Several SDSU College of Extended Studies professional certificates have been approved for Veterans Education Benefits. Eligible veterans and family members will need to obtain authorization from the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to enrollment in a certificate program. If you have questions, please contact the College of Extended Studies.

First-Time Extended Studies Students

What You Need to Do


What I Need From You

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • Copy of submitted application for education benefits (from VONAPP)
  • DD Form 214 (not required if on active duty)
  • College transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Signed Veterans Information Bulletin Proof of Issue
  • Completed and signed Student Veterans Responsibility Agreement


Active Duty Service Members Using Tuition Assistance

As an active duty service member you may be eligible to use your tuition assistance for College of Extended Studies certificate programs. For full details on how to use your tuition assistance, please visit your command or unit education officer.

Tuition Assistance Students Must Provide:

  • Tuition Assistance Authorization Form (issued by command education officer)
  • College of Extended Studies Registration Form

For further assistance please contact the College of Extended Studies.


Returning Extended Studies Students

Returning Students Must Provide:


Definition of Forms

Certificate of Eligibility – Provided by the VA to the veteran student stating chapter eligibility, level of eligibility, and length of education benefit. This is typically sent by the VA after they have approved your application for education benefits.

VA Form 22-1990 – Application for Education Benefits
Who: active duty, veterans, retirees, reservists, National Guard students
When: First-time student applies for VA education benefits
What: Chapters 30 (MGIB), 32 (VEAP), 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), 1606 (MGIB-SR), 1607 (REAP)
How: VONAPP online or via mail with a copy of your DD 214 or DD Form 2384 (a.k.a. NOBE – reservists only)
Also: Submit proof of college funds or kickers
DO NOT WAIT to submit your application if you don’t have your DD 214 or NOBE yet

VA Form 22-1990E – Application for Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)
Who: dependent spouse or child
When: applying for VA education benefits for the first time
Why: used to submit original claim whenever there has been a transfer of benefits from a servicemember to their dependent

VA Form 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training
Who: students who are NOT dependents
When: transferring schools or changing education program (e.g., San Diego City College to SDSU CES or HR certificate to project management certificate)
How: VONAPP online or via mail

VA Form 22-5490 – Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits
Who: DEA Chapter 35 and Fry Scholarship recipient students
When: Applying for benefits for the first time
How: VONAPP online or via mail
Note: Fry Scholarship recipients use their SSN as the VA File Number. DEA students use VA file number of veteran whose death/disability gives eligibility to the dependent.

VA Form 22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (Survivor’s & Dependent’s Educational Assistance)
Who: DEA Chapter 35 students
When: to identify and request approval for a change when transferring schools
How: VONAPP online or via mail

Veterans Information Bulletin (VIB) – Explains the College of Extended Studies’ policies on grades, attendance, etc. In addition, it provides a listing of all VA approved programs.

Student Veterans Responsibility Agreement – Used to obtain information from you to add you to the VA system (used to get the VA to pay the benefit). Also, this is your statement of understanding of your responsibilities. Please read this document in its entirety.

Student Veterans Continuing Responsibility Agreement – Used as a reminder of your responsibilities as a student veteran, and to verify that your information has not changed.