Getting Started at CSU
Step One: Apply
Apply for admission to Colorado State University. Send official transcripts from all previous training directly to CSU from each previous training institution, including (but not limited to) former colleges, universities, test scores that grant college credits, and military training.
For military transcripts:
Step Two: Get started using your VA benefits
New students are those who have not used VA benefits before at any institution of higher education.
To apply for benefits, you will need to complete the appropriate VA application through the VA.gov website.
Understand the Standards of Satisfactory Progress.
Step Three: Apply for Financial Aid
You may be eligible for other types of financial aid while receiving your Veterans Educational Benefits. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). CSU’s school code is 001350.
For other financial aid questions please visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Step Four: Apply for & Activate COF
To learn more about applying for and activating COF, refer to Financial Aid’s COF website.
Step Five: Meet with a CSU Academic Advisor within your major
Review your degree plan to ensure your course selection is in alignment with your program of study. If you are bringing credits from another source, a Prior Credit Memorandum must be completed; if you are an Undergraduate, your advisor must sign to verify the credits.
Undergraduate Students should review their Degree Progress Audit via RAMweb.
Graduate Students should work with their Faculty Advisor as well as follow the processes for filing a GS-6 (See Step 3: Program of Study).
Step Six: Complete your paperwork
Complete the Enrollment Certification Request Form (all users) and the Chapter 33 Acknowledgement Form (if applicable). Turn in your completed paperwork to the Veterans Education Benefits Office by email, fax, or in person after you register for classes. You will be advised if there are any additional requirements once your documents have been reviewed. If you are using Post 9/11 – Chapter 33 benefits, the Veterans Education Benefits office will also require a copy of an updated Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA to verify your benefits prior to updating your student account.
Step Seven: Talk with a Veteran Career Counselor
Meet with a Veteran Career Counselor to discuss your career goals, look at the job market, and discuss options on completing a career exploration assessment.
To sign up for Veteran Success Services and to set up an appointment, e-mail Adult Learner and Veteran Services.
Step Eight: Last, but not least
Enjoy utilizing your VA Education Benefits, and remember to fill out a worksheet EVERY semester.
Check out our Continuing Benefits Students page for additional information.