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Veteran Services

Overview

Sampson Community College (SCC) is thankful for the service that our Veterans have provided to protect our country!  We look forward to assisting you and your family members with your educational goals! SCC offers curriculum programs approved by the NC State Approving Agency for the Veterans Education Benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 of the Veterans Benefit Law. Information on approved curriculum programs is available from the Director of Veteran Services located in Student Services. Veterans enrolling in approved curriculum programs should follow the appropriate procedures to establish and maintain eligibility for benefits.

Important Information For Veterans

  • Students that are eligible for VA Educational Benefits are encouraged to apply annually for federal student aid. Eligibility will be determined after the SCC FA Office receives the processed application from the Department of Education. Apply online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • VA Students should complete both the SCC Veteran Information Form and the Military Transcript Acknowledgement Form. Both forms are also available in Student Services.
  • After acceptance into a curriculum program, students should see their academic advisor during registration periods to determine which classes are available for the student to enroll in.
  • The SCC VA Certifying Official is only allowed to certify the student for courses that are required in the student’s program of study. The following will not be counted/certified toward enrollment for VA purposes:
    – Remedial courses that are online, hybrid or self-paced
    – Courses that you have already passed
    – Courses that you have received transfer credit for as determined by a program evaluation
  • Students are encouraged to learn more about their benefits on the GI Bill website: www.gibill.va.gov under VA Benefits and Health Care.

Veterans Benefits Process

Most SCC curriculum programs that are offered by the college are approved for the training of veterans and their dependents. All students pursuing veteran benefits of any type (Post 9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607) should complete the following steps:

  • Apply for admissions to Sampson Community College. All admission requirements must be completed before courses can be certified.
  • Submit official transcript showing high school graduation or GED completion. All official college transcripts including military must be submitted, regardless of whether or not your education began prior to your veteran services or whether or not you received VA benefits at the time of your attendance at the other college(s). The VA Certifying Official is not authorized to certify your courses until you have submitted all official transcripts from both high school and college(s). After college transcripts have been submitted, prior coursework will be evaluated to determine if credit can be transferred towards your current program of study.
  • If you have not applied for you VA benefits you may apply online at www.gibill.va.gov. (If you have attended a prior college(s) and used your VA benefits you will need to complete a Change of Place of Training Form with the VA Certifying Official.
  • Submit all required documents to your VA Certifying Official.
    – VA Certificate of Eligibility (which you should receive approximately 6-12 weeks after your online application has been submitted)
    – VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) or 22-5495 (Dependents’ Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) if you have used your VA benefits at another college
    – DD-214 (if applicable)
  • A disabled veteran who will be attending under the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services (VR&E) will need to provide the VA Certifying Official with an approval authorization from their VR&E Counselor which will clarify authorization for charges.

Veterans Services Policies

  • Students receiving veterans educational benefits are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress. To remain in good academic standing at Sampson Community College, all students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Recipients of veterans educational benefits whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on academic warning. During the semester of warning, the student is given the opportunity to achieve a satisfactory GPA for the next term.
  • If the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of the warning semester, the student will not be eligible to receive veterans benefits. Therefore, the VA Certifying Official will not be able to submit any class certifications on behalf of the student.
  • It is the responsibility of the student receiving VA benefits to inform the SCC VA Certifying Official when any classes have been dropped or any changes have occurred with their schedule. Failure to do so could result in delays in VA educational benefit payments or could result in over-payments for the veteran. Any over-payments incurred with the Veterans Administration are liable for repayment by the student.
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