West Virginia Northern Community College

Offices and Services

Veterans

Margaret DeCola
Veteran's Certifying Official                                                                                                                             
 My email is: mdecola@wvncc.edu
Wheeling Campus
B & O Building Room 119A
1704 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003-3643
 

 Telephone:  304-214-8854             Fax:  304-232-8187


West Virginia Northern Community College is an approved institution through which men and women who have served in the Armed Forces can receive veterans' benefits.  Also eligible are dependents and spouses of veterans whose death or permanent and total disability was service connected.  Eligibility now extends to persons who, on or after July 1, 1985, have enlisted, reenlisted or extended enlistment in the Selected Reserve for six years or more and meet certain other criteria. Eligible students who attend classes on at least a part-time basis will receive a monthly assistance allowance. 

Veterans who have completed at least one full year of military service may be eligible to receive two hours of physical education activity credit. To determine eligibility, the veteran student will need to submit to the Veteran's Certifying Official a copy of the DD214 Membership Copy #4 or feel free to contact the Veteran's Certifying Official.


Program Approval

All programs which lead to an associate degree are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) educational assistance. Also included for assistance are a few non-college degree or certificate programs. Veterans interested in these programs should consult the Veteran's Certifying Official for more information.

Not approved for VA assistance are Community and Continuing Education courses, continuing education unit classes, courses unrelated to or not counted toward graduation requirements and some programs which lead to a certificate.


Procedures for Obtaining Veterans' Educational Assistance

ADMISSION

Complete a WVNCC Online Application.  

  1. Apply Online to the Colllege 
  2. Submit an offcial copy of your high school transcripts
  3. Take the Compass Placement test if you did not take the ACT/SAT
  4. Submit official copies of your college transcripts from all other accredited institutions. These transcripts must be sent directly from the transfer institutions.  Hand-carried transcripts will not be accepted.
  5. If benefits have been used before, the Veteran Student must complete the Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training and a dependent student of a veteran would complete the Form 22-5495 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance.  This can be done by going to Veteran Online Application (VONAPP)
  6. VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS "DO NOT" HOLD STUDENTS IN THEIR CLASSES.  OTHER FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES MUST BE IN PLACE IN ORDER FOR THE VETERAN TO BE HELD IN THEIR CLASSES.

REGISTRATION

  1. Only students who have been accepted to the college may register and use their educational benefits.
  2. Academic Advisors and Counselors will assist the veteran in getting the veteran registered.  The veteran will be certified for classes that fall under their program for which they are trying to obtain.    

PROGRAM SELECTION

  1. Veterans receiving VA Benefits may select any program leading to a degree offered at WVNCC.  The veteran may dual major but must first discuss this with the Veteran's Certifying Official.  
  2. Veterans may change their program of study and continue to receive benefits if the new program is aproved by VA.

CLASS ATTENDANCE

VA requires veterans receiving educational benefits to attend all scheduled class meetings.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of benefits or it may cause the veteran to have an overpayment for the semester in question.

VETERANS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

You will find listed below a brief description of each educational benefit.  Following each description is a list of forms that the veteran will need to fill out to get their certification process start.  It is the veteran's responsibility to assemble all needed materials and submit them to WVNCC Veteran Affairs Office.

The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Chapter 30, program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under MGIB-AD except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike).

Visit the Benefit Comparison Tools to see which benefit is best for you the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11.

Visit the Montgomery GI Bill Rate Tables to see your Reimbursement Rates.


Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapters 30 & 34 to get their benefits processed are:

  1. New applicants complete VA Form 22-1990  Application for VA Education Benefits or,
  2. Transfer students must complete VA Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training.
  3. Submit copies of DD214-Report of Separation Membership Copy #4
  4. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form

Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapter 31 to get their benefits processed are:

  1. Voc Rehab counselor sends VA 28-1905 Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status
  2. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form
     

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available. Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits.

Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under VEAP except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike).


Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapter 32 (VEAP) to get their benefits processed are:

  1. New applicants complete VA Form 22-100 or,
  2. Transfer students complete VA Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training.
  3. Submit copy of DD214-Report of Separation Membership Copy #4
  4. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form
     

Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008--the New GI Bill, Chapter 33

President Bush signed into law the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 on June 30, 2008 which is to be implemented by August 2009.

At its maximum (those who have served three full years in active duty since 9/11), veterans will be eligible to receive tuition up to the cost of the most expensive in-state public school, a monthly housing stipend based on the cost of living for their zip code, and an annual award of $1,000 for books and supplies. These benefits will be available to members of the military who served on active duty since September 11, 2001, including reservists and members of the National Guard. Benefit amounts would be based on the amount of time a veteran had served in the military since 9/11. The benefits would be payable for 36 months, the equivalent of four years of college, and would be available for up to 15 years after a veteran leaves active duty.

Benefits can be transferred to a spouse or children. When they have served six years, they can sign up for four more to transfer 36 months of benefits to a spouse. At the 10-year mark, they can sign up for four more to transfer any remaining months of the total of 36 to a dependent.

For additional information visit the GI Bill website.

Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapter 33 to get their benefits processed are:                                                                                                                                                          

  1. New applicants complete VA Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits or,                                                                                
  2. Transfer students complete VA Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training
  3. Sumit copy of DD214-Report of Separation Membership Copy #4
  4. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form
     

Forms that need filled out by the veteran to Transfer Education Benefits (TEB) Under Chapter 33 are:

  1. New applicants must complete VA Form 22-1990e  Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits after veterans completes their information.
  2. Transfer students complete VA Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training.
  3. Submit copy of DD214-Report of Separation Membership Copy #4 of the Veteran they are claiming their benefits under
  4. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form

Dependents' Educational Assistance, Chapter 35, provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits

You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  1. A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  2. A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  3. A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  4. A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  5. A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006Applicants Under Chapter 35

Visit the GI Bill wesite to learn "How To Apply"

Forms that need filled out by the applicants under Chapter 35 to get their benefits processed are:

  1. New Applicants complete VA Form 22-5490   Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance or,
  2. Transfer students complete VA Form 22-5495 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance.
  3. Copy of Veterans DD214 Report of Separation Membership Copy #4 of the Veteran they are claiming their benefits under.  
  4. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form
     

The Montgomery GI Bill-Selectived Reserves, Chapter 1606, program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under MGIB-SR except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike).

Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapter 1606 (Reserves) to get their benefits processed are:

  1. New applicants complete VA Form 22-100 or,
  2. Transfer students complete VA Form 22-1995 Request For Change of Program or Place of Training.
  3. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form
     

Reserve Educationa Assistance Program (REAP), Chapter 1607, was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under REAP except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike).

Forms that need filled out by the applicants Under Chapter 1607 (REAP) to get their benefits processed are:

  1. New applicants complete VA Form 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits or,
  2. Transfer students must complete VA Form 22-1995  Request For Change of Program or Place of Training. 
  3. WVNCC Veterans Certification Form

VRAP is a provision under the Veteran Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. It allows qualified Veterans to receive up to 12-months of education assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill at the Active Duty rate, which is currently $1,473 per month. The money is paid to the Veteran, who in turn pays the school for tuition, fees and books.
To be qualified, you must:

  1. Be 35-60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged;
  2. Start education or training after July 1, 2012, in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school leading to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the Department of Labor;
  3. Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g. Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment);
  4. Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program within the last 180 days;
  5. Not receive VA compensation at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability (IU).

For more information on VOW, VRAP, high demand occupations, and how to apply, go here, or call the VA National Call Center at 1-800-827-1000. Veterans may also access the VRAP through eBenefits.
 

PAYMENT

In order to receive veteran educational benefits, the veteran must have all the appropriate paperwork turned in and their VA file must be complete.  Veteran's with completed files should expect their first check to be disbursed around SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS after the veteran has been certified for their educational benefits.  Northern certifies all their educational benefits after the add/drop period, which is the first full week of the semester.  If a veteran turns in their paperwork late, this will delay their payments of benefits.  

Information about qualifying pay rates and payment dates for Chapter 30,32, 33, 34, and 1606 are available only through direct contact between the student and the Department of Veteran's Affairs by calling 1-888-442-4551 or the student may go to  www.gibill.va.gov.  Pay rates and payment dates for Chapter 1607 are available through direct contact between the student and the Deprartment of Defense. 

Tutorial Assistance

A veteran is eligible to receive up to $600 for tutorial assistance if approved by Veterans' Services.  Chapter 1606 applicants will not be paid for receiving tutorial assistnce.

ENTITLEMENT TO BENEFITS

WVNCC certifies your enrollment status, programs, and academic progress.  All questions concerning payment are to be referred to the Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 or by sending an electronic inquiry by going to www.gibill.va.gov.

DIRECT DEPOSIT

EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) processing, also known as "Direct Deposit," is now available to recipients for several of the VA education benefit programs.  To find out if you can use Direct Deposit, or to stop or change your Direct Deposit call 1-877-838-2778 or visit www.gibill.va.gov.

NEW VETERANS

Veterans wishing to enter West Virginia Northern Community College should contact the Veteran's Certifying Official for the proper procedure to get their educational benefits processed. 

RESOURCES

Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)

 Web Automated Verfication Enrollment (W.A.V.E)

Scholarships for Veterans

Federal Tuition Assistance Program

WV National Guard Tuition Assistance Program

MyCAA Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

Request Duplicate DD214 by using Standard Form 180

AARTS

ARMY/AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION REGISTRY TRANSCRIPT SYSTEM 

SMARTS Transcripts

DANTES Transcripts

American Council on Education (ACE) 

Restrictions

The educational allowance is not payable if eligible individuals are on active duty and have their education paid for by the Armed Forces or the Department of Health and Human Services (for Public Health Services duty) or are federal employees receiving full salary and having the course paid by the Government Employees Training Act

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

 West Virginia Northern Community College, pursuant to the requirements of Titles IV, VI, VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate against applicants, employees, or students on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, gender, ancestry, marital or parental status or national origin in its employment policies and/or educational programs or activities, including admissions to such.

Inquiries concerning this rule should be directed to Chief Human Resource Officer Peggy Carmichael, who is designated coordinator for Title IX and Section 504. Her telephone number is 304-214-8901 and her office is located in Room 125-B, B&O Building, Wheeling campus. Her email address is pcarmichael@wvncc.edu.
 

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