New Veteran & Military Student Checklist

Applying for admission 

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DEADLINE 6/1/2022

To apply for admission, contact: 

Mat Garrison

e: garrisonmj@cofc.edu

p: 843.953.5861

Submit ALL official transcripts from institutions you previously attended. DEADLINE 7/1/2022

NOTE: This includes official transcripts for military credit (JSTs and CCAF). Instructions for submission. 

After You have received your acceptance

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DUE ASAP

Change your status from "accepted" to "student" 

You must change your status from "accepted" to "student," and set up access to your permanent account. From this point on, you'll use this permanent account for all business you conduct with the College. 

Visit the "Take the Next Steps" webpage for detailed instructions on how to set up access to your permanent account. 

Apply for education benefits, tuition assistance or financial aid

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DUE ASAP

Veterans

Chapter 33 post-9/11 GI Bill - APPLY

  • Form 22-1990 - if you have never applied for GI Bill benefits. 
  • Form 22-1995 - if you have used your GI Bill benefits at another institution. 

Note: When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, please email it to financialaid@cofc.edu

Chapter 31 VA Vocational Rehab

If you are using Vocational Rehabilitation, your VR&E counselor will provide a 1905 form and a plan of service is developed to include education. This form is used in lieu of a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). 

AD, Guard or Reserve: Complete your tuition assistance request

When registered for courses, submit your TA Request for enrolled courses. 

When received, submit your approved semester-specific TA Request Authorization form (voucher) to the Treasurer's Office

Changes to Schedule (TA Only) 

Your voucher is course specific. Immediately notify the Treasurer's Office of any changes to your course schedule at 843.953.5572 or treasurer@cofc.edu

Credit Hour Changes (TA Only) 

The College of Charleston charges $522* per credit hour. Military Tuition Assistance will pay $250 per credit hour and the student will be responsible for the remaining balance. 

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Visit the Treasurer's Office website for the most up-to-date information.

File your FAFSA 

SUGGESTED - PRIORITY: MODERATE - DEADLINE 6/1/2022

This is not a step in using your VA education benefit, however many veteran students qualify for Pell Grants, which do not need to be repaid. File your FAFSA.

Set up your College of Charleston email account 

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DUE ASAP

Set up CofC Student email account

NOTE: You should have received an email through the personal email account that you used on your application to the College. In this email there will be a link, a new username and password, and instructions for setting up your permanent student account. Click on the link and log in to activate your permanent student account with a new username and password.

If you have not received an email with instructions on how to set up your permanent MyCharleston account, contact ITservicesdesk@cofc.edu or call 843.953.3375. 

Visit the "Take the Next Steps" webpage for detailed instructions on how to set up your College of Charleston email address. 

During your time at the College, you will use this email account for all college-related business. We recommend that you check this email account daily. 

Lawful Presence Verification (if notified)

REQUIRED IF NOTIFIED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DUE ASAP

Required for U.S. citizens who haven't submitted the FAFSA. You must verify lawful presence before being permitted to register for classes during orientation.

Register for orientation 

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - OPENS 3/10/2022 - DEADLINE 8/1/2022

Visit the Orientation website for the latest information about New Student Orientation. 

After you've registered for orientation 

Submit your immunization form (MANDATORY) 

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DEADLINE 5/15/2022

The College of Charleston requires three vaccines (given within the last 10 years):

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) 

View the steps for uploading immunization records

If you have questions, please contact Student Health Services at 843.953.5520 or healthservices@cofc.edu

NOTE: Must be submitted before you can register for classes.

Correct your state of residency classification (if applicable) 

REQUIRED IF NOTIFIED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DEADLINE 8/23/2022

NOTE: You will receive notification if your residency needs to be corrected. For additional information, visit the Legal Residency website. 

Parking permit perchase (if planning to park on campus)

SUGGESTED - SPACES GO FAST!

Prices listed on the parking services website.

Fall parking permits are valid beginning on the first day of class.

Submit a photo for your Cougar Card (student ID) 

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: MODERATE - DUE BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN

Visit the Cougar Card website for detailed information about how to submit your photo for your Cougar Card.

Pre-advising tasks 

Set up your CofC Zoom account and use it on your virtual orientation session date.

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: MODERATE - DUE BEFORE ORIENTATION

Directions

NOTE: If you will not be able to access the recommended technology on your assigned orientation date, please complete the Technology Assistance Request form so we can work on alternate plans. You will be contacted at your CofC email address in 5 business days from when you submitted the survey. 

Preparing for your advising appointment

SUGGESTED - PRIORITY: MODERATE

Visit the Academic Advising and Planning Center to learn more about how newly admitted students can prep for their first advising session. 

  • Review the General Education Degree Requirements
  • Review the "major roadmaps" for the majors that interest you. 
  • Review the course requirements for different majors in which you might be interested. 
  • View course descriptions and requirements in the Academic Catalog System
  • Make a list of potential courses you are interested in taking. 
Check your student email regarding any holds you might have

The orientation hold on your MyCharleston account is the one hold that should be there and will be removed on your assigned orientation date.

You can also view your holds in MyCharleston.

Complete Academic Advising OAKS module before your assigned advising session.

REQUIRED IF NOTIFIED

If you received an email adding you to an academic advising OAKS module, please complete it before your assigned session.

After registration

Submit your enrollment certification (Chapter 33 students only)

REQUIRED - PRIORITY: HIGH - DUE AFTER REGISTRATION

To be certified for VA Benefits through the College of Charleston VA Certifying Official, students must submit a VA Enrollment Certification form for each semester so that you may access your funds.

NOTE: The VA has a separate requirement that you verify your enrollment every month

Registration confirmation 

SUGGESTED

You will be able to see your confirmation on MyCharleston one week after you submitted your reservation form. Log onto my.cofc.edu, select the academic services tab, go to the orientation box and click on orientation registration confirmation.

Stay engaged with the veteran and military student community

Follow us on social media accounts for updates and information!

Facebook: @CofCVeteranMilitaryStudentServices

Instagram: @CofCMilitary

Twitter: @CofCVMSS