To be eligible for VA educational benefits, you must be enrolled in an approved curriculum, taking only those courses required for graduation in the chosen curriculum.
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress under the same standards as Financial Aid Recipients.
The VA will not pay for enrollment in the following:
repeated courses previously passed
credit by examination
courses not required in chosen curriculum
continuing education classes
dropped or withdrawn classes
remedial courses taken on-line
Apply for Educational Benefits
Step 1: Complete Application for Benefits
VA regulations governing institution-approved training of veterans and/or dependents of veterans require that certain documents be on file prior to certification of enrollment. To start the application process to use your GI Bill or to use the GI Bill of your spouse or parent, you first need to submit an application for benefits.
Information concerning applying for the GI Bill can be found on the website at www.gibill.va.gov. If VA benefits have been received for prior training at another institution, the student must submit form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training.
Please check the groups (A or B) below to see what information needs to accompany your application.
Group A: Individuals under the following categories:
Ch. 30 - Active Duty/Former Active Duty
Ch. 33 Post 09/11 GI Bill
Ch. 33 TOE 09/11 GI Bill Transfer of Eligibility
Ch. 1606 - Selected Reserve
Ch. 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
VRAP - Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
Individuals applying for benefits under Group A are encouraged to submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4) or National Guard form DD-2384 “NOBE” signed by the Unit Commander, Certificate of Eligibility in addition to a copy of the application.
Group B: Individuals under the following category:
Ch. 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Individuals applying for benefits under Group B are encouraged to submit a copy of their birth certificate (dependents) or their marriage certificate (spouses), Certificate of Eligibility in addition to a copy of the application.
Step 2: Submit all Official Transcripts
Prior to being certified for benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your high school/GED equivalency and from any college/universities you've attended to the Admissions Office. Click here for a printable transcript request form you can use to request transcripts from other institutions.
To check to see if your transcript has been received, you may contact the Admissions Office at (252) 451-8300 or by email at
Step 3: Register & Pay for Classes
Once you've registered and paid for classes, you need to submit a notification to the Veterans e-mail address at
. In the e-mail include your name, Student Identification Number and the number of credit hours you are attempting in that semester.
For Ch. 33 participants, send the same notification information to the Veterans e-mail address and the Veterans Services Officer will hold your seat in your classes while waiting for payment from The Department of Veterans Affairs.
Once this information has been received, the Veterans Services Officer will submit your enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs. It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your information and for you to receive your first check.
**Students receiving GI Bill benefits must submit an e-mail notification with their information each semester they wish to be certified.
Step 4: Verify Enrollment (For individuals under Ch. 30, Ch. 1606, and Ch. 1607 only)
Prior to receiving your check, you must verify your enrollment at the end of the month on a monthly basis. You should wait until the end of the first month of school to verify your enrollment for the first time.
Fall semester - verify for the first time on August 31
Spring semester - verify for the first time on January 31
Summer - verify for the first time on May 31
You can verify your enrollment by one of the following methods:
Interactive Voice Response (IVP) system at 1-877-823-2378
Important Things to Know about Using your GI Bill at NCC
You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees up front as your enrollment certifications will not be processed by VA until after classes have begun. Unless you have other funds such as financial aid or tuition assistance, we will not be able to hold your schedule or make special arrangements for you. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to cover your tuition, fees, and book each semester.
It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your claim for benefits.
If you change your major, you must notify the Veterans Services Officer prior to changing it with the Registrar's office.
Any change in personal information (address, name, etc.) must be reported to our office if you wish for us to notify VA. You can make the change on the WAVE website as well.
IMPORTANT!! Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive VA benefits. Click here for additional information on the SAP requirements.
It is your responsibility to notify the VA representative of any changes in your schedule - dropping a class, adding a class, withdrawing from a class(es), etc.
If you withdraw from classes or don't report changes when verifying your enrollment, you may owe back money to VA. Contact the Veterans Services Officer at Nash Community College before making changes to your schedule to double check or if you have any questions.
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