Ensuring Successful Benefits Certification

A few things are essential to know when using VA education benefits:

  1. Certification will not be made until the SCC VA Office receives all documentation, to include a course schedule each semester. It takes 60-90 days from the date of certification for benefits to start. See “Additional Required Documents” for more info.
  2. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress under the same standards as financial aid recipients in terms of maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a cumulative completion rate of 67%.
  3. The VA will not pay for enrollment in the following:
    • course audits
    • repeated courses previously passed
    • credit by examination
    • courses not required in chosen curriculum
    • Continuing Education classes
    • dropped or withdrawn classes
  4. It is the veteran’s responsibility to clear any problems concerning payments with the VA.
    • First, the veteran should check with the SCC VA Office, located in Boyd 120, to make certain that all necessary paperwork has been processed.
    • Then, if there are any problems after the paperwork is in order, the veteran should call the VA toll-free number (1-888-442-4551) between 9 AM and 4 PM Mondays through Fridays.