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Rockingham Community College has been named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013! RCC is approved for Veterans Administration (VA) Educational Benefits. This page will provide information about receiving VA Educational Benefits at RCC as well as general information about our college. Check back for updates!
If you would like to learn about VA Educational Benefits at RCC, please visit the Financial Aid Office in the Whitcomb Student Center. Another great resource is the VA website found here. This website can help you find out what you might be eligible for and compare programs. For example, there are several "programs" or "chapters:"
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill: Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible. Some Vietnam Era veterans and certain veterans separated under special programs are also eligible.
Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill: Generally, any individual who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after 9/10/01. There are 7 levels of benefits (40% to 100%) tied to length of service.
Chapter 35 – Dependent's Educational Assistance: Some family members of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible for educational benefits.
Chapter 1606 – Selected Reserves: A program for certain reservist and National Guard members with a 6-year commitment (after 6/30/85).
Chapter 1607 – Post 9/11 Reserves: This program is for veterans who entered active duty for the first time after December 1, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, and contributed to a training fund.
VRAP – Veterans Retraining Assistance Program: Veterans approved for this program are entitled to 12 months of benefits and must be enrolled as a full time student in approved VRAP programs.
Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits. Although, Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) members have 15 years from their release date from active duty. Spouses have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children have from age 18 until age 26.
Once you decide in which chapter you should enroll, fill out the application for VA Education Benefits online. The application is called a VONAPP and you can access it here and by clicking on Apply for Benefits.
After you apply for VA Educational Benefits using the VONAPP, then you will need to apply for admissions at RCC. You can apply here. To be eligible for VA Educational Benefits, you must be enrolled in an approved program of study. Make sure you request transcripts from any colleges you have attended in the past. You will need to meet with an Admissions Counselor to get started and take some placement tests.
The next step is to meet with the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Financial Aid Office. You will need to fill out some paperwork including a Statement of Understanding. It is helpful if you can also bring in either a copy of your VONAPP or a Letter of Eligibility. Depending on your Chapter and program of study, the VA SCO may need the Member 4 copy of your DD214 or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). If you attended another college, complete the change of program form VA EDUCATION FORM 22-1995 or 5495.
Once you have been admitted as a student at RCC and have filled out your paperwork with the VA SCO, then you will need to register for classes. Each semester the VA SCO will need a copy of your Registration Form/Fee Statement (basically a receipt of the classes you enrolled in and your tuition and fees). It is the student's responsibility to notify the VA SCO of any changes in enrollment (dropping or adding classes) so that the VA can be kept up-to-date and you will not incur any debt with the VA or RCC. Remember, the college catalog includes the official program of study and the classes you will take to graduate. You may not receive VA Educational Benefits for classes outside of your program of study.
Here is a checklist you might find helpful to print out until you learn the process: VA Information Checklist.
Some students will have to verify their enrollment each month using WAVE [Web Automated Verification of Enrollment] system on the GI Bill website. WAVE is available 24 hours a day to Chapter 30 & 1606 students choosing to confirm their monthly enrollment via the internet. It has the same advantage as using the toll-free phone number, with additional benefits that include the ability to:
- Check the student benefit status
- Check the last payment issue date & monthly rate
- Submit a request to change the address on record if it is incorrect
- Review frequently asked questions
- Ask a question of your own if necessary
For additional information visit the VA site here.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
If you are not eligible for VA Education Benefits, you may qualify for a new program through the VA, called the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who are at least 35 years old, but no more than 60 years old, and are unemployed on the date of application. For more information on the VRAP program, click here.
You may also consider two other options for education funding. One option is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.gov. The application is available January 1st each year and you must fill out a new form each year.
The priority deadline is March 15th. The RCC school code is 002958. If you need help filling out the FAFSA, please contact Melanie Matthews at the Education Opportunity Center (Reidsville/Wentworth) at 336-344-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other option is to fill out a RCC Scholarship Application to be considered for a scholarship through our college. The application, like the FAFSA, is available in January each year. The deadline for the scholarship application is March 1st. Also, check your college-based email account for other outside scholarship opportunities that you may wish to consider.
You may also consider applying for Federal Veterans Tuition Assistance at www.goarmyed.com or contact your Unit Commander to find out more information about NC National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NC TAP). Let the VA SCO know if you apply for any additional programs as they may impact your VA Education Benefit.
As our enrollment of VA students grows, we hope to offer more services including clubs or activities as well as a space where students can go to learn more about campus visits, financial aid opportunities and other important information.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information: 336.342.4261, ext. 2000. Thank you for serving our country!