Students seeking Veterans’ Services should contact the Financial Aid Office, 336-249-8186, ext. 6227 or email Beverly Brown Billings.
New students who are using their veterans’ education benefits for the first time will need to fill out a DCCC Veterans Contract. This form will need to be printed, filled out, and returned to the Financial Aid Office at DCCC. This document is for internal use only and will not affect your VA Education Benefits.
The Veterans’ Services Office at DCCC currently manages the following programs:
- Chapter 30 – The Montgomery G.I.Bill – Active Duty
- Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
- Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- Chapter 1606 – The Montgomery GI Bill
- Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607
Chapter 30 – The Montgomery G.I.Bill – Active Duty
The MGIB 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. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
Any veteran with a compensable disability rating of 10% or more is invited to file application for Vocational Rehabilitation by completing VA Form 28-1900 and submitting it to your local VAVR Office. You may need to set up an appointment to discuss your educational plans, test your aptitude, interests and abilities as well as review the nature of your disability and how it affects your ability to gain employment. A decision of your entitlement to the benefit will be rendered after the counseling appointment. Once the application is filed, you will need to see the Veterans Representative at DCCC to assist you in getting started.
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:
- tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning
- a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school
- an annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment
This benefit is payable only for training at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). If you are enrolled exclusively in online training you will not receive the housing allowance. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
- 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.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
- A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- A service member 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, 2006. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Chapter 1606 – The Montgomery GI Bill
Selected Reserve 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. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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. For more information go to www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.