veteran Student Association (VSA) is open to all Cal Maritime students. The purpose of the VSA is to help veterans transition into college life. The VSA will address issues faced by veteran’s on campus, and also at the CSU level. The association will also perform community service to help less fortunate veterans.

Q & A for Veterans

Where can I find out about the CSU’s “Troops to College” initiative and how it can benefit me?

Visit the CSU Veterans web site at: http://www.calstate.edu/veterans/

How can I apply?

Apply online at Cal State Apply. There is a $55.00 application fee required when you submit the online application.

What items are required for your office to make an admission decision?

A completed online application, the $55.00 application fee, and all official high school and college transcripts.

How can I determine if I qualify for admission?

You will be evaluated as a first-time freshman or transfer applicant. To find the qualifications required for those two categories, look for those words on the left side of the website under “I want to apply.”

Veterans’ Resources

For up-to-date information regarding VA educational benefits, veterans and dependents of veterans are encouraged to visit the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website. Students who would like to apply for VA Educational Benefits, or who need to request a change in program or place of training, can complete the required VA forms directly online at the GI Bill website using the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) website.

  • Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits (veteran)
  • Form 22-5490 Application for VA Education Benefits (dependent)
  • Form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program/Place of Training (veteran)
  • Form 22-5495 Request for Change of Program/Place of Training (dependent)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov

Once a student becomes eligible (approved) to receive VA educational benefits, the student should also submit a Cal Maritime Veteran’s Information form to the veterans-certifying official(s) in the Registrar’s Office in order to start the enrollment certification process.

Resource Links

For further information regarding VA Educational Benefits, please email veterans@csum.edu which is checked by the veterans-certifying official(s) in the Office of the Registrar.