Veterans and Military

Alliant International University is proud to continue to serve of veterans, active duty military, reserve, National Guard, and military-affiliated students while attending school to achieve their higher education goals.

Many of our degrees are approved to use Federal and State benefits. Our Veteran Service Office is here to serve our students with certification of Federal GI Bill® benefits and connections with campus and local resources.

Alliant International University
Veterans Service Office
VeteranServices@alliant.edu

Points of Contact for Military and Veteran Services by Campus

Please contact VeteranServices@alliant.edu for any questions or information about Military and Veteran Services at Alliant International University.

Each campus location has a Point of Contact (POC) you can turn to for assistance as well:

Location POC Email Phone
Fresno Cheri Cruz cheri.cruz@alliant.edu 559-253-2308
Irvine Nicole Camaras ncamaras@alliant.edu 949-812-7464
Los Angeles Celia Lopez clopez@alliant.edu 626-270-3311
Sacramento Kimberly Gardner kgardner@alliant.edu 916-561-3224
San Diego/Online Kaz Lockett kaz.lockett@alliant.edu 858-635-4706
San Francisco Angela Dickson adickson@alliant.edu 415-955-2163

 

Alliant International University’s Veteran Service Office operates as the primary and initial resource for most military-affiliated services. Our mission is to assist military-connected students—veterans, active duty service members, reserve, National Guard and military spouse and children—with processing of VA related benefits under a variety of different programs. These include:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

For information on these benefits to include eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.

VA Education Benefit Documents to Submit Before Registering for Classes – New Student/First Time GI Bill® recipient at Alliant International University.

Students utilizing Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to Alliant International University’s Military and Veteran Service office at VeteranServices@alliant.edu. If the COE is not provided before payment is due, students may be required to pay their tuition and fees early and will then be reimbursed after payments have been disbursed by the VA to the University. Students submitting their COE, must include their Student ID#.

Students utilizing Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must ensure their assigned counselor submits the necessary VA Form 22-1905 to Alliant international Military and Veteran Services department in order to have tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes.

Students utilizing Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®, Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance, Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, or Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program do NOT have to submit any documentation prior to registering for classes and are required to make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Alliant International University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and agrees to make additional funds available for your education program without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement, if eligible. Alliant voluntarily entered into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement to better assist students utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill® with the cost of their tuition. The total number of awards offered, and the maximum Yellow Ribbon awards provided by the university (and matched by the VA), will vary based on the school in which a student is enrolled at Alliant. Please refer to Yellow Ribbon webpage for eligibility.

Each award represents the maximum dollar amount that will be contributed annually by the university towards tuition and fees.

The following denotes the number and amounts of new Yellow Ribbon awards to assist with tuition and fees which exceed the annual cap.

This amount will be matched by the VA:

School Total # of New Awards Maximum Alliant Awards (Per Student/Per Year)
California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS)
Undergraduate Unlimited $8,250
Graduate
(Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco)
Unlimited $9,660
California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)
Undergraduate Unlimited $8,250
Graduate
(Los Angeles, San Diego)
Unlimited $3,000
Graduate
(Fresno, Irvine, Sacramento and San Francisco)
Unlimited $5,000
California School of Management & Leadership (CSML)
Undergraduate Unlimited $8,250
Graduate
(Fresno, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco)
Unlimited $9,660
California School of Education (CSOE)
Undergraduate Unlimited $8,250
Graduate
(Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco)
Unlimited $5,000
San Francisco Law School (SFLS)
Graduate
(San Francisco)
Unlimited $5,000

Step 1: Determine the Type of GI Bill® Benefit(s) You Intend to Use

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Chapter 35: Dependent Education Assistance
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selective Reserve
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship:

For information on these benefits to include eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Step 2: Apply for Your Benefits

Visit Vets.gov website to apply for the benefit you intend to use.

The VA will make a decision on your benefits application and send you a Certificate of Eligibility, usually by mail to the address used on the benefits application. If you have an ebenefits.va.gov you may be able to locate your educational benefits status.

Step 3: Register for Your Classes

Ensure to work with your designated Student Advisor and register for classes the same manner as a non-military students.

Step 4: Submit a Request for Certification of GI Bill Benefits

Submit the Student Responsibility Agreement to VeteranServices@alliant.edu. Students wishing to utilize federal VA education benefits must provide the Alliant Military and Veteran Service office the Student Responsibility Agreement documentation EACH semester AFTER registering for classes. Students DO NOT have to provide a class schedule. Alliant International University cannot process VA Education Benefits without submitting the Student Responsibility Agreement.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

  • If the VR&E counselor has not already done so, provide a copy signed by the counselor of the VA Form 22-1905 authorizing the student to pursue training.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms.
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

  • A signed VA Form 22-5495 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.
  • Additionally, the VA Claim Number (with assigned suffix) must be indicated on the Student Responsibility Agreement.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to the Alliant Veteran Service office in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms.
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Student Responsibility Agreement. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.
  • This benefit is not eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program.

VA Work-Study Program San Diego Campus

Alliant International University offers GI Bill recipients, who are three-quarter time (3/4 time) or greater, the opportunity to apply for positions as a VA Work-Study at the San Diego campus. Interested students may apply using VA form 22-8691 e-mailed to Kaz.lockett@alliant.edu

If you are a GI Bill-using student who certifies for at least 3/4 time and can work 12-25 hours a week, you are eligible for the VA work-study program at Alliant’s San Diego Campus. The program is an extension of the GI Bill, giving a student up to 100 hours a month, or 25 hours a week, paid at minimum wage for California. The wage is not taxed, like the GI Bill, and is a great way to maximize the GI Bill®. The wage should increase as minimum wage increases in California every year. The type of work is mostly day to day office work: filing, student interactions, initial GI Bill® certification processing, answering phone calls and e-mails, and assisting with rebuilding the Veterans Service program at Alliant.

