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Five Steps for Veterans to Get Started At Pierce

Welcome! Thank you for choosing Pierce College to pursue your education.

Please follow these five steps to complete your admission/registration process. Please note the registration processes differ at Pierce College and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Pierce College at JBLM website for additional details.

Step 1: Application

You can apply for admissions online via Pierce College Admissions. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email with additional information.

Step 2: Pay for College

Even if you are receiving VA educational benefits, you may be eligible for additional financial aid. Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at the Financial Aid website.

Step 3: Assessment

Complete a placement assessment to determine the best English, math and reading classes for you. For more information, please visit the Pierce College Testing Center.

Step 4: Advising

Once they have completed the New Student Guide and submitted their intake form, students are ready to meet with an advisor. New students will be able to go over detailed information with an advisor about their academic and career goals, creating a personalized course map, and have an understanding of life balance while in college.

Step 5: Payment

After orientation, you will meet with your advisor and register for classes. Once you’ve registered, please contact the Veterans Services Office to have your benefits certified and submitted to the VA for payment. It is important that you pay your tuition and fees before the deadline. If you fail to do so, you will be dropped from your classes with no guarantee of getting the same schedule. Pierce College offers several payment options for paying for classes.