Welcome VC Veterans, Active Duty and Military Families and Thank You for Your Service!



Veterans Student Liaison

Shasta Hanson shanson@vcccd.edu (805) 289-6575  

Available for Skype, Phone and Canvas appointments during the VC campus closure Monday/Tuesday from 10:00am-6:30pm and Wednesday/Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm.  

Get help applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA)

  • Complete 2019-2020 FAFSA (Spring 2020 and Summer 2020)
  • Complete 2020-2021 FAFSA (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021)

Get help applying for Financial Aid when you have experienced a change in student or spouse income

  • Review your financial aid application for special financial circumstances due to changes in income
  • Loss of income due to separation from military, loss of employment or change in employment
  • Change in income occurring in 2018, 2019 or 2020

Get help with with your SAP Appeal and Appeal to Extend

  • Assistance with completing and submitting Financial Aid Appeals due to GPA, Unit Completion or Maximum Time Frame

Get help with your Bank Mobile Vibe account

  • Understanding your award letter and your Financial Aid disbursements
  • Setting up your Bank Mobile Vibe Account to receive Financial Aid disbursements

Get help with questions related to your VA Benefits, Residency and other financial aid questions

  • Call  Shasta Hanson directly at 805-289-6575, or email shanson.vcccd.edu 
  • Available for Skype, Phone and Canvas appointments Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm during the VC campus closure 


Updates for Veterans related to campus closures due to COVID-19

03/19/2020- Update from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Over the past two weeks, VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this difficult time.  The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill will be headed to POTUS to sign, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.

What should GI Bill Students know?

There is no action required from a GI Bill student. VA has scheduled several training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities over the next couple of days to provide further guidance. We will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely. We are committed to providing regular updates to you through direct email campaigns and social media about VA’s effort to implement these new changes. If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.


Additional COVID-19 Resources for Students

Ventura College Student Emergency Grant (VCSEG) - A grant to support students facing temporary financial hardship due to an emergency or crisis situation.

VCemergency.com - Stay informed with local updates about the Coronavirus here in Ventura County.

California Community College Health & Wellness - Emotional Wellness + COVID-19:  Resources to help students support their mental health, physical health, basic needs, and wellness.

211 - Get Connected. Get Help - Virtual services providing expert and caring help.

The Hope Center: For College, Community, and Justice - Resources for Students

The Hope Center: For College, Community, and Justice (COVID-19) - Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students

United Way: Recovery Response to COVID-19 or call (866) 211-9966.



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We are gaming out emergency preparedness scenarios and we stand ready when the President needs us to expand our mission,” stated VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. 

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Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator 

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)


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