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April 29: Important information about the university's response to COVID-19
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Veterans Services

Hello CSULB student veterans and military affiliated students,

As you are all aware many significant announcements have been made this week regarding COVID-19. I want to take a moment to clarify your VA educational benefits.

I know many of you have received an email from the VA regarding benefits. If you are currently attending CSULB and receiving benefits you are already in a state approved program and your benefits will not change this semester.

If the school remains open (virtually, rather than physically), and students are transitioned to solely online classes, then benefit payments will be impacted as follows:

  • If the switch from training in-residence to online classes occurs during the term, and the program has been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, then benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill)will remain unchanged for the remainder of that term.
  • However, for any subsequent terms pursued solely online, the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be reduced to one-half of the national average of DoD's Basic Allowance for Housing rates for an E-5 with dependents. The limitations on MHA rates are codified in statute (38 U.S.C. 3313(c)(1)(B)(iii).
  • Lastly, if the program has not been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, benefit payments will completely stop (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) when students begin online.

In regards to the second bullet, our CSU Veterans Affairs Director, Dr. Marshall Thomas wrote:

Two bills have been introduced in the US House of Representatives that would ensure the continuation of benefits when courses change modalities in response to this public health crisis. This legislative fix would include the continuation of both tuition payments and Monthly Housing Allowances. While it is uncertain when these pieces of legislation might complete their paths through Congress and make it to the President's desk, Congress appears to be working as quickly as possible on bills to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. This is evidenced by the fact the Senate has cancelled its recess scheduled for next week to address COVID-19 concerns.

Should you have questions or concerns please feel free to call CSULB Veterans Services at (562)-985-5115 or email veterans@csulb.edu. Our office will remain open during normal operating hours, Monday through Friday from 0800 to 1700.

Michael Barraza, PsyD
Director, Veterans Services
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Brotman Hall, Suite 270
Long Beach, CA 90840
Ph: (562) 985-5115
www.csulb.edu/veterans

Welcome to Veterans Services, CSULB's veteran and military affiliated student support center. We're here to assist you in a new mission - Earning a Degree.

We help servicemembers, veterans, and eligible dependents access the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States. To do so, we certify their enrollment in courses for the G.I. Bill® and process CalVet Fee Waivers for eligible dependents.

Additionally, we provide veterans with information about applying for admissions to CSULB.

The links on the left hand side of this page should guide you to most of the information you need to get started on the road to getting a degree from CSULB, so take some time reviewing the information we've put together for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here.

Are you a veteran who wants to apply to CSULB?
Click here to learn how!

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VET NET Ally Seminar
Spring 2020 Semester - April 16

Click here to learn more

CSULB Named "Military Friendly School"
Military Friendly Schools 2018
For the 9th year in a row, CSULB has been named a "Military Friendly School" by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Understanding Military Culture

Watch a video of a presentation about military culture and student veterans. Dr. Thomas condensed portions of the VET NET Ally seminar and presented it to attendees at the California Community Colleges Veterans Summit II in December 2012.

Learn more about the VET NET Ally Seminar.

Important Numbers

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office - Muskogee, OK
(888) 442-4551

CSULB Student Account Services
(562) 985-8280

CSULB Enrollment Services
(562) 985-5471
(Admissions, Credit Evaluation, Registration, Records, Residency)

CSULB Transcript Information
(562) 985-5487

CSULB Financial Aid
(562) 985-8403

CSULB Counseling Support
(562) 985-4001

CSULB Veterans Services

Location:
Brotman Hall, Room 270
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments encouraged.
Phone: (562) 985-5115
FAX: (562) 985-4439