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Student and Academic Support Services and Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​Associate Degrees, Associate Degrees for Transfer​ and Certificates
Career Services
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Child Development Center
Community Services
Continuing Education Program
Cooperative Work Experience Education
Counseling Services
Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)
Distance Education
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
Financial Aid Services
First Year Support Center
Guardian Scholars
Hawk's Nest Food Pantry
High School and Community Outreach
Honors Program and Honors Courses
Language Lab
Math Success Center
Online Student Services
Pathways to Teaching Program
Public Affairs
Science Teaching and Resource Center
Scheduling Options and Definitions
Student Health and Wellness Services
Student support Services - TRiO
Supplemental Instruction
Transfer Success Center
Tutoring Services
Upward Bound Math and Science
Veterans Service Office
Writing C​​enter

Santiago Canyon College offers more than 170 majors or areas of emphasis leading to an associate degree or an associate degree for transfer. Additionally, the college offers more than 225 programs leading to a certificate of achievement, certificate of proficiency, certificate of competency, or certificate of completion.


The official Santiago Canyon College Hawk Campus Store offers a comprehensive selection of new, used, digital and rental textbooks, along with course materials, supplies and specialty items. For more information, visit the Hawk Campus Store in A-101, call (714) 628-4736 or


The CalWORKs program at Santiago Canyon College provides assistance to students who are receiving cash aid. CalWORKs students are provided specialized counseling and support services to help ensure their achievement of educational goals and career readiness. Services include counseling/case management, vocational training, job services, workshops, and student support services. For more information, call (714) 628-4915.

Career Services

Career Services assists currently enrolled students with career decision-making  and employment preparation. Services include career and employment preparation workshops, guest lecturers from industry, on- campus job fairs, and numerous career and job search resources. Enrolled students and alumni have access to Santiago Canyon College's Online Job Board College Central Network at For more information, visit Career Services in D-106 or call (714) 628-4805.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program that provides tailored programs and services to students from migrant and farm working backgrounds. The purpose of CAMP is to support students in making the best of their academic, career and educational goals.

After meeting eligibility requirements, CAMP students receive the following programs and services: academic and career counseling, study skills workshops, book vouchers, bus passes, internships, financial aid application support, laptop borrowing privileges, tutoring, peer mentoring, seminars and workshops for CAMP parents and families, family cultural activities and participation in the CAMPlanning Summer Bridge Program.

To learn more about CAMP contact us at (714) 628-5034, come by our office in A-212 or visit our website  at

Child Development Center

Santiago Canyon College operates the Child Development Center, which functions as the lab school for the Child Development and Education Department. The lab school provides practicum experience and hands- on learning to students seeking a career In early care and education of young children or a related field. Additionally, the Child Development Center provides comprehensive quality services to meet students' childcare needs. Services are available for children that are between two and five years of age. Fees are based on the California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division's sliding fee scale, which are based on family income. Students eligible for the CalWORKs program may also be eligible to receive free childcare services. Limited full cost childcare spaces are also available for college faculty, staff, and community members that do not meet the sliding fee scale income criteria. For more information and hours of operation phone (714) 628-4890.

Community Services

Community Services is a fee-based program that provides classes to the general public for educational, cultural, social and recreational purposes. Classes are not for credit, usually shorter in duration than credit classes, and do not require lengthy preparation or rigorous testing. Participants can choose from a variety of classes that include Creative Arts, Business and Careers, Computer Training, Dance, Health and Fitness, Language, Financial Management, Music, Real Estate, Special Interest and Travel Tours. In addition, academic and recreational College for Kids classes are offered each semester.

For more information call the Community Service office at (714) 628-4960.

Continuing Education Program

Santiago Canyon College Continuing Education Division provides noncredit courses and programs. Beyond providing  the means for an adult to take classes for a high school diploma, Continuing Education delivers pre-collegiate education in the areas of basic academic skills and English as a Second Language, citizenship, and short-term career technical programs. It also serves the needs of the disabled and adults with special needs, health and safety and older adults. A full range of personal, career and academic counseling services is available to students enrolled in continuing education classes. Classes are located at a number of educational centers throughout the community, to allow accessibility to match varying student needs. Specific information  regarding  admission  and registration policies, services available and description of the courses offered can   be found in the Continuing Education section of this Catalog. For more information, call (714) 628-5900.

