Veterans Getting Started

Getting Started with Veteran Services

Getting started is a multi-step process. We're here to help you whether or not you plan to use VA benefits. 

In addition to Green River College’s Getting Started process, there is an additional process you need to complete to ensure the start of your enrollment, as a veteran/military-connected student, is as streamlined as possible.

Below is a step-by-step guide that will help you navigate that process after you apply for admission.

STEP 1: Complete the Military New Student Orientation

After you have been admitted, you will be notified to complete the Military New Student Orientation (MNSO).

Veteran/military-connected students will complete MNSO in lieu of the New Student Advising and Enrollment (NSAE) session.

Please review our MNSO page to learn more about what the orientation covers including expectations.


While you're waiting to complete your military orientation, start these steps as they apply to you:

STEP 2: Transfer Your Credits

If you have earned credit at other colleges or universities, and/or through the military, the VA requires that your prior credit be evaluated towards the degree or certificate you are pursuing here at Green River. You must request official transcripts from those institutions.

  • Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard transcripts can be requested here.
  • Air Force transcripts can be requested here.

Official transcripts must be sent to:

Green River College
Office of the Registrar
12401 SE 320th St
Auburn WA 98092-3622

Complete and submit a Transcript Evaluation Request form to the Office of the Registrar. Results of your evaluation will be posted on your student account in approximately four weeks.

Questions? Please contact the Office of the Registrar directly.

Office of the Registrar
SA-280 (2nd floor of Student Affairs and Success Center (SA) building)


STEP 3: Apply for VA Benefits

If you plan to use your VA benefit to pay for college, apply for your VA benefit if you have not done so already. (This can take the VA approximately 30 days to process.)

  • VA Education Benefits (Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement, Montgomery GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve, etc.), apply online here.
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35), apply online here.
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E), apply online here.

Questions about the different VA benefits? Please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs directly.

VA Education benefits (including Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance): 888-442-4551

VA Veterans Readiness and Employment: 800-827-1000


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

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Planning to use VA benefits to pay for college? Learn more on our Using VA Benefits page.

Using VA Benefits