Veteran Services was founded in 2010, but has been certifying veteran benefits since June 22, 1944!
Veterans Services currently provides aid to 1,619 SFSU students: 721 student veterans and 891 dependents.
The SFSU Veterans Department offers both student veterans, and their dependents that also attend SFSU, support in seeking mental health services and navigating the application process for obtaining the G.I. Bill and other financial aid.
Location and how to contact the Veterans Services Department:
Phone Hours: Weekdays 0830 – 1700 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)
Location: Veteran's in-person office hours are currently unavailable. You may still contact our office during our updated phone hours or email us at [email protected]
Veteran's Office (SSB 303)
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
What kind of support services are offered to student veterans and their family members by the SFSU:
- The Veterans Corner: (This location is currently closed due to COVID-19 campus closures. Check website for updates on reopening schedule) A place to study, relax, has access to microwaves and refrigerator, drinks for sale, computers and printers. Located in room 153/155 in Burke Hall and open during the Fall and Spring Semesters 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday. Please call (415) 338-7702 for more information. https://veterans.sfsu.edu/content/vetssfsu
- V.E.T.S. (Veterans Education Transition & Support): This is a network of student veterans and veterans family members that get together to promote student life, hang out, and educate other students about veterans during different campus events. http://sfstate.orgsync.com/org/vets/home https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeteransSFSU/
- Mental Health Support can be found at http://psyservs.sfsu.edu for more information or visit them in SSB 208.
Calculate MHA Here (Monthly Housing Allowance, formerly known as BAH):
How to apply for the GI Bill and other funding:
The awesome people that work at the veterans services department will walk you through the whole process. Just begin by following these guidelines direct from the SFSU Veterans Services website:
1) Apply for admissions to SF State. For more information on requirements, go to www.sfsu.edu/future.
2) After your application has been received by SF State you will receive confirmation and be requested for transcripts from previous schools attended, military release records (DD-214), and military transcripts.
3) If you haven’t done so already, apply for your VA Educational benefits on ebenefits. A Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility will be sent to you after applying. Please provide our office with a copy.
4) If you are transferring your benefits from another school, you will need to file a VA form 22-1995 (veterans) or 22-5495 (dependents) with our office. Forms can be downloaded from under the “Benefits and Forms” section.
5) Complete your Intent to Enroll or Acceptance of Admissions online and sign-up for an orientation.
6) Fill out a Student Responsibility Agreement Form so that you can register for classes and defer payment of tuition until your VA benefits are processed.
7) Attend orientation and register for classes.
Want to know what a past SFSU Student Veteran has to say about their experience with Veterans Services?
Interview with ET3 Horsley, a past student veteran that has utilized the SFSU Veterans Services Department:
Would you recommend utilizing the Veterans Services department? Yes.
Did they help you fill out forms and answer questions when you were confused? Yes.
Were they friendly and welcoming? Very!
Did you feel like you had a place to go if you needed support? Yes.
Do you have any suggestions to how your experience could have been better or you would have felt more supported? Not really. I was pretty happy and grateful for their help.
Did you find anything that they did extraordinary or most helpful? Yes, I really liked that I had one representative that I could reach out to with questions or concerns throughout all four years. Sometimes when you email people/departments at SFSU you get the run-around, however, I always had direct contact with Rogelio and he was always quick to respond and helpful. If there were ever any issues with getting my GI Bill or BAH, he always took care of it for me and made sure I got what I needed. It made everything so much less stressful. Also, when my wife began attending SFSU, they even offered her all the same support should she need it.
Link to other commonly asked questions:
Counseling & Psychological Services
Mind & Body Health Resources
Thank you for your service and best of luck in your future endeavors!