How do I submit my courses to the Veterans Resource Center

This handout is designed to guide you through the process to verify your courses with the Veterans Resource Center. This process is required to receive any educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits include, but are not limited to the following: Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Veterans Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31), Montgomery GI Bill: Active Duty (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35).

Note: If you are using the College Fee Waiver for Veterans Dependents (Cal Vet Fee Waiver) or Department of Defense Tuition Assistance only, you are not required to submit using this system. If you are using either of these benefits alongside one of the Chapter/VA benefits listed above, please submit the request using the steps below.

New Certification Request
1. Log into "Student Center" on CSUF Portal

Need help accessing your Student Center?

If you need help accessing your student center, please follow the link below for instructions.

2. Click on "Other Academic" Drop-down

From your Student Center, please click on the "other academic..." drop-down box.

3. Click on "Veterans Benefit"

From the "other academic..." drop-down box, please click "Veterans Benefit".

4. Click ">>" button to advance to next page

After selecting "Veterans Benefit", please click the light blue button with ">>" to advance to the next screen/page.

5. Click "Certification Request"

After reviewing the information on the Veterans Educational Benefits Certification Request page, please click on "Certification Request" button at the bottom of the page.

6. Select the term you want to certify for VA benefits

Step 1: Please click the "Term" drop-down

Step 2: Click the semester/term you want to certify for VA benefits

7. Complete "Benefit Information" for selected term

Please input your information following the steps below:

  1. Veterans Service Branch: Select your branch of service.
    1. For children/spouses of service members or veterans, select their branch of service.
  2. VA Education Benefit: Select the VA education benefit you want to use for the selected term.'"Select Cal Vet Fee Waiver"
    1. If you are using a Chapter Benefit and the Cal Vet Fee Waiver, please select the chapter benefit instead of the fee waiver for this system.
  3. Relationship to Veteran: Select your relationship to the veteran: "Self", "Dependent" (Child / Step-Child), "Spouse"
  4. Select all that apply: If you are still serving in the military, please click the type of service. If you are a veteran or a child/spouse, do not check any boxes.
  5. Questions / Instructions: This optional section can be used to enter any questions or specific instructions that you would like the VRC staff to review regarding this certification request.

NOTICE: For students using Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) only, please include your VA File Number on this page.

Your VA file number is typically the veteran's Social Security Number followed by a pay code. This pay code can be found after the last four digits on your Chapter 35 eligibility letter you received from the VA. If you need to find your VA file number, please call 888-442-4551.

8. Initiate Certification Request

Step 1: After selecting biographical information in Step 7, please click "Initiate Request" button.

NOTICE: THIS DOES NOT COMPLETE YOUR REQUEST, you must click "OK" in the pop-up to move on to Step 9 and select courses.

8a. Need to attach a file or document?

Step 1: Click "Attachments" from the Veterans Educational Benefits Certification Request Page

Step 2: Click "File Type" drop-down

Step 3:  Click "Add Attachment" button

Step 4a: Click "Choose File" and select the file from your computer you want to upload.

Step 4b: Click "Upload" button

Step 5: Click "OK" button

Step 6: Upload additional documents using steps 1 through 5 or Click "Return" button to go back to the certification request.

9. Click "Select Classes to Certify"

After initiating your request in Step 8, please click "Select Classes to Certify" at the bottom of the page.

10. Select Classes to Certify

After clicking the button to advance from Step 9, please follow the steps below:

  1. Check the acknowledgment box in the "Read and Acknowledge" Section
  2. Click the box on the left next to each class you want certified under your VA education benefits
    1. Note for wait-list courses: The system will allow you to select wait-listed courses, but we will not be able to certified those courses until you are officially enrolled. Once officially enrolled, please submit an updated certification request through this system.
  3. Click "Submit Request" button at the bottom center of the page.
11. Finalize Certification Request

Click "OK" button.

  • This completes your certification request. No further action is required unless you make changes to your schedule/courses after this submission.
  • Changes to your schedule that need to be reported via another request in the system include: dropping a course, withdrawing from a course, adding a course, or enrolling in a course from the wait-list. Please refer to the "Changes to Previous Certification Request" instructions.
Changes to Previous Certification Request (Changes in courses/schedule)

This section includes instructions for submitting a change to your enrollment (added course, added course from wait-list, dropped course, or withdraw from course).

1. Log into "Student Center" on CSUF Portal

Need help accessing your Student Center?

If you need help accessing your student center, please follow the link below for instructions.

2. Click on "Other Academic" Drop-down

From your Student Center, please click on the "other academic..." drop-down box.

3. Click on "Veterans Benefit"

From the "other academic..." drop-down box, please click "Veterans Benefit".

4. Click ">>" button to advance to next page

After selecting "Veterans Benefit", please click the light blue button with ">>" to advance to the next screen/page.

5. Click "Certification Request"

After reviewing the information on the Veterans Educational Benefits Certification Request page, please click on "Certification Request" button at the bottom of the page.

6. Select the term you want to certify for VA benefits

Step 1: Please click the "Term" drop-down

Step 2: Click the semester/term you want to certify for VA benefits

7. Click "OK"

Click "OK" button on the error message. This message notifies you that you already have a completed request for the term/semester you selected.

8. Click "Update Classes to Certify"

Click "Update Classes to Certify" button at the bottom of the page

9. Select Classes to Certify

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Check the acknowledgment box in the "Read and Acknowledge" Section
  2. Click the box on the left next to each class you want certified under your VA education benefits
    1. Note for wait-list courses: The system will allow you to select wait-listed courses, but we will not be able to certified those courses until you are officially enrolled. Once officially enrolled, please submit an updated certification request through this system.
  3. Click "Submit Request" button at the bottom center of the page.
10. Complete Request

In this section, you will have two different messages that could pop up based upon your selections on the previous page.

Option 1: Click "OK" - This completes your request. No further action required unless you make additional changes to your schedule/courses after this date.

Option 2: This message indicates you did not make any changes to your selections. If the course selection page has all courses checked that you want certified, no further action is required.