Veterans Benefits

The GI BillĀ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about the education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website,

Columbia Gorge Community College is committed to providing financial aid to assist you with your education. The registrar at CGCC certifies all veteran benefits for certificate and degree seeking students attending both in-person and online programs. You may be qualified for both federal student aid and military or VA benefits. To be considered for federal financial aid, please visit Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). File for FAFSA as soon as possible, the CGCC FAFSA code is 041519.

In order to receive VA benefits, you must submit a Certificate of Eligibility, obtained through Department of Veteran Affairs GI Bill, which should be sent to the Registrar. Veterans may be able to transfer their benefits to a spouse, one or more children, or a combination of a spouse and child. The VA strongly recommends that veterans apply online as applications are processed much more quickly than by mail.

Columbia Gorge Community College does not impose any penalties due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under Chapter 31 or 33. Students with payment delays will not be charged  late fees, prevented from enrolling, or denied access to courses, libraries, or other institutional facilities, nor are students required to borrow additional funds due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under Chapter 31 or 33.

Students enrolled in a CGCC online certificate or degree program should contact the registrar at or 541-506-6025.

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Steps to Apply

  1. Contact the veteran certifying official and Apply to CGCC.
  2. Certify Eligibility with VA.
  3. Once certified, submit verification to Registrar's Office.
  4. Once verified by the registrar, begin process of speaking with financial aid, advisors and register for classes.
  5. Attend Orientation
  6. Begin classes