Aid for Veterans
CCBC is committed to assisting veterans, guard members and reservist in receiving their military benefits; transitioning into college life; and in supporting their academic success.
The programs offered at CCBC are approved for veterans to receive benefits from the Veterans Administration. Students receiving Veterans Assistance should be aware of the special regulations affecting their studies. Students who qualify for benefits under the Veterans Program should contact the Financial Aid Office at 724-480-3501 for information on their major course of study.
The following guidelines are in effect for all students receiving benefits through the Veterans Administration:
- To ensure that we are only certifying benefits for students who wish to receive benefits for a particular semester, the Student Financial Services Office requires veterans to complete the Veterans Enrollment Form every semester that they wish to receive benefits.
- All certified courses must apply to a student's major and be necessary for graduation.
- Veterans must notify the VA and the school in writing of all changes in their schedule and must include the last day of attendance. If a change in schedule results in overpayment, the veteran is liable to repay that amount to the Veterans Administration.
- Veterans may not receive payment for any course repeated if they received a "D" or better that first time. In any event, they may not repeat a course more than once.
- Veterans must maintain progress in all of their academic work. The school is required to report to the VA all veterans who do not maintain standards of academic progress. Any veteran on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be reported to the VA. Any student who receives all "F's" or "W's" for any single semester will be reported to the VA. All "W" grades will be converted to "F's" in computing a grade point average (the quality point average on the official transcript will not reflect a penalty for "W" grades).
The QPA (Quality Point Average) will be used to determine whether a veteran is in good academic standing according to the following school policy:
End of first semester or 16 credits 1.5 QPA minimum
End of second semester or 30 credits 1.7 QPA minimum
End of third semester or 47 credits 1.9 QPA minimum
End of fourth semester or 60 credits 2.0 QPA minimum
Any semester with a QPA of less than 1.5 will also result in Academic Probation. Lack of certification does not prohibit a veteran from enrolling, only from using VA benefits until completing VA approved counseling. If it becomes necessary for the school to notify the VA of academic deficiency, the veteran will be informed in writing. Information on reinstatement to receive VA benefits is available at the Financial Aid Office.
- Veterans are responsible for notifying the VA in writing of any changes of address or changes in the number of dependents.
- Any veteran who receives a deferment for tuition is reminded that educational benefits are paid to defray the cost of your education. Tuition must be paid as soon as checks are received.
- Any monies accepted by a veteran that result in an overpayment may constitute fraud, a punishable offense. The ultimate responsibility to keep the VA informed of your status resides with you.
- Whenever a veteran changes a program, he or she must apply for a change of program before receiving further benefits.
- Once a veteran has completed a program for which he or she has VA approval, the veteran must apply for a change of program before receiving further benefits.
These guidelines are developed to implement VA regulations and are subject to change.
Questions Regarding Veteran Benefits
- Students who have questions regarding their benefits should contact the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 or online at www.gibill.va.gov.
- All questions regarding school certifications should be directed to the Director of Student Financial Services at 724-480-3395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.