2021-2022 Newly Admitted Students

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO UC BERKELEY

US Military flags in front of the Sather Tower at UC Berkeley

The Cal Veteran Services Center (CVSC) congratulates you and your family on this amazing accomplishment. We wish we could have welcomed and hosted you in person, but do look forward to engaging with you through online platforms. This page serves to inform and help you navigate your next steps. 

We know some of you have already made the decision to accept your admission to UC Berkeley, congratulations on becoming a Golden Bear! For those still deciding where you will be attending this coming academic year, we hope this page assists you in making an informed and educated decision.

In addition to this webpage, please utilize the following checklist to assist with your decision of choosing UC Berkeley or help with your transition to UC Berkeley: Veteran and Military-Connected Student Checklist.

Join Us For The Following Events:

Thriving In Fall: 2021 & Beyond: Keys to Success for Independent Students
Cal Veteran Services Center virtual welcome sessions

Independent Student Programs (ISP) Presents:

Thriving in Fall 2021 & Beyond: Keys for Success for Independent Students

Tuesday April 27th, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94060998945

The Independent Student Programs (ISP) consists of Berkeley Hope Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Re-entry Student Program, and Student Parent Center.

Hosted by the Cal Veteran Services Center (CVSC):

Transfer Student Resource Fair (hosted by Office of Undergraduate Admissions) 

May 4th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Link to CVSC virtual table: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/91945959590

CVSC Virtual Office Hours 

May 11th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94056934168

Veteran and Military-Connected Student Welcome

May 18th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97057844176

CVSC Virtual Office Hours 

May 25th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94056934168


Cal Veteran staff

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

The CVSC expands access and empowers veteran and military-affiliated student engagement at UC Berkeley.  Our work engages individuals and the broader community to facilitate a transformational higher education experience for 600+ veterans and military-affiliated students.

We invite you to explore veteran.berkeley.edufor more information and services offered.

Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3)

The Cal Veteran Services Center is part of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence(CE3). The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence ensure non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead. CE3 is comprised of several programs and centers. For more information please visit ce3.berkeley.edu.


NEXT STEPS FROM ADMISSIONS

We know many of you have been admitted to other universities in addition to UC Berkeley and are receiving many messages. It may feel overwhelming, but it is important to keep on top of the messages received as they contain very important information.

Deadline to accept your offer of admissions
As a reminder, the deadline to accept your admissions to UC Berkeley is May 1 for Freshmen, June 1 for transfer students, and varies for graduate students.

Admissions Counselor and Academic Update Form
Be sure to read emails and your student portals carefully. You have been assigned an Admissions Counselor that can provide further assistance. If any changes have occurred to your academic situation, please be sure to fill out the Academic Update Form which can be found on your My Application Portal (MAP) or on Cal Central (if you have already accepted your offer of admissions).

Waitlist
If you have been waitlisted, make sure you accept the waitlist offer and accept your offer of admission to another institution you have been accepted to.

Class Enrollment
You will have the opportunity to select classes when you complete online advising in June. Those that serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will receive priority enrollment for the Spring 2022 and semesters after that.


VA EDUCATION BENEFITS

Welcome from UC Berkeley’s Veterans Benefits unit in the Office of the Registrar.

Veterans Benefits provides veterans and their dependents with the information and assistance required to seamlessly receive veterans’ educational benefits while pursuing their academic careers at UC Berkeley. Our staff serves as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Berkeley students eligible for federal veterans’ educational benefits. We also assist students eligible for the California Department of Veterans Affairs College Fee Waiver (Cal Vet) program. 

registrar.berkeley.edu/veterans-benefits

To initiate Veterans Affairs Benefits at UC Berkeley, please provide the following documents to Veterans Benefits. You may submit documentation by emailing veteransbenefits@berkeley.edu or in-person by checking in at the front desk of Sproul Hall during our operating hours. Please redact your Social Security Number on any documents you submit electronically.

  • Submit the following forms to veteransbenefits@berkeley.eduAll students: Veteran Services Intake Form (not required if you are only using Cal Vet Fee Waiver)
  • Initiate benefits or update your VA Education Benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.  (Please note:  The exception is the Cal Vet Fee Waiver, which is handled through your county Veteran Service Office)
  • Chapters 30, 33, 35: Certificate of Eligibility
  • Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E): Ensure your case manager sends a Purchase Order (PO) through the Tungsten Network Portal to Jay Nelson, School Certifying Official
  • Chapter 1606 and 1607: Notice of Basic Eligibility
  • DD-214 for veterans or Military ID for Active Duty (optional, submit if not utilizing benefits but to receive course priority enrollment)

Students who received benefits at another institution: 

  • Change of Place of Training Form VA Form 22-5495 (Chapter 35)*
  • Change of Place of Training Form VA Form 22-1995 (for all other Chapters)*

*VA Form 22-1990, 22-1995, and 22-5495 can be filled out at VA.gov

Graduate Students Only:
Graduate Veterans Education Plan (This form must be submitted before your second term can be certified and needs to be reviewed and signed by an advisor from your college.)