Veterans Resource Center
Downtown Campus, Room E304 Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
South Campus, Room B512 (Building B) Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lee Williams, Military Veterans Advisor Phone: 253.680.7188
Andy Hall, VA Certifying Official Phone: 253.680.7035
Elmer "Top" Hill, VetCorps Navigator Phone: 253.680.7556
If you're using your VA educational benefits at Bates, we can help. Bates is a participant of Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35; Post 9/11 GI Bill®; Montgomery GI Bill® -Active Duty; Vocational Rehabilitation; and Veteran's Innovation Program.
To apply for benefits, go to www.gibill.va.gov and click 'Apply for Benefits.' You'll need to provide Bates' VA Certifying Official with the following documentation:
- Copy of your online VA application
- Letter of Eligibility from VA
- College Transcripts
- COMPASS scores
We also recommend that you apply for financial aid.
- Bates Technical College VA Students Handbook (PDF)
- AMVETS - For assistance with completing the VA application, contact AMVETS at 253.472.2559 or amvetswa.org. They are located at 5717 S. Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98409.
- The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB, Ch. 30 and Ch. 1606) - Enlisted individuals on or after July 1, 1985 may use the Montgomery GI Bill. The monthly benefit is based the type of training and length of service.
- Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31) - To apply for vocational rehabilitation benefits (Ch. 31).
- Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch. 33) - Learn more here.
Selected programs of study at Bates Technical College are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.