Cooperative Work Experience Education

The Cooperative Work Experience Education program represents a joint educational venture between the student, the employer, and the college. The purpose of these courses is to provide eligible students with supervised on- the-job training as an integral part of the total college education program. This is accomplished through new learning experiences in an occupational setting. Students may earn up to four units per semester and a maximum total of 16 units in Cooperative Work Experience courses. Students must petition each time they wish to re-enroll. Further information will be found in the academic program of the catalog.

Counseling Services

Counseling services, (714) 628-4800, are provided by counseling faculty to assist students with successful completion of academic, career, and personal goals. Counseling services are organized under these major areas:

Academic Counseling

Counselors can help students select a program of study in relation to their educational objective to include associate degree, university transfer, and/or certificates, offer assistance in exploring life goals, and assist students with the development of a comprehensive student education plan. A comprehensive student education plan is a road map to help  you reach your educational goal. The customized plan will list the required courses that you will need and  helps plan out when to take the courses. Your education plan is designed and tailored to your specific needs, interests and goals.

Career Planning

Counselors can assist students in the development of their career goals and provide  information  that  will indicate the best preparation for reaching these goals. Students are encouraged to enroll in CNSL 116, a three-unit CSU/UC transferable Career/Life Planning & Personal Exploration course for optimal exposure to the world of work and career opportunities.

Assessment, Orientation, Advisement, and Follow-Up

The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 requires new students to participate in assessment, orientation, and advisement as part of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP). Through orientation and advisement, counseling faculty assist students with understanding placement test (assessment) results in math, reading and English or American College English, and how these courses fit into the development of their education plan. Counselors also provide academic and progress-probation intervention workshops for students not meeting required academic standards.

Personal Counseling

Counselors are available to students who need assistance with problems which may be affecting their academic progress. The emphasis is on short-term counseling focused around problem areas or concerns. When appropriate, students may be referred to other campus services for additional assistance.

Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS)

DSPS provides instructional support services and academic accommodations to students with verifiable disabilities attending SCC. Program services are designed to ensure that students have  an  equal  opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, all college programs, services, and activities. Students are responsible for requesting DSPS accommodations as early in the semester as possible or at least two weeks before they are needed. To have accommodations authorized, students must provide DSPS with disability verification and meet with a DSPS certificated professional for an evaluation of needs. The academic accommodations authorized for students are determined individually based on identified disability-related educational needs. Assessment for Learning Disabilities (LD) eligibility is available at no cost to  students experiencing academic difficulties that Interfere with their educational progress. Students can schedule  an  appointment by coming to the DSPS Office in E-105, by phoning (714) 628-4860 or by emailing DSPS@

Distance Education

Distance Education courses are formal credit courses that use one or more technologies to deliver instruction to students  who are separated from the instructor. Online courses are 100% online and hybrid courses have regularly scheduled on campus class meetings. All Distance Education courses at Santiago Canyon College ensure that there is regular and effective contact from the instructor to the student, from the student to the instructor, and from student to student. A variety of technologies and media are used for communication, assignments, and assessments. At a minimum, Distance Education students must have regular access to a computer with high speed internet access, word processing and presentation software, multimedia software (such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player), and any software or hardware listed in the course requirements in the class description.

Please check our Distance Education department website, at, for resources and to check to ensure that Distance Education courses are right for you.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program that provides specialized assistance to students who need additional support due to financial and educational challenges. EOPS provides comprehensive academic, career, and personal counseling. Additional services include summer success program, book services, priority registration, university transfer assistance, financial aid application assistance, and additional resources as needed.

EOPS also offers CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) to EOPS single parents receiving cash aid with children under the age of fourteen. CARE services are in addition to EOPS and may include additional book services, transportation assistance, and group support activities.

