Veterans Educational Assistance

Cleveland State Community College maintains an Office of Veterans Affairs to assist in providing educational opportunities for veterans and eligible persons under appropriate Public Laws. A student who accepts veteran’s educational assistance assumes responsibility for complying with applicable rules and regulations of the Veterans Administration.

The Office of Veterans Affairs, located in Room 110 C of the Student Center, has posted hours along with additional contact information. This Office is a resource center that provides individualized assistance with the process of completing and filing the necessary documents to access your VA Educational Benefits. The School Certifying Official (SCO) is responsible for enrollment verification, changes in student status, monitor student progress, and maintaining files. We offer assistance and information, however, the veteran is responsible for his/her benefits.

HOW TO APPLY FOR VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS:

  1. Apply for admission to the school: Click the APPLY NOW button on the side of this page.
  2. Contact the SCO (School Certifying Official) in the school’s Veterans Affairs Office or at veteransaffairs@clevelandstatecc.edu for information and instructions on how to apply for VA Education Benefits. The SCO will explain the various programs (Chapters) available to you and how to apply.
  3. Application for VA Educational Benefits is available on-line and will take about 15 minutes to complete. Processing time at the VA may take up to 90 days so please apply early. The VA will back-pay the benefits to the 1st. day of classes. To apply on-line go to: http://www.gibill.va.gov and select “apply for benefits” and follow the instructions. The VA will send a “Certificate of Eligibility” outlining your benefits.  You will need to keep this letter and provide a copy to the school’s SCO. Make sure that you contact the VA should you have any questions regarding the Certificate of Eligibility.
  4. Consider applying for Financial Aid: From this website, see “Financial Aid” under the Admissions tab. Caution: Student Loans should be considered as a last resort.
  5. Deferment: Service members, veterans, and dependents of veterans who are eligible beneficiaries of US Dept. of Veterans Affairs educational benefits may “defer” the cost of tuition and fees until the last day of classes. by completing a deferment form. The form is required each semester.  *The deferment is not a payment but an “extension” of time thus allowing the veteran to make necessary payment received from the VA or others.   The form is available from the SCO or can be downloaded here. Once the form is completed, turn in to the SCO for approval.

RESOURCES:

Become familiar with the VA website: http://www.gibill.va.gov . Consider setting up an account in “e-Benefits”  http://www.ebenefits.va.gov to monitor your personal VA information and programs. Attendance verification, change of address, and direct deposit for Chapters 1606, 1607, and 30 may be done on-line under “WAVE” on the above website or call appropriate number below.

VA Regional Office:
Veteran Administration
Educational Benefits
P.O. Box 66830
St Louis, MO 63166-6830
Tel 1-888-442-4551
Fax 1-314-552-9444

VA-“General Questions” about your benefits (status): 1-888-442-4551

VA Attendance Verification: 1-877-823-2378 (Chapters VRAP, 1606, 1607 & 30) only Chapter 33 recipients do not have to verify attendance.

Direct deposit/address change: 1-800-827-1000 or on-line under “WAVE”

Military Transcripts:  order your “Military Transcripts” on-line at jst@doded.mil

Tuition Assistance: National Guard/Reservist may be eligible for tuition assistance up to $4500 per year. To apply see your UNIT to insure you qualify and apply at “GoArmyEd”. http://www.goarmyed.com . Since TA is not a Veteran Administration Program, it’s a DoD Program offered by your UNIT, we are limited here at the school with assistance, but will help where possible.

Military Medical Records/DD 214: http://www.archives.gov

Please Note: all classes selected must be applicable to your degree/certificate. The VA will not pay for classes taken outside your degree/certificate plan. See your SCO to insure that the classes selected can be “certified” by the school. Twelve (12) hours is considered “full time” by the VA and Cleveland State.  To receive your full benefits you must be a full time student; summer classes may be less than twelve hours to be considered full time for VA purposes only. It is imperative that you notify the SCO at Cleveland State of all changes in classes, degrees/certificates, Chapters, or have any questions.