Alliant International University accepts other tuition assistance offered by various programs for the funding of your educational goals. Our service members and military families are very important at Alliant, and there are many programs that offer benefits to eligible active duty military, military spouses, and their dependents.  For more information about Military Tuition Assistance please contact Charles Loftland at Charles.loftland@alliant.edu.

  • Army Tuition Assistance (TA) Program (GoArmyEd portal)
  • Tuition Assistance Top-Up (Top-Up)
  • My CAA : Spouse Education Programs
  • Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)
  • Coast Guard Foundation
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
  • VADM E.P. Travis Scholarship and Loan Program (VADM E.P.)
    • Spouse of an active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps. You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
        • 1,000 grants are awarded each academic year at $2,000 each.
        • Spouse of an active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps. You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
        • Applicants are also evaluated for an interest-free student loan of up to $3,000.
        • The loan repayment begins within 30 days of award and must be repaid by allotment within 24 months.
      • Application deadline is March 1st of each year.
  • General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)
    • The purpose of the Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is to provide partial tuition assistance for spouses of Active Duty airmen or officers, who accompany members to overseas locations and will be attending college programs. The focus of the program is on the completion of degree or certificate programs that provide increased occupational opportunities for spouses.

  • Official Joint Service Transcripts (JST)
  • Community College of the Air Force
  • DD-214

Ace Credit Recommendations

Unit recommendations for service branches are made by the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Credit and Credential. (ACE Guide)

Alliant awards credit for military education, MOS Rankings (Military Occupational Specialties), and Military Experience with ACE recommended baccalaureate/associate or graduate degree category units. Alliant awards lower and/or upper division units as specified in the ACE credit recommendations.

Military basic training is awarded for the initial basic training completed when the individual entered the military branch. Basic training credit is contingent upon the completion of the required number of weeks of training. A DD-214 does not constitute credit, length of credit does.

Course equivalencies and credit hours awarded for an Alliant degree are determined by our schools and/or academic departments. Credit hours may be awarded for specific courses toward degree requirements or as elective credit. The number of credit hours awarded will be determined by the school and/or academic department.

Joint Service Transcripts (JST)

Joint Services Transcript (JST) is part of an automated transcript system that combines Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard detailed personal service member data, military course completions with descriptions, military experience, and other learning experiences. The transcript includes college credit recommendations for ACE Guide completed evaluations. The transcript also includes college-level test score data for exams such as CLEP, DSST, DLPT, and Excelsior/Regents credit. Alliant will award credit based on our established guidelines for CLEP, DSST, DLPT, and Excelsior/Regents credit when these exams are listed on an official “Institutional Copy” of a JST transcript. They are available for all Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy Active Duty, Reserve, and Veterans.

Additional information regarding the Joint Services Transcript (JST) can be found below:

Currently active service members or those who have a Common Access Card (CAC) and were prior enlisted can order a JST transcript through the JST system website. For those who are not active duty or do not have a Common Access Card (CAC), you must register for a JST account. Additional information and instructions can be found on the JST system website.

Non-Traditional Credit/Transcripts

BOOST (Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training)
Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island

Students must submit an official BOOST transcript to receive military credit for BOOST units. Military credit is awarded based on completed tracks and course numbers listed on the transcript and referenced to course numbers within the NV-0400-0001 course description of the ACE Guide. Alliant requires the official BOOST transcript for credit awards.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
Alliant requires an official transcript or posting on a Joint Services Transcript (JST) to award credit for approved CLEP exams. In 2008, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Services (ETS) called PROMETRIC began issuing official transcripts for CLEP. Alliant allows no more than 30 units of credit earned through examination.

DSST Program tests by PROMETRIC
Alliant will award up to 24 units of DSST exam credit based on ACE Guide credit recommendations in effect at the time the exam was completed. Alliant may award lower division and upper division credit consistent with ACE Guide lower or upper division baccalaureate credit recommendations

Defense Information School
Alliant does not grant credit for course work completed at Defense Information School. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Occupational Education and has ACE Guide recommendations, but it is more occupational in nature, not academic.

Defense Language Institute
Alliant will recognize baccalaureate credit listed on an official Defense Language Institute transcript. These units apply toward the 70 unit maximum rule for community colleges.

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
DLPT credit could be listed on a Joint Services Transcript (JST) or possibly Defense Language Institute transcript. If DLPT exam credit and the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA both appear on a Joint Services Transcript (JST), Alliant International requires the Defense Language Institute transcript to determine credit awards.

There are 33 different languages encompassed by the DLPTs. As of August 2007, there are 23 languages covered by the DLPT IV and 17 languages available as DLPT5. Units awarded for DLPT are included in the 30 unit max limit for credit by examination. Lower- and upper-division credit is awarded based on ACE Guide Recommendations in effect at the time the exam was completed.

  • DLPT III and IV ACE credit recommendations are determined by the test scores (specifically “converted scores”) achieved on listening, reading, and speaking tests, as well as the difficulty of the language concerned. Languages are categorized from I (easiest) to IV (hardest), based on the difficulty of native speakers of American English may have in learning a foreign language.
  • DLPT5 ACE credit recommendations are reported according to the ILR Proficiency Level Descriptors (0, 0+, 1, 1+, 2, 2+, 3, 3+, and 4).

For all questions about financial aid offered by Alliant International University, please contact the University Financial Aid Office at finaid@alliant.edu or 858-635-4700.

Scholarships

Please Visit the Alliant International University Scholarship page for further details