For more information regarding eligibility call (714) 628-4915

Financial Aid Services

Financial aid is available to qualified students to help meet the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and other educational materials. Students may also be eligible to have their enrollment fee waived. Financial aid staff are available to answer questions and help students through the financial aid process. You may contact us in-person in room E-104 or by phone (714) 628-4876 for more information. General information such as answers to frequently asked questions and hours of operation can be accessed online.

First Year Support Center

The First Year Support Center (FYSC) is dedicated to supporting new and continuing students in their academic and social transition at Santiago Canyon College. The center strives to provide college skill sets and awareness of campus resources, and to be able to integrate students into the college campus and community. Students will be provided with the following types of assistance: applying to the college, registration of classes, filling out financial aid documentation, student portal assistance, student success workshops, Dreamer resources, etc. For more information, visit the FYSC in E-307 or call (714) 628-5085.

Guardian Scholars

The SCC Guardian Scholars Program serves ambitious, college bound students who are current and former foster youth pursing a path within higher education. SCC Guardian Scholars' mission is to support the well-being and empowerment of students on their educational journeys to earning a Career Technical Certificate, Associate's Degree, and/or transfer to a university. We strive to provide a support system and network that is vitally needed for foster youth to ensure a positive college life, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Upon meeting eligibility requirements, Guardian Scholars receive the following support services: Priority registration, one- on-one academic advising, new-student orientation, financial aid, assistance finding on-campus jobs, bus passes, school supplies, textbook assistance, special activities, luncheons, mentoring, friendship and support.

To learn more about Guardian Scholars, contact us at (714) 628-4709, come by our office in A-206, or visit our website at Guardian Scholars

Hawk's Nest Food Pantry

The Hawk’s Nest Food Pantry supports all credit and noncredit SCC students’ academic potential, creativity, as well as their personal and professional growth by providing free and nutritious food for students and their families. Students are welcome to shop for free. The food pantry provides non-perishables and perishables, such as fresh produce. To find out when the food pantry is open, please visit: www.sccollege/foodpantry

Requirements to use the food pantry:
  1. Have a student ID number
  2. If possible, please bring a re-usable bag

High School and Community Outreach

The High School and Community Outreach Department provides detailed information regarding academic programs and student services that are offered at Santiago Canyon College to the local community. The Outreach Department services include: onsite placement testing, weekly high school visits, priority registration through the Early Welcome program, on-campus academic planning/registration sessions, and general oversight of the Summer Advantage program for graduating seniors from local high schools for each fall semester. For more information, call (714) 628-4808 or visit

Honors Program and Honors Courses

The SCC Honors Program is dedicated to providing an enriched learning environment for high academic achievers so that they may fulfill themselves personally and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed at the Associate degree or Baccalaureate degree level. The Honors Program encourages critical thinking, sound decision making, cultural awareness, and effective communication skills through instructional modes that foster independence and responsibility.

Requirements to enroll in an Honors class

Regularly admitted students who meet the course prerequisites may take an Honors class. Enrollment in an Honors class does not require membership in the Honors Program.

  1. First time freshmen need to bring  a high school transcript to the Counseling Department to receive a signed prerequisite clearance form prior to enrolling in an Honors class. Students who completed college work while in high school need to use the college GPA and units.
  2. Continuing College students need a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from all institutions attended. Transfer students will need college transcripts from all previous institutions as well as a signed prerequisite clearance form.
  3. Career Advanced Placement (CAP) students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in any college coursework and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school.

Requirements to join the Honors Program

Submit an Honors Program application and requested documentation to Admissions and Records during the fall or spring semester.

Applications are not accepted from students who are not currently enrolled. Application, procedures and deadlines are available on the Honors Program website:


  1. First time freshmen who graduated from high school with a minimum 3.0 GPA may join the program during their first semester at SCC. High School Proficiency cannot be used. Official high school transcripts are required.
  2. Qualification for English 101 as indicated by the SCC English placement test or a score of 3 or higher on the AP English test.
  3. May not be involved in or found at fault in any disciplinary action as outlined in the SCC catalog.
  4. Meet with Honors Program Counselor once per semester for Comprehensive Educational Plan prior to Pre-Selection of Honors courses.

