Reach your academic and personal goals with the help of San Juan College’s Veteran Center. We’ll connect you to veteran services and groups so you thrive in the SJC community.
Empowering Veterans to Achieve Their Goals
We’re honored to serve those who have served our country. SJC is and always will be a military-friendly school, and we strive to make SJC a welcoming and inclusive community for all active-duty personnel and veterans. That’s why the Veteran Center works tirelessly to support you, your family, and fellow veterans to succeed on campus.
Our staff, all of whom are veterans, will make your transition from military to civilian life as smooth as possible. Get guidance in navigating your benefits or connecting with other veterans on campus. Let us help you achieve your goals and make the most out of your college experience.
How to Use Veterans Affairs Benefits at SJC
Follow the steps below to access your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and further your education. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions.
Apply for VA Education Benefits
Fill out the form from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and apply for the GI Bill® and any other VA education benefits. Please note that it takes up to 30 days to receive a qualification response.
Submit the SJC Veteran Student Form
By completing this online form, we can process and certify your courses with the VA. Be sure to have your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) ready to attach to the form.
Meet Your Advisor
Get ready to start or continue your SJC journey. Your advisor will ensure you stay on track and enroll in the courses you need to complete your program and meet all VA requirements.
Select the courses that fit your schedule and path toward graduation.
The VA will send you a notice confirming the certification of your classes.
Supporting Veterans From Day One
Resources for Veterans and Veteran Families
Military In-State Tuition Rate Request
Access less-expensive in-state tuition rates immediately. You can use your GI Education Benefit Bill to pay the “resident” rate at SJC. Save money as you pursue your education.
Military Tuition Assistance
If you are on active duty or a reservist, you may be eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance (TA). Connect with your duty station’s Education Officer regarding access to TA funds. For more information, contact Lisa Nash at (505) 566-3258.
Scholarships for Veterans
New Mexico offers scholarships for resident undergraduate and graduate students who are certified Military War and Vietnam Veterans. They cover tuition, fees, and book expenses.
Military Spouse and Family Benefits
We are committed to assisting veteran spouses and dependents with everything from class registration to accessing benefits. Learn more about aid opportunities and resources.
Did you know San Juan College awards more than $7 million in scholarships and financial aid each year? Find out how to help pay for college with our financial aid resources.
Veteran Center FAQs
Find answers to common questions and concerns. Whether you need guidance on navigating your benefits or ensuring a successful academic experience, we’ve got you covered.
2023-2024 Military Friendly® School
San Juan College again earned the distinction as one of the nation’s top Military Friendly® Schools. The prestigious list of schools sets the standard for higher education in providing the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.
As a Military Friendly® School, San Juan College Veteran Center provides veterans with transitional assistance to promote goal achievement through a quality educational experience necessary to become competitive, adaptable, and successful in an ever-changing civilian environment.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
Gain help accessing state and federal VA benefits right on SJC’s campus. The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) has a field office in our Veteran Center. The NMDVS office assists veterans and their families who live in San Juan, Rio Arriba, and McKinley counties with issues from property tax exemption/waivers to VA compensation. You do not need to be an SJC student to receive help.
The NMDVS provides help with the following:
- Common federal benefits
- State benefits
- Education resources
- Employment resources
- Housing and homelessness prevention resources
- Healthcare & behavioral health resources
- Other resources
Serving Veterans in Need
Every October, the Veteran Center assists with San Juan County Veteran Stand Down, which helps local veterans and community members facing homelessness. We help provide housing assistance, mental health services, and more. See how we support those who have served.
M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.