Evergreen Valley College Veterans Freedom Center (VFC) is proud to provide a supportive learning environment where our vet students focus on academic success and guidance to achieve their academic goals.  

EVC Veteran students provide a community of support to fellow Veteran peers and a welcoming space. 

Evergreen Valley College welcome all military connected students and dependents to utilize the services of the VFC.

We provide a space for students to study, socialize, and hang-out with peers and access resources to enhance academic and personal success.

Tracie Marie
Vets infront of VFC

Thank you Veterans.

  • Our goal is to serve as the primary point of contact to assist with:
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits
  • VA Certification for VA payments
  • Veteran Counseling Services
  • Assistance with accessing campus/community resources
  • Provide Veteran Scholarship resources

Additionally we have on site:

  • Study lounge with computers and free printing
  • Textbook Lending Library
  • Veteran Events in the VFC 
  • Direct access to Veteran Counselors 
  • Assistance with accessing campus and community resources

Getting Started.

1. Apply to EVC

Apply online on the OpenCCC website, an online application system used by Evergreen Valley College and other California community colleges.  

Registration Instructions 
You can view the PDF instructions on how to register for classes through Self-Service here

You can view a YouTube video on how to register for classes through Self-Service here. 


2. New Veteran/Dependent Student Instructions

New Veteran or Dependent Students: Follow the Veterans Benefits Certification Instructions Form: New Students

Please use this form as a checklist to keep record of what you have completed to receive your Educational Benefits. 

For any questions please contact our office at evcvet@evc.edu

3. Returning & Continuing Veteran/Dependent Student Instructions

Returning* Veteran or Dependent Students:

Follow the Veterans Benefit Certification Instructions: Returning & Continuing Students

*You are considered a returning student if you have previously attended EVC and did not re-enroll for more than 2 consecutive semesters

Please use the form above as a checklist to keep record of what you have completed to receive your Educational Benefits. 

For any questions please contact our office at evcvet@evc.edu

Continuing Veteran or Dependent Students: 

Complete Class Certification Form each semester you are taking classes at EVC and submit it in accordance with your approved Education Plan to evcvet@evc.edu.

If there are any changes in your Class Certification Form, please contact our office as soon as possible.

Please note, the VA will not pay for any courses that are not approved on your Ed Plan. 

4. Educational Benefits

VA Chapter Benefits

Please note: 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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The GI Bill® Comparison Tool will help you make the most of your benefits

Forever GI Bill® - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act
Department of Veteran Affairs - Forever GI Bill®

CAL-VET: Students who qualify for CAL-VET benefits should contact the Financial Aid Office. Email: evcfa@evc.edu


  1. Unit Load to Qualify for GI Bill®: See table

Unit Load to Qualify for GI Bill®


Units for 16-week Session

Full-time  12 units  
3/4 time 9-11 units  
1/2 time 6-8 units  


5. FAQs

You can view our FAQ's by clicking here. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at evcvet@evc.edu with your full name and EVC student ID number. 

6. On-Campus Resources


Student Health & Wellness Services
Disability Support Programs (DSP)
  • The mission of the Disabilities Support Program (DSP) is to enable a diverse population of students with a broad spectrum of disabilities to participate in and access all aspects of the college community. The Disabilities Support Program is committed to accessibility for all students, and ensuring that EVC DSP ​students are fully integrated, productive and assertive participants in their own educational process. Please visit DSP for more information
Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS)
  • Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state funded program established to assist low income and academically disadvantaged California residents to be successful in college.
  • EOPS/CARE provides eligible students with support services such as early registration, personal and academic counseling, transfer assistance and may include grants and book assistance. Please visit EOPS for more information.      
  • CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments.  Please visit CalWORKs for more information.
Student Panty & Other Resources
  • The EVC student Panty & other resources (F.R.E.S.H Market, C.A.R.E Clothing closet) are available to current EVC students.  Please visit Student Pantry & Resources for more information. 
Degrees & Certificates
  • A list of EVC degrees and certificates with overview and course requirements. 
Campus Map

7. Off-Campus Resources


San Jose Veterans Center
  • San Jose Veterans Center provides the following services
  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
  • Family counseling for military related issues
  • Bereavement (grief) counseling
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Community outreach and education
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment referral
  • Referral of other VA services
Veterans Crisis Line
  • Veterans Crisis Line – The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline.
Getting Copy of DD-214
Education & Training
  • A listing of handouts and forms for educational and training programs

8. Minimum Unit Requirement

Please use the following flow chart to determine minimum unit requirement: 


Minimum Unit Requirement Flow Chart

Veterans Counselor Summer 2024 Schedule

Our Veterans Counselor is available for online or in-person appointments on the following dates and times for the Summer 2024 in August:

  • Tuesday Aug 1st   8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Monday Aug 5th   1pm-5pm
  • Tuesday Aug 6th   8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Friday Aug 16th    1pm-5pm 
  • Tuesday Aug 20th 8:30am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday Aug 21st 8:30am - 12:30pm

Please call 408-274-7900 extension 6789 or 6393 or email evcvet@evc.edu to make an appointment with the Veterans counselor or confirm their availability for the times and dates above. 


Office Hours

Please note: Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for 4th of July will reopen on Monday, July 8th. 

Summer 2024 Hours:

Mon-Thur: 8:30am-5:00pm
Fridays 9:00am-1:00pm 

Connect With Us

P:    408-274-7900 x 6369
E:    evcvet@evc.edu
A:    Gullo 2 G2-115, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd. San Jose, CA 95135

​Center Services 

  • Computer lab with free printing
  • Kitchenette with microwave
  • Student lounge area




Iriana Zavala Camacho

Program Specialist

Gullo II 110

Mike Osorio

Director, Student Services & Wellness


Rosa Vidales

Veterans Counselor

G2 111

Tiffani Lam

Admissions and Records Lead Coordinator/ VA Certifying Official

A&R 101

Tools & Resources

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