Continuing College students:

  1. Students need a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in 6 or more units from all colleges attended.
  2. Qualification for ENGL 101 as indicated by the SCC English placement test or a score of 3 or higher on the AP English test.
  3. Have no grade lower than a "C" in any college level Honors class.
  4. Meet with Honors Program Counselor once per semester for Comprehensive Educational Plan prior to Pre-Selection of Honors courses.
  5. May not be involved in or found at fault in any disciplinary action as outlined in the SCC catalog.

Career Advanced Placement (CAP) students: Current high school CAP students are not eligible to join the Honors Program. GPA in college units completed while in high school could affect future ability to enroll in honors classes and the Honors Program.

Requirements to continue in the Honors Program

  1. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
  2. Earn grades of "C" or above in all Honors classes.
  3. Earn grades of "C" or above in all college level classes while in the program.
  4. Meet with Honors Program Counselor once per semester for Comprehensive Educational Plan prior to Pre-Selection of Honors courses.
  5. Complete English 101 during the first year in the Honors Program unless ENGL 101 has already been satisfied. (ENGL 101H is recommended)
  6. Remain free of any disciplinary action as outlined in the SCC catalog.

Requirements to complete the Honors Program

  1. Submit the Honors Program Completion Petition to Admissions and Records (E-100). The petition and deadlines are available on the Honors Program website:
  2. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all college units, including remedial and honors coursework.
  3. Complete Honors Program unit and residency requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 30 college units at Santiago Canyon College
  • Complete a minimum of 15 honors units with a minimum of 1 course from each category listed below within the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
  • 12 of the 15 units must be completed at Santiago Canyon College. 3 units may be completed at Santa Ana College
  • 12 of the 15 units must be completed after acceptance to the program

A single course may not meet more than one Honors Educational Category. In addition to the Honors Educational Category requirements (1-3), additional Honors units will be needed to fulfill the 15 unit requirement.

Honors Educational Category 1: English, Communication, Arts and Humanities

Honors Educational Category 2: Mathematics, Physical and Biological Sciences

Honors Educational Category 3: ​Social and Behavioral Sciences

See Honors Program website or Honors Program Counselor for course offerings.

4. Earn grades of "C" or above in all college units, including remedial and honors coursework, while in the program. Honors courses must be taken for letter grade (P/NP grades are excluded).

Disqualification from the Honors Program

Students with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 or who receive a "D" or "F" in an Honors class will be disqualified from the program.

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 anytime during their enrollment at SCC, or who receive a "D" or "F" in an Honors class will be disqualified from the Honors Program for the duration of their enrollment at SCC. Students may appeal disqualification from the Honors Program to the Honors Program Committee. Contact the Honors Program Counselor.

Students who earn a "D" or "F" in an Honors class may repeat the non-Honors version, but they will not be allowed to complete the Honors program.

President's Scholar

The President's Scholar designation is placed on the transcript and diploma of the graduate who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and completed the Honors Program. All letter  grades  must  be  "C" or better. Students with Academic Renewal Without Course Repetition are not eligible for President’s Scholar.​ Students may not receive the President's Scholar designation if an associate degree from Santiago Canyon College has already been granted. Students participating in graduation ceremonies will be presented with a medallion.

Completion of the Honors Program

The designation Honors Program Completion is placed on the transcript of students who complete all Honors Program requirements. It is also placed on the diploma of students who earn an associate degree.

Language Lab

Santiago Canyon College offers a state of the art language lab for students enrolled in Spanish, Italian, French and American Sign Language courses. Our main objective in the Language Lab is to provide students with a variety of Directed Learning Activities to supplement and complement classroom instruction and enhance their language learning experience. In addition, we provide a comfortable learning environment where students are able to access other resources such as interactive computer programs, audio, and video materials carefully arranged and selected for students' specific level to assist them in the development of their listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency skills.


