The Department of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to eligible members of the National Guard, Selected Reservists, eligible veterans, and certain veteran dependents. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the final authority for determining eligibility. Apply for education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.gibill.va.gov.
Special Note: The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. As a result, beginning on August 1, 2019, Tri-County Community College will allow GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This 90-day time frame will allow a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution.
Additionally, GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) will not be penalized, or charged extra fees, in the event the VA makes late payments for tuition and fees. However, veterans, who benefit from Chapter 33 or Chapter 31, must be aware that Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.
If you have questions or need assistance in applying for VA education benefits, please contact TCCC’s VA Certifying Official, Diane Owl, at 828-835-4220 or visit her in the Harper building at the main campus.
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