Cal Poly’s military-friendly campus offers an enthusiastic and supportive community for all veterans, service members, and our large group of military-dependent students. The Center for Military-Connected Students is a central hub of information and support. We strive to provide comprehensive assistance to all military-connected students. The dedicated CMCS team supports students in accessing their VA education and Cal Vet Fee Waiver Benefits. The center can direct students to a multitude of campus and community resources.
Drop by our virtual center and get to know current students who are dedicated to building a military-friendly community. Our virtual center staff can answer questions or schedule appointments with our staff experts. Join in on any of our upcoming events - alumni, current, and admitted students are always welcome.
We are available to assist with all VA, TA, and Cal Vet Fee waiver questions and paperwork. We also coordinate all in-state tuition requests for out-of-state military-connected students, when eligible. For quarters beginning after August 1, 2021 students who are using Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Fry Scholarship benefits are eligible for in-state tuition. For quarters beginning after August 1, 2022, students who are using CH 35 Dependents Educational Assistance are also eligible for in-state tuition.
In addition to our physical center on campus, we also offer a Virtual Center that is open every day to answer questions and provide support.
We are committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all military-connected students. We understand the unique needs and challenges that you may face, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.
Before enrolling in our institution, it is imperative that all prospective military-connected students connect with the Center for Military-Connected Students. This connection is crucial to ensure that you receive the guidance and support you need throughout your academic journey. The CMCS is dedicated to offering a range of services tailored to your specific needs, including academic advising, resources, and a supportive community of fellow military-connected students who understand the military lifestyle.
In addition to connecting with the Center for Military-Connected Students, service members are required to obtain approval from their respective Education Services Officer (ESO), military counselor, or Service prior to enrollment. This step is vital to ensure that your educational pursuits align with your military service commitments and responsibilities. Your ESO or military counselor will provide valuable insights and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your education and will provide you with the necessary documentation required to use any military education benefits that are available to you.
We are deeply committed to supporting the academic and personal success of our military-connected students, and these measures are in place to guarantee that you have a smooth transition into our university. If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
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Cal Poly's Center for Military-Connected Students supports all student veterans and the dependents of those who have served. Our center is a welcoming space where they can grab a snack, study, and make those social connections that support a healthy student. Our free food pantry strives to ensure that students can focus on their studies. Please help by donating via our Amazon wish list or through Cal Poly Gives. Your gifts help us to maintain our pantry and help our students bridge the gap caused by the high cost of living in San Luis Obispo.
Click this link to join our VIRTUAL CENTER - Open 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday for walk-in questions and appointments.
Our space on campus is in the Welding Building, Bldg 58. You'll find us steps from the entrance to the campus Police Department It is open 8 am to 7pm Monday -Friday.
Program Lead/Cal Vet College Fee Waiver Point of Contact and our Military Benefit Analyst have virtual office open hours on Tues & Thurs from 1 pm to 3 pm. Drop in with your questions!
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