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Wondering if you qualify for veterans benefits?

Let’s find out!

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides educational opportunities to eligible veterans, spouses, and children of certain categories of living and deceased veterans and to certain active duty military personnel, reservists, and National Guard members. The VA Certification Official processes necessary documentation, provides guidance in obtaining benefits, certifies enrollment and monitors student academic progress. In order to qualify for VA benefits, BCC must be in receipt of official copies of all high school and college transcripts. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in order to be eligible to receive VA benefits. Students may apply for VA educational benefits online through United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Getting Started…

Choose a VA approved program. Almost all BCC Academic Programs that award a degree or diploma are approved. Continuing Education programs are not approved.

Meet all BCC and VA admission requirements:

    • an official high school transcript or GED
    • official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • formal evaluation by BCC of all college transcripts and any military training submitted for evaluation and completion of any required placement testing
    • completion of an application, VA 1990 or VA 5490. If you have used VA education benefits before, a VA 1995 or VA 5495 is needed instead
    • a copy of all DD214s or NOBE may be required (not required if you have used education benefits before)

No certification can be made until all these requirements are met.

BCC participates in the Tuition Assistance program offered by the Department of Defense (DoD). Students are encouraged to visit TA Decide.   In addition to working with BCC’s Certifying Official (Mr. Bryan), service members are encouraged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or equivalent in their Military Service branch prior to enrolling.

Please note that VA students except Chapter 33 are responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and books at registration.

FAQ

Will I get credit for my Military classes?

Military Transcripts are evaluated using the JST service.

Presently there is a proposal for adoption at the NC Community College System Office concerning credit for prior learning.

 

How will I be paid?

Payment is made at the beginning of each month for the previous month’s attendance.

Standard Spring or Fall Semester (16 weeks)

Credit Hours Training Time Monthly Rate of Pay
12 or more Full time Maximum allowance

Summer Semester (8 weeks)

Credit Hours Training Time Monthly Rate of Pay
6 or more Full time Maximum allowance

 

How much does it cost to go to school?

Students and their families can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the cost of school. This calculator is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

Priority Deadlines For Financial Aid

You should submit a FAFSA as early as possible in order to maximize your potential for financial aid eligibility. In order to have the best chance for financial aid eligibility, your FAFSA should be submitted by the priority deadlines.

    • Fall semester: July 1
    • Spring semester: December 1
    • Summer semester: May 1

Financial Aid Application Process Timeline

Once the FAFSA is received by the school, a notification or offer letter will be mailed to the students address on file in the Admission’s Office and can be viewed immediately in Self-Service. It typically takes the Financial Aid Office less than a week to process any verification documents after they have been submitted. Incomplete documentation will take longer to process.

 

How much will books and other course material costs?

The bookstore provides a list of books and materials for each class.

The list is updated each semester.

 

Return Policy for Tuition Assistance (TA) funds

Typically, an educational institution will work with the impacted Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion. Per DOD MOU, paragraph 4.f.(2)(d), in the event a military-connected student is unable to complete a course due to a military service obligation, the following return policy applies:

  • 100% until the 60% point in the semester; OR
  • 0% after the 60% point in the semester.

In accordance with federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. 668.18 and the Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the college will promptly readmit service members who seek readmission to a program that was interrupted due to a uniformed service obligation.