Veterans Services

TBCC respects the sacrifice veterans and their families make while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We are committed to assisting veterans and their dependents to access benefits in support of their educational goals.

From applying for education benefits to finding special scholarships for veterans, we’re here to help you become a part of the TBCC community!

The TBCC Veterans Service Office is located in Student Services on the main campus.  If you are utilizing VA educational benefits for the first time or are a Veteran transferring to TBCC from another college, please contact Sally Jackson, TBCC’s VA School Certifying Official (SCO) for information and to schedule an intake session.  Sally can be reached at (503) 842-8222, ext. 1130 or sallyjackson@tillamookbaycc.edu.

How do I apply for Veterans Education Benefits?

Veterans, disabled veterans and dependents of certain veterans may be eligible for educational benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA).  To determine your eligibility for benefits, please contact the VA directly at 1-888-GI-Bill1 or www.ebenefits.va.gov

Step 1: Apply with the VA

Complete the Veterans Online Application about six weeks before you want to start classes.  If you need help completing the application, we can help! Just contact TBCC’s School Certifying Official (SCO) Sally Jackson at sallyjackson@tillamookbaycc.edu or (503) 842-8222 ext. 1130

VA regulations require the following:

  • Veterans receiving VA educational benefits while attending TBCC are required to obtain official transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to TBCC’s Registrar’s Office for review of prior credit.
  • All transcripts, including Joint Service Transcripts, must be received by TBCC no later than the completion of the first term of attendance. Enrollment in subsequent terms will be permitted once this requirement is met.
  • Veterans receiving VA educational benefits must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average each term to maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)[link to JICS SAP], in accordance with the academic policies of TBCC.
  • Veterans receiving VA educational benefits are cautioned that receipt of such grades as W (withdrawal), NP (no pass), F (failing grade), or a decrease in credits during the semester may result in a reduction of benefit payments, repayment of some benefits, or possible termination of benefits.
  • Veterans receiving VA educational benefits must assume responsibility for notifying TBCC’s SCO of any changes in their schedule every quarter.
Step 2: Get admitted to TBCC

After completing the application process with the VA, apply and get admitted to TBCC and choose your degree program. This process may require you to take a placement test, and you will also need to attend a New Student Orientation. If you have any questions along the way do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help.

Step 3: Talk to our veterans specialist

Contact TBCC’s School Certifying Official (SCO) Sally Jackson at sallyjackson@tillamookbaycc.edu or (503) 842-8222 ext. 1130 to start using your benefits at TBCC. You’ll need to provide TBCC with:

  • Certificate of Eligibility from the VA
  • Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
  • Copy of VA Form DD214
Step 4: Register for classes

Register for classes within your selected degree program.

Step 5: Submit your schedule

After you have registered for classes, submit your schedule for certification to the SCO Sally Jackson, sallyjackson@tillamookbaycc.edu or (503) 842-8222 ext. 1130.

Step 6: Pay for your classes

Make sure your classes are paid for prior to the deadline each term to avoid late payment fees.

Am I eligible for a tuition waiver?

Veteran Tuition Waivers are available for:

Disabled Oregon Veterans

Tillamook Bay Community College shall waive tuition (not covered by any other agency or government sponsored program) of veterans who are identified as disabled fifty percent or more while participating as a result of military service and who listed Oregon as their permanent residence at time of discharge.

Dependents of Fallen or 100% Disabled Oregon Veterans

TBCC will provide a tuition waiver to the spouse and children age 23 and under (including adoptive and step-children) of all branches of the United States Armed Forces or United States Coast Guard who:

  • Died while on active duty, or
  • died as a result of a military service-connected disability, or
  • is 100% permanently disabled as a result of a military service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Please contact Sally Jackson, sallyjackson@tillamookbaycc.edu or (503) 842-8222 1130 to initiate access to these resources.

Scholarships for Veterans

The National Student Loan Data System for Students (NSDLS) provides great resources on scholarships for veterans and their families.

Section 702 of the Choice Act

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), allows VA to approve programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty at public institutions of higher learning, if the institution charges qualifying Veterans and dependents resident (in-state) tuition and fees for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.

Tillamook Bay Community College provides in-state tuition and fee rates to “covered individuals.” A “covered individual” is defined in the Choice Act as:

• A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

These new requirements will ensure our Nation’s recently discharged Veterans, and their eligible family members, will not have to bear the cost of out-of-state charges while using their well-deserved education benefits.