HOW TO APPLY FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
STEP 1: COMPLETE APPLICATION FOR BENEFITS.
Apply to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a formal determination of eligibility for GI Bill benefits. This is required of all Veterans and eligible family members and must be done if you believe you are eligible for GI Bill benefits.
You may submit your application on line at the GI Bill website or fill out and submit a hard copy application through our office (the on-line application system is quicker and may be accessed by selecting the “apply on-line” feature on the GI Bill website).
Please note: It can take up to 12 weeks for the VA to process an initial eligibility determination request and issue your certificate of eligibility. The VA will make no benefit payments until this process is complete.
Use VA Form 22-1990 to apply for:
- Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30-Prior Active Duty and Chapter 1606-Selected Reserves and National Guard)
- Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
- Reserve Education Assistance Program-REAP (Chapter 1607)
Use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for:
- Post 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement (Dependents only)
- Use VA Form 22-5490 to apply for:
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program-DEA (Chapter 35)
Use VA Form 28-1900 for:
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program Service – VR&E (Chapter 31)
Use www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call toll free at 1-800-827-1000 to apply for:
- VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistant Program)
STEP 2: COMPLETE R-CCC APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONS
STEP 3: SUBMIT ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO THE R-CCC ADMISSIONS OFFICE.
Prior to being certified for benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your High School/High School Equivalency Diploma and from any college/universities you’ve attended to the Admissions Office. To check to see if your transcript has been received, you may contact the Admissions Office at 252-862-1200.
STEP 4: REGISTER AND PAY FOR CLASSES.
Once you’ve registered and paid for classes, you need to submit a copy of your schedule to the VA Certifying Official located in the Office of Financial Aid in the Student Services Center, Suite 111I
Once this information has been received, the certifying official will submit your enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs. It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your information and for you to receive your first check.
Individuals who are attending R-CCC may be eligible for an advanced payment of their GI Bill for their first semester only. The deadline for submitting an advanced payment is 30 days prior to the start of classes. All VA paperwork and official transcripts must be received prior to this deadline in order for the advanced payment to be submitted. For more information, please contact the certifying official.
**Students receiving GI Bill benefits must submit a copy of their schedule for each semester they wish to be certified.
STEP 5: VERIFY ENROLLMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS UNDER CH. 30, CH. 1606, CH. 1607 AND VRAP.
Prior to receiving your check, you must verify your enrollment at the end of the month on a monthly basis. You should wait until the end of the first month of school to verify your enrollment for the first time
You can verify your enrollment by one of the following methods:
Call 1-877 VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) to verify by telephone.
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Important Things to Know about Using Your GI Bill at R-CCC
- You can only receive VA funds for approved curriculum programs.
- Most degree programs are approved by VA, but if you’re unsure, contact the VACO. Continuing education courses are not approved by VA.
- VA will only pay for courses in your major.
- This is why it’s important to register/get advice on what to register for from your advisor; VA will not pay for independent study, audited classes, or credit by exam.
- You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees up front as your enrollment certifications will not be processed by VA until after classes have begun.
- Unless you have other funds such as financial aid or tuition assistance, we will not be able to hold your schedule or make special arrangements for you. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to cover your tuition, fees, and book each semester.
- If you change your major, you must notify us and complete a Change of Program form. (See the VA Official for more details.)
- Any change in personal information (address, name, etc.) must be reported to the VA office if you wish for us to notify VA.
- Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive VA benefits. (See Catalog.)
- It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in your schedule – dropping a class, adding a class, withdrawing from a class(es), etc.
- If you withdraw from classes or don’t report changes when verifying your enrollment, you may owe back money to VA.
- Contact the VA Official before making changes to your schedule to double check or if you have any questions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Veterans Affairs Coordinator
Student Services Center, Suite 111-I
Phone: (252) 862-1246
Fax: (252) 862-1355
Email: sghoggard @roanokechowan.edu