The Santiago Canyon College Library collection contains over 50,000 books in print format and over 15,000 electronic books as well as DVDs and music CDs. Full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles are available through online databases. Remote access to most library resources is available through the Library website.

In addition, the Santiago Canyon College Library offers student computer work stations, laptop computers, a wireless network, group study rooms and an instruction lab. There are black/white and color copiers and printers, scanners, and a Self-Check-Out Center.

The Student Innovation Zone (SIZ) provides students with the opportunity to be creative in their academic work with PC, Apple computers and multimedia editing software.

Research assistance is available in-person and online.

The Library can be reached at (714) 628-5001 or online at

Math Success Center

The Math Study Hall (a.k.a. MaSH), located in U-80, is a service offered by SCC that provides students a chance to supplement learning done in the classroom. Math faculty, Instructional Assistants and tutors are on  duty to assist students with questions or concerns from their math class. Additionally, computers are available for students to access mathematical software or do work for an online math class. For further information including services or hours of operation, please visit

Online Student Services

The SCC Student Services website,, is designed to inform and assist students with counseling information, sample placement tests, and eAdvising. Students can also request transcripts, apply for financial aid, find scholarships, pay fees, purchase a parking pass, download forms for  most  programs  and services, view transfer workshops and presentations, research careers and find jobs and internships.

Pathways to Teaching Program

The Pathways to Teaching Program is designed to encourage and support students to pursue an education leading to the teaching profession. Services include academic counseling and transfer assistance, specialized workshops and events, appointments with university representatives, teacher preparation resource information, internships, volunteer opportunities and the SCC TEACH! student organization. For more information about the Pathways to Teaching Program, drop by on the Third floor of E building or call (714) 628-4928.

Public Affairs

Information and publicity regarding college programs and activities is disseminated to the news media and the community through the

Rancho Santiago Community College District Public Affairs office.

Science Teaching and Resource Center

The Science Teaching and Resource Center (STAR Center) is designed to help students in all science classes (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Physics) to succeed. The curriculum for the center includes: Question and Answer sessions, Directed Learning Activities (DLA) and Student-led study groups. All services provided through the STAR Center are geared towards engaging science students and enhancing their success.

Scheduling Options and Definitions

Santiago Canyon College schedules two 16- week semesters (fall and spring) with a summer session, and may offer a spring intersession schedule. Courses may be offered through different modalities such as traditional face-to-face or online. For more information about online learning or classes, see Distance Education page 26.

Term = a period of a time within an academic year when courses are scheduled (fall, spring, summer, spring intersession)

Semester = 16 weeks, scheduled every fall and spring

Summer Session = typically offered within a 4, 6 or 8 week period, can be scheduled after spring but before fall

Spring Intersession = typically offered in 4 weeks, can be scheduled after fall but before spring

In an effort to work with student schedules, Santiago Canyon College offers a variety of scheduling options during the fall and spring semesters:

Short Term  =  less  than  16  weeks,  can  be 8 weeks, 10 weeks or 12  weeks

Early Start / Late Start = 8 weeks, spans either the first 8-weeks or second 8-weeks

Weekend = offered Fridays, Saturdays, and/ or Sunday

Student Health and Wellness Services

Currently enrolled credit students who have paid their health fees are eligible for Student Health and Wellness Services (SHWS). Walk- in health services are routinely provided by registered nurses. Services of physicians and psychologists are available by appointment only.  All  services  are  provided without charge, except nominal fees for medications, laboratory tests and some medical procedures when supplies are used.

Emphasis is on health maintenance and wellness promotion. On-site health services include the diagnosis and treatment of acute short-term illnesses, pregnancy testing and Family PACT services, which include FREE hormone based contraception, emergency contraception, cervical cancer screening, STI testing, and condoms. in addition, SHWS offers first aid care, short-term mental health counseling, health maintenance and wellness promotion literature, as well as blood pressure screening, cholesterol monitoring, tobacco cessation counseling, tuberculin skin testing, community referrals, emergency care and accident insurance coverage for course-related injuries. Refer to the class schedule for Student Health and Wellness Service hours, or call (714) 628-4773.

