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|Instructions for Veterans
Welcome! We're delighted that you have chosen Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) to continue your education, and want to ensure that you get the most from your VA benefits. To help you understand the process and your responsibilities, we've prepared the following information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information that will affect your benefits. Also note that the new Post-9/11 GI Bill has recently gone into effect, and this may change your benefits.
Should you have any questions on enrolling at RVCC, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Sullivan, at (908) 526-1200, ext. 8452, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. GETTING STARTED
Submission of Required Documents? You must submit one or more of the following documents to RVCC. The documents required will depend on your status (ex: discharged service member, active reserves, dependent of disabled or deceased veteran). If you are not sure of your status, contact the Veterans Administration directly at the phone number or web site given below.
A. Application for Educational Benefits? The Application is available at RVCC or may be downloaded from the Veterans'Administration Web site. The Application is required for all VA students except those in the Vocational Rehabilitation program and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans. New Jersey Army National Guard students who are not applying for VA benefits don't have to submit this form.
B. DD-214 (Discharge Papers) ? It is required that a copy of the DD-214 be submitted with the Application for Benefits for most VA applicants. This copy must be certified by your local county clerk's office of residence(notarized copies are not accepted).
The DD-214 is required of all VA applicants except members of the active reserves (see paragraph C below), veterans in theVocational Rehabilitation program (see paragraph D below), and dependents of disabled/deceased veterans (see paragraph E below).
C. Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) - For members of the active reserves. Forms are available at your unit. Ask your Commanding Officer.
D. Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Studies - For disabled veterans. Forms are available at the VA Regional office in Newark, New Jersey (please see address below).
E. Certificate of Eligibility - For dependents ofdisabled or deceased veterans. Forms are available at VA Regional Office in Newark, New Jersey (see address below). Post-9/11 GI Bill applicants are required to submit a Certificate of Eligibility in order to be certified for benefits.
F. Commander's Certification - For New Jersey Army National Guard members who wish to enroll tuition-free (a maximum of 16 credits). Forms are available at your unit.
G. Visiting Students - A statement from your home college's VA Coordinator is required, stating that the course(s) you wish to take at RVCC are applicable to your program of study at your home college.
II. PAYMENTS AND FINANCIAL ISSUES
A. Payment of Tuition and Fees
A. Certification by RVCC - RVCC begins certifying VA students whose files are complete following the 10th day of class. It takes at least two weeks to complete the certification process. RVCC will mail you a confirmation of your certification upon completion of the review of your records, which will indicate the number of credit hours you've been certified for during the semester.
B. Retroactive Certification - If you've first applied for VA benefits at RVCC for the current semester, but previously attended RVCC, we can retroactively certify you for your enrollment during the past year. For example, if you apply for benefits for the Fall semester, but attended the previous summer or spring semester, we can certify you for those periods. However, we will not be able to certify you for the previous Fall semester.
C. Certification for Degree Requirements Only - Please be advised that RVCC can only certify you for courses that are required in your major course of study, remedial or refresher courses. The VA will not pay benefits on any courses that don't meet the above criteria. The VA calculates the amount of your benefits based on the number of credits you are taking that satisfy degree or certificate requirements. This includes non-credit developmental courses. The College certifies only these credits. You are welcome to register for courses that are not required for your program of study, but the College cannot report these to theVA. To ensure that you register for qualified courses, it's highly recommended that you consult a counselor in the Office of Advising & Counseling each semester. You may arrange an appointment by calling (908) 218-8860.
D. Repeat Courses - The VA will pay for a course you repeat if you've received a failing grade on your first attempt. If you receive a failing grade on the second attempt, the VA will not pay for another attempt. The VA also doesn't pay for courses you originally passed, but wish to repeat for a better grade.
IV. CHANGES IN YOUR ENROLLMENT If you change your enrollment or major concentration, you must notify the VA Coordinator immediately:
A. Enrollment Verification
B. Change in Enrollment for Semester
C. Change of Program
D. Future Semesters
V. CONTACT INFORMATION - If you have questions, please contact the appropriate office below:
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