Steps to Join

St. Scholastica is committed to providing veteran-friendly programs and services to make college a smooth and successful experience. A home base for veterans, St. Scholastica's Veterans Resource Center fosters a sense of camaraderie and community among veterans, current and former military members, and their families. You'll find a variety of resources to help guide you from admission through your college career - and beyond. Here are few of the steps you will want to take to be sure you are ready to go when classes begin:

  1. Contact Jessica Johnston at jjohnsto@css.edu, 218-723-6645. She serves as the contact person for all veterans and military education benefits and student success, and she can assist you with the entry process and the below tasks. She will give you a welcome packet with valuable information about benefit processes at CSS and support resources for your success and access to the Veterans Resource Center.
  2. Research and confirm CSS at the best school for you and your academic pursuits.
  3. Research and apply for benefits. For assistance on this step, contact David Martin at 218-260-6558 or 218-723-4604 with the Minnesota VA. David is the Duluth/Superior expert on on military education benefits, and his job is to help veterans and their families attending CSS, among other schools, apply for and understand their benefits.
    • GI Bill®®®® and Dependent Education Assistance (DEA): Vets.gov to apply.
      • If you've used the benefit before, you need to submit a 22-1905 on vets.gov.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Reabilitation Counselor to apply.
    • State Tuition Reimbursement (Minnesota STR): Your education officer at your base to apply.
    • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA): Your education officer at your base to apply.
    • MN GI Bill®®®®: Contact David Martin to apply.
    • ROTC Scholarship: ROTC Captain to apply.
  4. Submit benefit paperwork to CSS.  
    • GI Bill®®®® and DEA: Submit Certificate of Eligibility to George Beattie gbeattie@css.edu.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation: Submit 1905 to ar@css.edu
    • FTA: Work with Jessica Johnston jjohnsto@css.edu on your degree plan.
  5. Take time to learn the details of your benefits. Benefits.va.gov is a great resource as is Jessica's Welcome Packet. A few areas to pay attention to: What it takes to be full-time, BAH amounts, payment guidelines, actions you need to take to maintain your benefits, and grades you need to earn.
  6. Complete the Veteran Information Form and carely fully read through the last section.
  7. Request official, sealed transcripts from previous accredited institutions, including your JST, which is available here, for those in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines. For those in the Air Force, submit your transcript from the Community College of the Air Force. Note: We follow American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and will assess for college credit to award.
  8. Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 002343.
  9. Register for classes. If you need to make changes after the term starts, contact George Beattie gbeattie@css.edu within two days of the changes.
  10. Like us on Facebook - "CSS Military Community."