Welcome to Mendocino College Veterans Services and the Veteran Resource Center!

Connect with us:

We are here to help you.  The following are examples of services that can be obtained in the VRC:

  • Assistance with the Mendocino College application and registration processes
  • Eligibility for priority registration
  • Textbook Lending Library
  • Evaluation of military transcripts and DD-214s for college credit
  • Evaluation of transcripts from other colleges/universities
  • Information about VA education benefits
  • Assistance Applying for VA education benefits
  • Certification of enrollment for education benefits upon request
  • Evaluation of educational progress toward degree and certificate programs
  • Academic Counseling
  • Connection with community resources

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Academic Counseling Appointments:

Please contact us to schedule an appointment: veterans@mendocino.edu

Becoming a Mendocino College Student:

We want you to succeed and achieve your goals and so require that all new and transfer students complete the matriculation process as follows:

  • Apply for Admission 
  • Complete a New Student Orientation
  • Complete the Placement Tool or Submit Transcripts 
  • Meet with a Counselor - A counseling appointment can be scheduled after the above steps are completed.  The counselor will assist in the selection of an appropriate program of study and develop an education plan to guide you in course selection to achieve your goal.  Appointments can be made by emailing veterans@mendocino.edu or counselingappointments@mendocino.edu
  • Schedule an appointment with the School Certifying Official - The School Certifying Official will answer questions about your educational benefit, verify the education plan developed meets VA standards, and submit the certification of your enrollment to the VA so that you can begin receiving your benefit.  Certification of your enrollment to the VA is only completed upon your request.  For an appointment, please email: veterans@mendocino.edu 

Isakson & Roe Shopping Sheet

Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315, Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA education benefits. To ensure compliance with the law, we have developed the Shopping Sheet Information for Student Veterans/Veteran’s Dependents.

Cost of Attendance (estimated cost of courses including: tuition, fees, books, supplies, living & other additional expenses: 

The following provides access to the cost of attendance and how to pay for college.

Please review current Mendocino College Fees and Tuition and direct any questions regarding residency or fees and tuition to veterans@mendocino.edu.  

We also encourage you to review the Net Price Calculator, which is intended to provide an estimate of net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

Types of Federal Financial Aid Offered that Students May be Qualified to Receive:

All students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application CADAA.  Once the application has been received and processed, detailed information about aid for which you are eligible can be accessed through the My Financial Aid Status option in MyMendo.  Please visit the Mendocino College Financial Aid webpage for more information about available aid and the Mendocino College Foundation webpage for more information about available scholarships.

For assistance in completing the FAFSA or CADAA, or more information about available aid, please connect with the Financial Aid Office at: financialaid@mendocino.edu or 707-468-3110

Estimated Amount of Student Loan Debt Upon Completion of a 2-Year Degree or Certificate:

For many students, borrowing in order to finance their college degree is necessary. While student loans may be a necessary part of financing your degree, it’s important to borrow responsibly. This means only borrowing for what you need. College is an investment in your future.  To review estimated student loan debt upon completion, please review the Mendocino College scorecard.

Amounts Covered by VA:

Students using educational benefits are encouraged to review the GI Bill® Comparison Tool.  This tool allows you to determine the current educational benefit pay rate based upon the benefit you will use and the college you attend.  It also offers the option to compare colleges to determine which is the best fit for you.

The following links and information will allow you to determine your estimated VA educational benefits, housing allowance, and book stipends:

VA GI Bill Comparison tool https://www.va.gov/education/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

VA Payment Rates https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp

Monthly Housing Allowance & Monthly Stipend Based on Benefit and Enrollment Pursuit Rate https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/index.asp

Book Stipend Availability:

Chapter 30

Not applicable

Chapter 31 – Veteran Readiness & Employment

Full cost

Chapter 33 – Post-9/11

$1,000.00 annually

Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance

Not applicable

Chapter 1606 – Selected Reserve

Not applicable

Mendocino College offers a lending library for Veterans and Dependents.  The lending library provides access to textbooks, Chromebooks, and scientific calculators.  Items may be checked out for the semester and can be requested through the Veterans Resource Center located room 1240 of MacMillan Hall, Ukiah Campus

Mendocino College Residence for Tuition:

Students actively using Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33, or Chapter 35 educational benefits are exempt from paying nonresident tuition regardless of when the Veteran separated from the military.  If you are deemed a non-resident at the time of admission, please complete the Residence Questionnaire and submit proof of current California residence and your Certificate of Eligibility to the Admissions and Records Office.

Graduation Rates for Mendocino College:

The graduation rates for Mendocino College can be reviewed through our College Scorecard on the College Navigator webpage.

Job Placement Rates for Mendocino College:

The placement rates for Mendocino College can be reviewed through the California Community College webpage.

Academic Programs:

Mendocino College offers a wide variety of programs leading to degrees and certificates.  Detailed information can be found on our Academic Programs webpage and in the current Mendocino College Catalog.

Evaluation and Credit for Transfer Work:

Upon request, Mendocino College will evaluate and award credit for coursework completed at accredited colleges and universities as well as military experience, completion of CLEP and AP, and for industry credentials.  Review pages 68-72 of the current Mendocino College catalog for additional details.

Certification of Enrollment to the VA:

Certification for VA educational benefits each semester is not automatic.  Students who wish to receive the benefit must complete the required paperwork with the School Certifying Official and submit a certification request each semester:



VA Monthly Enrollment Verification:

Students using Post 9/11 Benefits (also called Chapter 33) must verify their enrollment at the end of each month.  Please visit the following VA webpage for detailed information on this requirement and the steps to complete verification: https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/isaksonroe/verification_of_enrollment.asp 


The following are additional resources that may prove helpful to you as you pursue your education at Mendocino College and use your VA educational benefits:

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) - calvet.ca.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs - benefits.va.gov/gibill/

eBenefits - ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

Lake County Veterans Services - co.lake.ca.us/Government/Directory/VeteransServices.htm

Post 9/11 GI Bill U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facebook Page - facebook.com/gibillEducation/

Mendocino County Veterans Services - mendocinocounty.org/government/health-and-human-services-agency/adult-services/veterans-services

Joint Services Transcripts - jst.doded.mil/official.html

United Veterans Council of Lake County, California - uvclc.org/

WEAMS - inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/searchInst.do#content-area

Staff Contact Information

Anastasia Simpson-Logg, Director of Enrollment Services/School Certifying Official

Betsy Helms, Admissions and Records Specialist 

  • MacMillan Hall, Room 1200
  • Phone: 707-468-3211 Fax: 707-468-3430 Email: bhelms@mendocino.edu           

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

For more information visit www.va.gov or call VA Education 1-888-442-4551.