California leads the nation in the size of our veteran population. That number is expected to increase dramatically as more military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan complete their service. A college education has become an absolute necessity for veterans returning to civilian life, and community colleges provide the majority of this education, as most veterans are ineligible for direct admission to the University of California or the California State University systems.
The majority of these students enroll in a California community college. In 2010-11, more than 44,000 veterans utilized education benefits at a California community college. In addition, there are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 active duty personnel enrolled annually at community colleges across the state, not including dependents.
If you're not qualified for any VA or state education benefits, don't let that discourage you from enrolling in college. icanaffordcollege.com is a great tool to assist you in finding a way to further your education. Financial aid is available to cover enrollment fees and help with other costs such as books, supplies and even rent. Financial aid experts are located on all 112 campuses and are available to provide free one-on-one assistance.
You can also find contact information on the California Community College financial aid offices nearest to you. Depending on where you live, you might have received information for one office or for several. The information includes the name of the college, its physical address (in case you want visit them in person), its web site address, a direct telephone number for the financial aid office, as well as an email address that you can use if you want to ask your questions online.
CCCApply.org is your online gateway to the California Community Colleges. Each year nearly three million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning at one of the 112 Community Colleges in California.
Visit CCCApply.org today and begin your path to higher education!
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