Student Support Services – TRIO

Student Support Services – TRIO (SSS- TRIO) is a federally funded program that supports underserved first generation, low- income, neurodiverse students who test into developmental Math & English achieve their educational goals. The purpose of SSS-TRIO is to provide support and resources to enable students to overcome challenges and make use of their inherent talents and abilities to succeed in college and in life.

SSS-TRIO provides personalized academic and personal growth coaching,  one-on- one tutoring, holistic counseling, book loan services, calculator & laptop loan services, priority registration, Summer Bridge, placement test preparation, student success workshops, campus referral services, supplies, and additional resources for students.

To learn more about SSS-TRIO, please contact us at (714) 628-5033, visit us at A-104, or go to our website.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI offers regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions to all students enrolled in a targeted math or science course. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students work practice problems, review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for examinations. Students learn how to integrate course content with reasoning and study skills. Students attend SI sessions on a voluntary basis and no effort is made to segregate students based upon academic ability. Since SI is introduced on the first day of classes and is open to all students in the class, SI is not viewed as remedial. To learn more about the SI program, and to see  a list of courses offering SI, visit our website at

Transfer Success Center

The Transfer Success Center provides resources and services to assist students in researching, planning, and completing their transfer to a four-year college or university. The Transfer Success Center coordinates various events throughout the year, including tours of universities, university representative advising appointments, transfer fairs, and a variety of workshops to help students with each step in the transfer process. In addition, the Transfer Success Center provides many useful resources such as; assistance with applications, personal statement assistance, updates via social media and e-mail, computers for use in research and completing applications, a comprehensive website, and expert advice from trained specialists and counselors. For more information, stop by D-104-N, call (714) 628-4865, visit, and follow us @SCCTransfer on Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram.


Some classes may be conducted off campus. Unless students are specifically advised otherwise, students are responsible for arranging for their own transportation to and from the class site. Although the district may assist in coordinating the transportation and/or recommending travel times, routes or caravanning, be advised that the district assumes no liability or responsibility for the transportation, and any person driving a personal vehicle is NOT an agent of the district.

Tutoring Services

Tutorial services designed to maximize student learning potential are offered in person and online. Walk-in, individual, and small group tutoring in multiple subject areas is available for SCC students in the First Year Support Center, room E-303, and in the TRiO Instructional Support Center, room B-210. For online tutoring, visit

Upward Bound Math and Science

The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program aims to strengthen the math and science skills of participating high school students. UBMS' purpose is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and  science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. Santiago Canyon College's UBMS program serves students enrolled at El Modena High School and Orange High School. For more information, please contact us at (714) 628-5012, visit us at A-206, or go to our website at:

Veterans Service Office

Students interested in seeking Veterans Service Office (VSO) at Santiago Canyon College (SCC) should go to the Veterans Services Office (VSO) in room A-210.

 Veterans Services assists qualified veterans with support services such as, access to VA Educational Benefits, priority registration, educational counseling, and psychological services. The VSO also provides support to  the success of students with disabilities by providing resources and information that promote access, equal opportunity and empowerment. A knowledgeable office staff specializing in veterans' affairs is prepared  to assist students at SCC at (714) 628-4793. Rancho Santiago Community College District is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary training of veterans and eligible persons. Educational opportunities are available for college credit which include associate degrees, transfer degree programs, and  certificates.


Veterans who qualify to receive benefits under the Montgomery Bill-Active Duty (Ch. 30), Montgomery Bill-Selected Active Reserve (Ch. 1606), and eligible persons under the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Ch. 35) are encouraged to take advantage of their educational entitlement.

Veterans with a minimum of 90 days aggregate active service on or after 9/10/01 may be eligible for the post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch. 33). This program includes basic housing allowance (BAH), book stipend, and tuition/fees.

Veterans with a service-connected disability may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (Ch. 31) benefits. This program provides eligible veterans with a monthly allowance   as well as payment for tuition, most fees, and necessary books and supplies. For further information, applicants should seek further information regarding eligibility from the VA Regional Office, Los Angeles, 1-800-827-1000 or 1-888-442-4551 or by contacting the local Orange County Veterans Service Office, Santa Ana, (714) 480-6555.

