Military & Veterans

Veterans benefits are designated to provide eligible individuals with an opportunity for educational and career growth. Eligibility for VA educational benefits is determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, MO. To apply, see Director of Financial Aid in Room 219 in the Start Center

BEFORE APPLYING FOR VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITs

The Department of Veterans Affairs requires each applicant utilizing their VA educational benefits to be formally accepted into an approved curriculum (Program of Study) before initial certification of attendance can be sent to the DVA.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Some VA Chapters pay the college directly while others pay directly to you.  Please review the list of chapters below to determine how the college, or you, will be paid.
  • If you are thinking of dropping a class, you need to consult the VA office on campus or you may have to repay some of the money that you received for classes.
  • You can only take courses that are required on your academic plan. In most cases, military transfer credit covers some of your elective requirements. If a class does not fit in your academic plan, VA will not pay for the course.
  • You must be in a degree seeking program to receive benefits/payment. Undecided or Non-Degree Seeking are not acceptable majors.

VA EDUCATION BENEFIT CHAPTERS

Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 30 (active duty or veteran status) must have served in the United States Armed Forces and participated in the GI Bill program. In most instances, veterans must also have been honorably discharged. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation / Chapter 31 (service-connected disabled veterans) must make application with a local VA caseworker to have rehabilitation plan developed indicating an HCC degree plan. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility, VA Form 1905 (generated by the vocational rehabilitation counselor) to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college. Certified veterans using Post 9-11 Chapter 33 benefits may defer payment until the tuition benefit is received by the college or until the end of the semester, whichever comes first. Post 9-11 Chapter 33 and grant/loans are posted to the veteran's student account in the order the funds are received by the college. See Post 9-11 Payment Policies for details.

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (dependents and spouses of 100% disabled or deceased veterans)/ Chapter 35 must complete Form 22-5490 (application) and submit to the Department of Veteran Affair. Once the benefit is established, the VA will issue a certificate of eligibility to the dependent/spouse. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.

Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 1606 (selected guard and reserves) must have completed all initial entry training (IET) and are now assigned to a Reserve and/or a Kentucky/Tennessee National Guard Unit. Please submit a copy of your DD 214 Form and NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility, obtained from your unit education officer).Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.
Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 1607 (REAP) must have been called to active duty under federal authority for a contingency operation as determined by Congress or the President. Veterans must have served on active duty in a contingency operation for at least 90 continuous days after September 11, 2001. You must remain within your component to use benefits. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov.
Some VA students are eligible to apply for VA work study positions. HCC offers a number of customer service work study positions in the academic affairs and student services departments. Additional VA work study information is available from the Veterans Services offices at both campuses.

 

Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program

A waiver of tuition is an education benefit provided by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of the military service of certain Kentucky veterans. The tuition waiver is provided for children, stepchildren, adopted children, spouses, and unremarried widows & widowers. An approved tuition waiver means a student may attend any two-year schools, four-year schools or vocational technical schools that are operated and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education. Additional information about the tuition waiver program and how to apply is available at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.  The application is available here.