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TCC Veterans Services 

TCC honors the men and women who have served our country. We offer our veterans excellent educational programs and training for the next step in life. TCC has been recognized as a Military Friendly® college since 2009, and has been awarded the designation again for 2018. 

Tacoma Community College does not engage in fraudulent and aggressive recruitment of military students, but not limited to, providing compensation to individuals for securing military enrollments or engaging in high-pressure recruitment tactics.

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How to Get Started

Here are the steps you need to take to enroll at TCC and get your veterans benefits.

Chapter 35/ Survivor and Dependent Benefits

Tuition Waiver Information 

The college only awards tuition waivers to Chapter 35 beneficiaries (dependents, spouses and surviving dependents and spouses of disabled or deceased veterans). The specific guidelines recently enacted into law by the State of Washington authorize the tuition waivers for these categories of survivors and dependents:

  • The child or spouse of a veteran who served in active federal service and said veteran became totally disabled while engaged in active federal military or naval service, and has no earned income,
    • OR who is determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action,
    • OR who lost his or her life while engaged in active federal military or naval service;
  • AND if discharged, received an honorable discharge;
  • AND is a Washington resident

TCC does not offer tuition waivers to veterans receiving Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 or 1607 benefits. Please note the new Post 9-11 GI Bill does include payment of some or all of the tuition based on the number of months served on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Read more about the tuition waiver law

Chapter 33/ GI Bill Benefits

The GI Bill helps Veterans pursue their academic goals by covering college, graduate school, and training program fees. Veterans have the option to utilize their own benefit for school or transfer their benefits to a spouse or dependent.

General information about the GI Bill

GI Bill Comparison Tool


Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)

The Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) can help Veterans who have served at least 2 years on Active Duty pay for their education and training program. 

Montgomery GI Bill (Active)

Montgomery GI Bill (Reserve)

The Montgomery GI Bill (Reserve) can help Veterans obtain 36 months of education and training benefits. 

Montgomery GI Bill (Reserve)

Chapter 31/ Voc-Rehab Benefits

The Voc-Rehab benefits are for Veterans that a VA service-connected disability rating of at least 20 percent with an employment handicap, or rated 10 percent with a serious employment handicap, and be discharged or released from military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Veterans who are eligible for both Voc-Rehab services and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits may elect a special subsistence allowance that is based on the monthly basic allowance for housing paid to active duty military. The monthly amount varies depending on the ZIP code of the training facility and is usually greater than the following regular subsistence allowance rates that are available to Veterans with no Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility who are using VR&E benefits. Active-duty Service-Members are not eligible for subsistence allowance until after release from active duty.

General information about the Voc-Rehab

Veterans utilizing Voc-Rehab must apply for their Chapter 31 benefit

If the your Chapter 31 application is accepted, the VA will assign you a Chapter 31 counselor who will go over your career/employment goals and required training. When your academic/training curriculum has been approved, please ensure your counselor sends us a copy of your approval letter. 

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Point of Contact

TCC Veterans Services can help you enroll, secure financial assistance and get the most out of your time on campus. For information and assistance, please contact our staff directly.

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