Applying for Benefits

Each veteran and eligible person who are seeking to apply for VA  benefits,  must apply for these benefits by visiting the Veterans  Benefits  Administration  website at: In addition, any person who wishes to attend a college in the Rancho Santiago Community College District must follow the admissions procedures. See index for details on enrollment. A copy of discharge paper-DD214 is required of  all  new veterans and a copy of DD2384 of new Chapter 1606/1607 reservists who are using their educational benefits for the first  time.

Transcripts and Program Approval

VA regulations stipulate that prior credit must be evaluated. With this in mind, the VSO requests that all official transcripts be on file with the Admissions Office by the end of the first term of attendance. This will avoid any delays in payments and/or overpayments if applicable.

Students utilizing VA Educational Benefits  at SCC must select a major and each course approved prior to registering for each term. The VA requires that the VSO monitor progress towards a specific degree plan; therefore for VA certification purposes, students must enroll in courses that are part of their current educational plan specifically required for that major.

College counselors are available to provide comprehensive counseling services for day and evening students; call (71) 628-4800 to schedule an appointment with Santiago Canyon College Counseling Department. If you have attended previous school(s), official transcripts must be on file before a college program can be evaluated thoroughly by the counselors.

Military Credit

SCC will only evaluate credit from regionally accredited institutions. Three units for health education and one unit for kinesiology may be granted on the basis of military service. When a veteran petitions for graduation and needs these units for graduation purposes, Veterans should seek confirmation directly with the Graduation Office.

General Information

The VA will pay education benefits for eligible veterans and dependents of veterans. The payment will depend on a number of factors including but not limited to: benefit type, benefit eligibility percent, number of active certified units, training type, etc. See the VSO for more information.

Veterans and their eligible dependents or spouses must maintain good academic standings and progress with the college as outlined in the school catalog (see Academic and Progress Probation/Dismissal). Students
who fail to make academic progress will be placed on Academic Probation and/or Course Completion Probation accordingly. Students who are on probation for two consecutive terms after failing to demonstrate academic progress may lose priority registration and CCPG eligibility. Students who are on Academic and/or Progress Dismissal from the college cannot be certified for VA Educational Benefits. For further detailed information, please see the College Policies and Procedures section.

Writing Center

The primary purpose of the Santiago Canyon College Writing Center is to make our students better writers by helping them develop their skills, their confidence, and their voice. Students enrolled in our foundational/basic skills courses, English N60 and 061, visit the center once a week to practice and fortify the concepts they are learning in the classroom. Professors and Writing Center faculty work closely to coordinate their efforts and provide students with extended support for success. Students taking composition and literature may use the Writing Center's resources by enrolling in a 0.2 unit Writing Center course, English N91, which allows them to work with English faculty to improve their essays and strengthen their research skills. Finally, the Writing Center serves all disciplines by inviting students who are writing essays for classes such as philosophy, psychology, history, and child development to enroll in an Extended Strategies course, ENGL N92, for assistance from English professors. In addition to these services, the Writing Center hosts a series of 45-minute campus workshops each semester to help students brush up on their punctuation, grammar, and research techniques as well as strengthen their ability to approach reading assignments in content-area courses.

The SCC Writing Center is a beautiful, spacious student facility located on the second floor  of the Humanities Building. It is made up of two large classrooms/work areas, two break-out/ conference rooms, and a comfortable lobby. In addition to several round tables,  the center contains 56 student computers  and 2 printers. For more information, visit:

Staffed by English faculty, the Writing Center provides free, walk-in services for students seeking help with a variety of writing assignments, including essays for any class, college application personal statements, resume construction and development, and research strategies and documentation. The Writing Center also offers weekly workshops to review tricky grammar and punctuation rules as well as reading comprehension techniques for approaching difficult academic texts. Located in H-​​240, the center is typically open Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM. For more information, call (714) 628-4701.​​​