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Getting Started with Your VA Benefits

For first time recipients:

  1. Determine your eligibility by contacting the VA at 1.888.442.4551, or visit the Vets.gov web site for benefit comparison information.
    • Consider all chapter benefit options before making a decision on which benefit to apply for. If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) and another chapter benefit, make sure you understand the implications of applying for one or the other. Your Military & Veterans Services facilitator can provide basic benefit information but cannot make the decision for you.
  2. If you have not used your benefits, apply for Veterans Education Benefits by completing the online Department of Veterans Affairs application; Vets.gov
    • Under Education Section; click on “Apply for education benefits.”
    • Scroll down to “How do I apply?” and click on the green box to determine the benefit form needed.

If you have used your benefits before:

  1. If you have previously used your benefits at another school or for another training program, use these forms through Vets.gov:
  2. Under Education Section; click on “Apply for education benefits.”
  3. Scroll down to “How do I apply?” and click on the green box to determine the benefit form needed.

  4. Complete the admissions process for CCAC.
  5. Request official high school and prior military and/or college transcripts be forwarded directly to CCAC.
  6. If you would like CCAC to request your Official Joint Service Transcript please complete the
    Joint Service Transcript (JST) Request Form
  7. Complete the CCAC Placement Test process if applicable.

  8. Apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All Veterans and dependents should apply for financial aid. Veterans' education benefits are no longer considered when calculating financial aid.

  9. You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or a Benefits Award Letter from the VA via mail after 4-6 weeks. Provide a copy of your COE or Proof of Entitlement (eBenefits) to the OMVS facilitator immediately. You do not need the COE to register for classes.

For Chapter 33 only:

When your benefits are approved, you can obtain a Statement of Benefits from Vets.gov and provide it in place of a COE to your OMVS facilitator for certification.

Your facilitator can certify your benefits without a COE or Statement of Benefits only if your benefits have been approved by the VA and can be confirmed.

  1. After you have registered and confirmed all of your courses satisfy current degree requirements complete the
    CCAC Military and Veterans Services Enrollment Certification Form* every semester.
  2. If you are using Chapter 1606 or dependent benefits, verify your attendance monthly on WAVE the last calendar of the day of each month, with holidays included. (Not required for Chapters 33 and 31.)

For returning CCAC VA students:

  1. After you have registered and confirmed all of your courses satisfy current degree requirements complete the
    CCAC Military and Veterans Services Enrollment Certification Form*
  2. Re-apply for financial aid using the FAFSA. All Veterans, service members, and dependents should apply for financial aid. Veteran education benefits are no longer considered when calculating financial aid.

*You must fill out a new form each semester you wish to use your Veterans benefits.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill