- Are all colleges of the DCCCD approved for the training of veterans?
Yes, but not all the Degree Plans and certificates are approved, please contact the appropriate Schools VA certifying official.
- Can I attend more than one school at time or in different semesters?
Yes, if they are credit classes going towards your approved program. Please inform your school's VA certifying official. If your classes are hosted or taught by a different school, the school hosting the class must certify these classes. This would entail a Parent Institute Letter and maybe some in house paperwork required by the individual schools. More information can also be found on the MVC Veterans Affairs website (see links below). There are guidelines on how many times this letter can be used, please contact your VA certifying official concerning this matter.
- Can I attend online and or distance learning classes? How do I get certified for these classes?
Yes, if they are credit classes going towards your approved program. Please inform your school's VA certifying official. If your classes are hosted or taught by a different school the school hosting the class must certify these classes. This would entail a Parent Institute Letter (P.I.L.) from your home school and maybe some in house paperwork required by the individual hosting school(s).
- Can I be certified for VA benefits if I am taking Developmental courses?
As long as there is a need for the student to be in the particular course or courses, then they are eligible for certification. However, if a student has taken college course, but wants to take a developmental course to “brush up”, this course would not be eligible for certification.
- Can I receive financial aid and GI Bill Benefits?
There is currently no restriction on getting both. However, when applying for Pell, there is a question regarding VA benefits. If you did receive them from the time frame asked, you want to make sure and put a $ amount in that section.
- Does any of the colleges of DCCCD participate in the VA work-study or the advanced pre-pay programs?
Eastfield and Cedar Valley currently do not offer the VA work-study program. Although they may have a work-study program, it is not related to the VA program that some of the other institutions might offer. The other DCCCD schools not listed offer both Financial Aid and VA Work-study programs. None of the collegs of DCCCDoffer Advance pay for VA.
- How can I get a copy of my discharge papers/ DD214?
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not maintain a record of Veterans military service, except as is necessary for providing benefits. For information about obtaining your military record, please visit the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Your questions may also be sent to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
If you have any questions regarding the above transcript information, please contact:
Military Evaluations Advisory ServicePhone: (202) 939-9470/Fax: (202) 775-8578Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgACE web site: http://www.acenet.edu
- How do I activate my VA benefits? As a transfer student, what do I do to activate my benefits? Continuing student?
To activate your VA benefits (First time)
All Students are required to submit the following forms:
• Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended.
• Official Degree Plan from the Admissions Office.
• DCCCD VA Data Sheet
• VA Satisfactory Academic Progress Sheet
• Paid Registration Summary Receipt (must be submitted every enrollment period)(Econnect)
Chapter 30, 1606/1607 Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Complete Paperwork with your Vocational Rehabilitation Case-worker
Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse - Service connected Death or 100% disabled
As a Transfer student
All Students are required to submit the following forms:• Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended. • Official Degree Plan from the Admissions Office.• DCCCD VA Data Sheet• VA Satisfactory Academic Progress Sheet• Paid Registration Summary Receipt (must be submitted every enrollment period)
Chapter 30, 1606/1607*
*1606/1607 Reservist - Please bring in your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) DD2384 from your Unit.
Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse
As a Continuing student:
All Students are required to submit the following forms for every term they desire benefits.
• Paid Registration Summary Receipt (eConnect)
- I have been off active duty for more than ten years. Are there any Veteran Benefits available to me?
Hazlewood Act is available for Texas citizens who lived in Texas at the time of enlistment and who have been Texas residents for the past twelve months. See your VA Representative in Richland's Financial Aid Office.
- If I get an "F" in a course, am I entitled to my benefits?
Only if you were certified for the course prior to the final grade and attended the class till the end. If you did not complete the attendance requirements till the end of the term, then VA will stop your benefits beginning the first day of the term. Although, if you send VA the reason you dropped or did not receive a grade, then VA will review your mitigating circumstances. Acceptable circumstances, which are beyond your control, will allow VA to pay you till the last day of attendance. You may not be eligible to be re-certified for this course.
If you have any questions regarding the GI Bill, or if you have a questions that was not included in the FAQ’s, please see the VA website at http://www.gibill.va.gov
- Monthly verifications a) Who is required to do verifications? b) How do I verify my enrollment? c) How long does it take to get my check after I verify enrollment?
A. MGIB - Active Duty (Ch 30) and Selected Reserve (Ch 1606)
B. Your enrollment can be verified on the last calendar day of the month by using our Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling our toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.
C. The quickest way to receive your payment is by using direct deposit. Your benefit can be deposited into your checking or savings account in 3 to 5 days. If you choose to have a check mailed (not recommended due to delays or losses which can occur), you can expect payment in 10-14 days.
- What if I get deployed in the middle of the semester? In regards to the GI Bill and Financial Aid benefits.
The most important thing to do is to contact your school's Veterans Office, Admissions, and Financial Aid (if applicable). Then advise them that you will need to leave because you are being called to active military service. Don't rely on the school's mail or computer system to get the notice of your termination to the Veteran's Office. Please hand carry the notice to them- they will appreciate your effort.
- What if I have used my benefits before at another school or if I want to change my field of study?
All Transfer students are required to submit the following forms.
• Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended. • Official Degree Plan from the Admissions Office.• DCCCD VA Data Sheet• VA Satisfactory Academic Progress Sheet• Paid Registration Summary Receipt (must be submitted every enrollment period) (Econnect)
Chapter 30, 1606/1607*
* 1606/1607 Reservist - Please bring in your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) DD2384 from your Unit.
Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse
Changing your Field of study (Degree Plan):
You need to submit a change request for benefits either a VA Form 1995, or a VA Form 5495. Please contact your school's VA certifying official, so they can better assist you in this process.
- What is the VA Work-Study program and who is eligible?
This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits who attends school three-quarter time or more (not offered at all colleges of the DCCCD). The student may work at the school veterans' office, VA Medical Facilities, the VA Regional Office, or at approved State employment offices. Work-study students are paid either the state or Federal minimum wage, whichever is greater. Note: Active Duty Military are not eligible for this program.
- Who are my points of contacts in the colleges of DCCCD VA Benefits? How can I get a hold of them?