ACC is approved for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. Most programs are approved but any student wishing to use VA benefits should contact the VA Certifying Official (email@example.com)in Financial Aid.
Current VA Rates
For a summary of all current rates, click here.
Effective August 1, 2011 there is no interval pay (no money for non-class days between terms) for any VA benefit.
For information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill and important changes that took effect August and October 2011 go to the GI Bill website.
Recent updates/ changes:
New education benefit for Activated Reservists
There is a new education benefit available to certain individuals who were activated on or after September 11, 2001. We call this benefit the “Reserve Educational Assistance Program” (REAP) or Chapter 1607.
General information on REAP is available on the GI Bill website; Education Benefits, GI Bill Information.
Attendance reporting for prior active duty and Guard/Reserve
The VA has implemented monthly verifications in chapter 1606. At the same time, we have discontinued the issuance of paper verification forms (VA Form 22-8979) for IHL and NCD enrollments in the chapter 30 program.
Now that this project is fully implemented, all Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607, beneficiaries will have to submit their monthly verifications through either the WAVE application or from a touch-tone phone. Details on these verification options are below.
Internet Verification Program- Best OptionWAVE [Web Automated Verification of Enrollment] is available 24 hours a day to Chapter 30 & 1606 students choosing to confirm their monthly enrollment via the internet. It has the same advantage as using the toll-free phone number, with additional benefits to include the ability to:
- Check the student benefit status [term dates & training time];
- Check the last payment issue date & monthly rate [based on full months attendance];
- Submit a request to change the address on record if it is incorrect;
- Review frequently asked questions [FAQs] and…
- Ask a question of your own if necessary.
For additional information visit the VA site.
Telephone Verification Program
Students in all states who are receiving Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607, education benefits are able to confirm their monthly enrollment via toll-free phone number. Use of this system eliminates the need for the student to sign and return the previously used VA Form 22-8979 every month. The system offers several advantages:
- It is available 24 hours a day;
- It allows VA to process education payments faster, thereby getting payments to students sooner;
- There is no longer any need to worry about a lost form or lost mail and…
- The call takes only about a minute.
- The number to call is: 1-877-823-2378
Federal law will eventually require all payments to be made this way. If you are a Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 or REAP Chapter 1607, or Chapter 33 recipient, get started now for your own peace of mind – NO LOST CHECKS! You can make the request in writing, by calling a VA toll free number, 1-877-838-2778, or online through WAVE. In any case you will need your VA file number (social security number), the routing number for your financial institution, the account number, and whether a savings or checking account. A mail-in form is available from the VA Certifying Official in Student Development.
Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30. Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible. Some Vietnam Era veterans and certain veterans separated under special programs are also eligible. The bill also includes a program for certain reservist and National Guard members (Chapter 1606).
Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33. Generally, any individual who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after 9/10/01 is eligible. There are 7 levels of benefits (40% to 100%) tied to length of service.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607: This program provides educational benefits to members of the reserve components – who are called or ordered to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. To be eligible you must serve on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation. The number of months of entitlement under REAP is 36 months. Applications are available at the GI Bill Website (www.gibill.va.gov) and can be submitted electronically. To apply you must also submit a notice of basic eligibility form DD 2384 (NOBE) to the regional office in Atlanta. All correspondence and inquiries are sent to the VA regional office in Atlanta.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Chapter 1607. This program is for veterans who entered active duty for the first time after December 1, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, and contributed to a training fund.
Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Chapter 35. Some family members of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible for educational benefits.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if
- you meet all Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements except the Expected Family Contribution requirement 2013-2014 Pell Chart, and
- your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
- you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.
To receive this grant you apply by completing the FAFSA application. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $5,550 for the 2012–13 award year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013). The payment procedures are the same as those for the Federal Pell Grant.
Time Limits. Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits. Spouses generally have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children are generally eligible from age 18 until age 26. These limits can sometimes be extended.
For additional information go to the VA site on GI Bill Web page.
Veterans can receive an application from the VA Certifying Official in Student Development or the local county office of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs. To complete an on-line application for educational benefits, go to GI Bill Web page.
Dependents can receive an application from the VA Certifying Official in Student Development or the local county office of the NC Division of Veterans Affairs. Or on-line at GI Bill Web page.
New Benefit for Unemployed Veterans
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is the Vote to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
For a limited time (through March 31, 2014), Veterans who meet the following criteria could potentially qualify:
- At least 35 but not more than 60 years old
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- Not eligible for any other VA education benefit programs
- Not in receipt of VA compensation to Individual Employability
- Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
Programs must be offered by a community college or technical school, lead to an Associate’s Degree or Certificate and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.
Check out the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW.
Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation.
Choose a VA approved program. Almost all ACC Academic Programs that award a degree or diploma are approved. Corporate and Continuing Education programs are not approved. To make sure your program qualifies, visit Student Development and check with a VA Certifying Official.
Meet all ACC and VA admission requirements:
- an official high school transcript or GED
- official transcripts from all colleges attended
- formal evaluation by ACC 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 VA5490. If you have used VA education benefits before, a VA1995 or VA5495 is needed instead.
- a copy of all DD214s or NOBE may be required (not required if you have used education benefits before)
- email request to VA Certifying Official (firstname.lastname@example.org) for benefits to be used each semester
No certification can be made until all these requirements are met.
Please note that VA students except Chapter 33 are responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and books at registration.
VA payments are made directly to you after classes have begun. VA students are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid as well; go to the ACC Financial Aid web page for information.
Staying on Track
Make satisfactory progress toward your VA educational goal.
See the policies online for specific academic requirements.
Only classes that meet specific requirements for your VA program can be certified for benefits.
VA will not pay for:
- any class previously passed (D or better)
- any class for which transfer credit was given
- any optional remedial class
- any audited class
- any online or hybrid developmental /remedial class (course number starts with 0)
- any class that does not meet specific program requirements unless a course substitution form is provided by advisor and department head
For fall and/or spring semester, full benefits will be paid for 12 or more credit hours, 3/4 benefits for 9-11 credit hours, and 1/2 benefits for 6-8 credit hours. Unless specifically requested by the VA student, no certification will be made for less than 1/2 time, 5 or less credit hours.
For summer or any other non-standard term, VA will compute benefits based on credit hours and length of term. For ACC’s normal summer semester, full time should equal 6 hours and 1/2 time is 3 hours. This information can vary based on the eligible chapter of veteran student. Please see the VA Certifying Official in Financial Aid with any questions.
Notify the VA Certifying Official in Financial Aid of any changes in your schedule.
Program changes must be made in writing with the VA Certifying Official in Student Development and will require an official transcript evaluation before certification in the new program.
Please remember, ACC is not the VA and has no control of VA policy and rulings. It is your responsibility to comply with VA rules and procedures covered in appropriate laws, regulations, and pamphlets.
ACC VA Certifying Official:
SHERRY MILLER Financial Aid 336-506-4105 or email: email@example.com
Local VA Offices:
Graham VA Office, 217 College St. 336-570-6763
Hillsborough VA Office, Churton St. at Courthouse 919-245-2890