6 Steps for Veteran Students

A veteran watches a TV monitor displaying an American flag during a Veterans Day event in the Student Center.Download the Kellogg Community College Veteran’s Checklist, pictured on the left-hand side of this page.

Below is a veteran-specific version of Kellogg Community College’s 6 Steps for New Students, including resources and information tailored for KCC student veterans and student soldiers.

Step 1: Apply

Apply to KCC

At Kellogg Community College your first step as a new student is to submit an admissions application. All students registered for credit course work must complete an application for admission and return it to Records and Registration in the Student Center or to the main office at the Grahl, Fehsenfeld or Eastern Academic centers.

Once your admissions application has been processed, you will have access to the KCC Web Portal. From the Portal, you can access:

  • KCC email account
  • KRIS (Kellogg Registration Information System)
  • Online learning tools
  • Portal Password Management

Your login to the Portal will be provided in your KCC admissions letter.

Admissions Contact Information

Apply for Veterans’ Administration Educational Benefits

Complete the Application for VA Education Benefits (VONAPP). When the application process is completed, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility to qualified individuals. The certificate will contain basic eligibility information including months of entitlement, period of eligibility and benefit level.

VetSuccess on Campus Contact Information
VetSucess Counselor

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Visit www.kellogg.edu/admissions/financial-aid for eligibility requirements and information on grants, scholarships, student loans, work-study and veterans benefits.

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at least two months prior to the semester you plan to begin attending KCC. This will provide sufficient processing time for financial aid awarding.

  • Once KCC receives your information, you will receive a letter in the mail. This letter will give you directions on how to access your KCC email account that has been set up for you.
  • An email will be sent to your KCC email account requesting documentation. This email will provide links to the documents that are required.
  • Once you have turned in all of the documents we have requested, your file will be reviewed for awarding purposes.

Your KCC email account is where you will receive a communications form the Financial Aid office. It is your responsibility to periodically review financial aid information via the KCC Portal and watch for emails providing information that is important to you.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Financial Aid office at 269-965-4123 or finaid@kellogg.edu.

Step 2: Orientation

KCC Orientation

All first-time KCC students pursuing a degree or certificate are required to complete an orientation. You may complete an online orientation or attend a new student orientation session on the Battle Creek campus. Register for a new student orientation session at www.kellogg.edu/admissions/orientation or by calling 269-965-4153.

The one-stop orientation includes COMPASS testing, academic advising, registration for classes and payment processing.

VA Orientation

All first-time veteran KCC students are encouraged to attend a VA Orientation. During this orientation, you will be provided with information regarding the processing of your veterans educational benefits. We will discuss acceptable programs of study, satisfactory academic progress and other valuable information, including your responsibilities in this process.

Contact the Financial Aid office at 269-965-4123 or finaid@kellogg.edu to schedule this orientation.

Step 3: Evaluate Transcripts

You may be given college credit for some of your military training. Submit your DD214 and any relevant military transcripts for evaluation. These transcripts need to be turned in to Records and Registration in the Student Center.

If you do not have a DD214, you can obtain a certified copy from your local County Records office or commission office if you previously had it recorded. If not, to obtain a copy of your military record, you can make an electronic request at www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records.

As of March 1, 2013, the AARTS, SMART and Coast Guard Institute Transcript have transitioned to the Joint Services Transcript (JST). The JST is a uniform transcript of all military training and experiences to service members of all branches. This new electronic transcript service includes officer and warrant officer training, joint military training conducted by other services and DANTES funded test scores.

Request official military transcripts to be mailed to KCC and download an unofficial copy for yourself or request an additional copy be sent to your home address for your personal records.

Step 4: Take the Skills Assessment (COMPASS)

COMPASS is a computer adaptive placement test that measures skills in reading, writing and mathematics. COMPASS scores are a prerequisite for many KCC courses. ACT English and reading scores may be used for placement instead of the COMPASS writing skills and reading components.

  • Students pursuing a degree or certificate are required to complete assessment testing prior to meeting with an Academic Advisor to schedule classes.
  • You must have applied for admission to KCC in order to take the assessment test. Bring a photo ID and social security number with you to test.
  • You should allow at least two hours for three basic skills assessments.
  • No personal items, such as purses or cell phones, will be allowed in the testing area. Lockers are available on campus.

COMPASS testing at the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek is done on a walk-in basis. You may begin testing at any time during the following hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays
  • 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays

Testing and Assessment Contact Information

Step 5: Academic Advising

Academic advisors help students attain their educational goals by providing information, encouragement and tools necessary to navigate the registration process. Students are expected to play an active role in their educational journey; advisors will rely on an educational plan and/or transfer guide to empower students to become self-directed learners.

Academic advisors help students:

  • Interpret COMPASS assessment scores
  • Obtain information about academic programs at KCC
  • Select appropriate courses
  • Understand graduation requirements
  • Navigate the transfer process
  • Understand how to read and interpret an educational plan as a tool to select courses
  • Identify and access career resources
  • Seek appropriate college resources

Advising services are offered on the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek and on designated days at the Eastern Academic, Fehsenfeld and Grahl centers.

Remember to disclose to your advisor any disability that may affect your performance. If you have not already supplied Support Services with documentation of the disability, do so at this time. You will be mailed a copy of the Instructor Notification each semester, which is provided to your instructor(s) outlining appropriate accommodations.

Additional advising resources, including transfer guides, are available at www.kellogg.edu/services/academic-advising.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Step 6: Register and Pay for Classes

Now that you have completed the first five steps as a new student, you may register for classes and complete the payment process.

  • Establish residency (see the KCC Academic Catalog for acceptable documentation for establishing and proving your residency).
  • Registration is available through the Bruin Portal Login.
  • You may register in person (photo ID required) at any of KCC’s campuses. Contact the specific campus for in-person registration hours.

Payment Information

Students (including those with awarded financial aid) have two payment options:

  • Payment in full when registering for classes
  • Enrollment in the FACTS payment plan

After registering for classes you have 24 hours to pay in full or enroll in the FACTS payment plan. Failure to pay in full or enroll in FACTS will result in your classes being dropped.

Veterans who are eligible for Chapter 33 and 31 are not required to sign up with the payment plan providing they turn in all of their information to the VA Certifying Official within 24 hours of enrollment. You must submit your schedule to KCC’s VA Certifying Official each semester that you wish to be certified.

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