Veteran Services

Overview

Sampson Community College 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 Chapter 30 (Montgomery Bill), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents of Veteran)Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program) of the Veterans Benefit Law. Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness and Employment) eligibility is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service. Information on approved curriculum programs is available from the SCC VA Certifying Official located in Student Services.  Veterans enrolling in approved curriculum programs should follow the appropriate procedures to establish and maintain eligibility for benefits. 

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.”

Veterans Benefits Process

Most SCC curriculum programs are approved for the training of veterans and their dependents. SCC students pursuing veteran education benefits should complete the following steps: 

All SCC Admissions Application admission requirements must be completed before courses can be certified. 

Apply for VA education benefits here.

In 4-6 weeks, the Department of Veteran Affairs will mail you a Certificate of Eligibility.  If you have attended a prior college(s) and used your VA benefits there, you will need to complete a Change of Place of Training Form with the SCC VA Certifying Official.  

Click here to complete the SCC Veteran Information Packet here. You may drop it off in Student Services or email it to hbrewington@sampsoncc.edu.

Submit the following documents to the Veteran Services Office located in Student Services along with the completed information packet:

  1. VA Certificate of Eligibility (which you should receive from the Department of Veteran Affairs after your online application has been submitted)
  2. 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) only if you have used your VA benefits at another college.
  3. DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (if applicable).
  4. Approval authorization from your Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Counselor if you are a disabled veteran who will be attending under Chapter 31.

Prior to being certified for educational benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your high school/GED equivalency, from any college/university you’ve attended and military transcripts to the SCC Admissions Office.  All official transcripts must be submitted regardless of whether your education began prior to your veteran services or whether you received VA benefits at the time of your attendance at the other colleges.  After college transcripts have been submitted, prior coursework will be evaluated by SCC to determine if credit can be transferred towards your current program of study.

Find the FAFSA form here.

Students that are eligible for VA educational benefits are encouraged to apply for federal student aid each academic year. Eligibility will be determined after the SCC Financial Aid Office receives the processed application from the Department of Education.  

After acceptance into a curriculum program, you will need to register for classes. Contact your academic advisor during registration periods to determine which classes are available for you to enroll. 

You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees by the payment deadline unless you are Chapter 31, Chapter 33 or have other funds such as financial aid.  You may pay in-person in the Finance Office located in North Building or pay online via your WebAdvisor account.  SCC does not participate in the VA Advance Payment.
  1. Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 students are required to pay out-of-pocket for all charges at the time of registration unless you have financial aid to cover it.  The Department of Veteran Affairs will make payments of education benefits directly to these students for the period they are in attendance in an eligible program as long as they have remaining entitlement.   
  2. Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 students are authorized to charge tuition and fees to the school according to their rate of entitlement and the SCC Finance Office will charge the VA directly for these expenses. Payment will be made from the Department of Veteran Affairs to SCC to cover the tuition and fee charges. If the rate of entitlement is below 100%, the VA student will be required to pay out of pocket for the difference unless they are eligible for financial aid.  
  1. For Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607: You are required to use the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment system (WAVE) at www.gibill.va.gov/wave or call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) number 1-877-823-2378 to certify your attendance and to process your monthly payment.  Verification should be done on the last day of each month.
  2. For Chapter 33: You are required to verify your enrollment each month via text message or by calling the Education Call Center (ECC) at 888-442-4551.  The ECC will send you an opt-in text when enrollment begins.
  3. Chapter 32 and 35 enrolled in a college degree program don’t have to verify their attendance.

Important Information For Veterans

  • 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 and earned credit 
      • Courses that you have received transfer credit for as determined by a program evaluation
      • Students are encouraged to visit the VA Education Benefits website to learn more about their benefits. 

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 veteran 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. 
  • After one semester, if the student has not successfully reached the required 2.0 GPA, they will be placed on Academic Suspension and the VA Certifying Official will report this suspension to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Class attendance is essential. You must attend class to received educational benefits. Failure to attend may result in an overpayment unless there are mitigating circumstances. 
  • Schools are required to report, without delay, the enrollment, interruption and termination of attendance for all students receiving veteran benefits. If you drop classes voluntarily or are dropped by an instructor (e.g. for excessive absences, plagiarism, etc.) or withdraws from school and the VA has already processed a payment for tuition and fees, an overpayment will occur. Any overpayments incurred will be collected from the student by Sampson Community College and returned to the Department of Veteran Affairs.  
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