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Veterans Benefits FAQ - Central Virginia Community College


Frequently Asked Questions



What will the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act do for me?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • Some of the benefits the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay include:

  • Your full tuition & fees directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition & fees are capped at the national maximum rate. Click here for more information.

  • For those attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident out-of-state student, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”. (Click on the link for more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, not everyone is eligible for the program).

  • A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents

  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

  • This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

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How do I start using my Post 9/11 benefits?

Apply for your benefits by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. Select a school you would like to attend and make sure it is approved for veterans benefits. Once you have been admitted to the school, talk to a counselor and select a degree program. Register only for courses required under your degree program. Request transcripts from all previous educational institutions and your military transcript and have them evaluated for possible credit toward your degree. This is a DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) requirement.

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Am I eligible to transfer my Post 9/11 benefits to my spouse or children?

Any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and meets the requirements below, may transfer benefits:

1.  Has at least 6 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval and agrees to serve 4 additional years in the Armed Forces from the date of election.

2.  Has at least 10 years of service in the Armed Forces (active duty and/or Selected Reserve) on the date of approval, is precluded by either standard policy (service or DoD) or statute from commtting to 4 additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute.

3.  Is or becomes retirement eligible during the period from August 1, 2009, through July 31, 2012, and agrees to serve an additional period of service.


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What will the Montgomery GI Bill do for me?

The Montgomery GI Bill will provide you with a monthly educational allowance to help you pay for your education. The monthly benefit amount depends upon the number of credits you take each term, the length of each course, and the length of your initial enlistment. During a standard 16-week semester, 12 semester hours or more is considered full time. Please access the following website for current pay rates www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm.) If you are eligible for the College Fund, you will receive additional monies. You may be eligible for 36 months of full-time educational benefits, provided you completed your initial obligation with an honorable discharge. Benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

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How do I start using my Montgomery GI Bill?

Apply for your benefits by completing VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. Select a school you would like to attend and make sure it is approved for veterans benefits. Once you have been admitted to the school, talk to a counselor and select a degree program. Register only for courses required under your degree program. Request transcripts from all previous educational institutions and your military transcript and have them evaluated for possible credit toward your degree. This is a DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) requirement.

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How does the Department of Veterans Affairs know to pay me?

The campus Veterans Coordinator will certify your enrollment. The DVA will process your claim and send a payment directly to the bank account designated by you.

Students who receive either the MGIB or Selected Reserve MUST verify their enrollment each month to receive payments. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system or by using an automated telephone system (1-877-823-2378).

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When will I receive my first payment? How do I find out the status of my payments?

New applicants should allow 8-12 weeks from the date your application for benefits and your certification of enrollment was processed by the college to receive your first payment. You will be paid retroactively from the first day of class. Once you receive your first payment, subsequent payments are deposited the first week of the month.

Students may inquire about the status of a pending claim through the Support/Submit a Question website https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask
Students may also call 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI Bill-1).

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Must I attend school full-time to receive my benefits?

No. You may take as many or as few courses as you feel you can comfortably manage. Your monthly payment will be determined by the number of semester hours in which you are enrolled and the length of your courses. For instance, if you are a full-time student taking 12 or more semester hours, you will receive full-time benefits for each month you continue with this training time. If you are a part-time student taking less than 12 semester hours, your monthly benefit checks will be reduced accordingly. You must be enrolled half-time or more in order to receive a monthly payment from the DVA. If you are enrolled for less than half-time, or if you are on active duty, you will receive a lump sum payment of tuition cost or the amount of your monthly benefits, whichever is less. Exception: Chapter 33 pay is different.

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Will I automatically receive benefits next semester?

No. Students must submit a Notification of Veterans Student Status form at the start of each semester. The Veterans Coordinator will review your program of study and certify the courses you are enrolled in are required to complete your degree program. Certification of Enrollment will then be sent to the Processing Office.

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What happens if I withdraw from a course? What if I fail a course?

If you withdraw from a course the DVA may require you to repay the money for this course unless you withdrew due to reasons beyond your control. If the DVA accepts your reason for withdrawing as being beyond your control, you will be paid through the last day of attendance. If this is the first instance you withdrew, the DVA may consider mitigating circumstances exist without explanation from you for withdrawing from a course or courses totaling not more than 6 semester hours. Note: You must report any changes in your class schedule to your Veterans Coordinator to avoid overpayment of your educational benefits.

If you fail a course and the course is required for graduation, the DVA will pay you to repeat it and they will not recover the money they already paid you for the course you failed. However, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress as measured by your cumulative grade point average and the number of credits you have attempted. If your progress becomes unsatisfactory, your benefits will be suspended until you regain satisfactory progress for your degree program.

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Can I enroll in any course I want?

No. Once you are placed into a program, you can only take classes that are required under that program; DVA will not pay for a course that cannot be used in your degree program. Also, DVA will not pay for a course you have already taken and successfully completed.

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Can I change my degree program?

Yes. The DVA allows you to make a plan change. You will need to select a new program of study, have all your previous credits evaluated and complete Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA form 22-1995) on-line at Veteran Affairs On-Line Application.

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What if I am called to active duty?

Once you have received orders, you have the following options:   

  • Drop all classes and 100% of the tuition and fees will be refunded. 
  • Withdraw from all classes and receive a "W" grade.  Please note there will be no refund of tuition and fees.
  • Make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade.
  • Complete the work upon return from active duty and convert the incomplete grade to a letter grade.  Please note failure to complete the work will result in a failing grade.

Please note your decision may impact any tuition assistance or financial aid you may have through state and federal programs.  Please consult with the Veterans Coordinator and the financial aid office as soon as possible.

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What about transcript requests?

Submit official transcripts for evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Records, including your DD-214, and transcripts from prior colleges and military service schools. The DVA requires an evaluation of your military training/experience and all prior college credits. All transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by the end of your second semester; otherwise DVA will stop your benefits.

Community College of the Air Force
Joint Services Transcript (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy)

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What information can I obtain by calling 1-888-442-4551?

This toll free line provides information on DVA educational benefits 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The automated system provides a wide range of information about DVA educational benefits and specific information about individual accounts. You may also access the following web site for additional information http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Click one of the following links:

Contact the Veterans Coordinator:
Central Virginia
Community College

3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg VA 24502-2498

Phone: 434.832.7631
Email: click here

Located in Amherst Hall, Room 2204