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Military Veteran Student Checklist

  1. If you haven't already, you'll need to apply to RRCC to activate your student account:

  2. If you haven't used benefits before, you'll need to apply with the VA to use your benefits at RRCC:
    Take a screenshot of the confirmation number. You’ll need it for the Request for VA Certification.

  3. Completing the online orientation for RRCC

  4. Apply for the College Opportunity Fund through the state of Colorado

  5. Authorize COF on the Rock  by going to the "Student Account" tab and "Authorize COF for this term" (You must sign into the Rock for this link to work.)

  6. (Optional, but recommended) Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at  FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid.This form determines your eligibility for Federal Student Aid and Pell Grants. The RRCC School Code for this application is 009543. You are able to collect Financial Aid, Pell Grants and VA education benefits at the same time.

  7. (Optional, but recommended) Check out RRCC's Scholarship Foundation.

  8. Sending your official transcripts from the military directly to the school (not to yourself first). This is so we can award credit where available, and so we can confirm that you haven’t already completed the equivalence of the training you’re interested in while in the service. VA benefits will not cover training that you have already completed in the past, but they will cover the costs to take more advanced training:

    1. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard visit JST HOMEPAGE

    2. Air Force visit

  9. Sending your official college transcripts from your previous school(s) to:
    Student Records, Box 8
    Red Rocks Community College
    13300 W 6th Ave
    Lakewood, CO 80228-1255

  10. Taking needed placement tests (if needed for your program):

    1. Study for free: and use the Next Generation version

    2. Test for free: bring your photo ID and your S# (student number) to one of our Assessment Centers. Tests are un-timed and given on a walk-in basis. Please contact if you need an out-of-state testing location.

  11. Register for classes on the Rock: and click on the words "the Rock". (At this point in the semester, you'll only be able to register "by permission", so you'll need to speak with an Academic/Pathways Advisor to get signed up for classes)

  12. Once you register for courses, please follow the below instructions for submitting your certification request. You will no longer have to alert us to schedule changes. The form will not allow you to submit a request more than once per semester. We will automatically be notified of changes, but email us if you make a change and don't receive the new email from the VA's system showing the update within two weeks.

    To request your course(s) be certified with VA:

    1. Log into the Rock and navigate to the Military Benefits section on the left menu bar. *If you are requesting certification for a previous semester, please email
      Image of dashboard
    2. Complete the CR form. The benefit specific questions will appear once you chooses your benefit type. Both Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 are open to request.
    3. Track the status of your CR form under the 'Submitted Certification Request' section. Once it is listed as Approved, keep an eye on the Notifications section and your student email. We will notify you of any problems or when the certifications are submitted to VA.

    CR Status Key
    Pending = Not Processed
    Approved = Form processed, classes under review
    Rejected = Form needs to be resubmitted
    Closed = Student requested to not be certified
    Need Briefing = Student needs to attend mandatory briefing
    Need VA Doc = Student needs to upload doc

    Image of VA Certification Request form

Please be sure to check your student email account frequently, as the student email account is the primary means of communication from the school to you. If there are any issues with processing your GI Bill®, you will receive an email from the Veteran Services office. To ensure prompt and accurate payment of your GI Bill® benefits, you must regularly check the student email account. Below is information on how to forward your student email account to an email account you already check regularly.

Additional Checklist Items

Activate Your Student Email Account

This is the way the school keeps in contact with you, it is important to activate your email account as soon as possible.

Step 1. Log in to the “The Rock” to access your Student Email by clicking on the envelope icon at the upper right.

Step 2. Click the icon (gray torso) on upper right to receive your email address. (

Step 3. To forward your emails to a mobile device do the following:

  1. Click on the SETTINGS (the gear) icon.
  2. Below on the right side of page click on MAIL.
  3. On the left side of page under ACCOUNT, click FORWARDING.
  4. At the top of the page click the button marked START FORWARDING.
  5. Type in your personal email address in the window provided. (@gmail, @yahoo, etc.)
  6. If you want copies of your email saved in your accounts, check the box - Keep a copy of forwarded messages.
  7. Click on SAVE. 
  8. If you receive an email from your RRCC account and need to reply to it, log into The Rock and reply from there.

Get Your Student ID

  • Bring your printed schedule to the Student Life Desk at the Lakewood campus for verification of registration. Student Life hours are Mon.-Fri. 0900-1900.

Buy/Rent your Text Books

  • Bring your printed schedule for help finding your books in the bookstore or visit

Accessibility Services (If needed)

The role of Accessibility Services is to remove barriers for students with disabilities by providing support and accommodations. Disabilities can be physical, psychological, developmental, related to learning or health-related.

        To schedule an intake appointment:

ROTC (if needed)

Veteran Services does not manage the ROTC classes. These classes are listed in the RRCC schedule under Army ROTC. If you are a student interested in more information about that program, please contact the liaison for all of the schools in our area:

Meggan Foster, AROTC University Liaison at University of Colorado Boulder


RRCC Veteran Services Contact Information

Lakewood Campus (Rm 1005)
13300 W. 6th Ave.
(Box 25)
Lakewood, CO 80228

*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