Veterans Benefit Programs

The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. When applying for the benefit, the following applies:

  • Students must apply and have been accepted into a degree program at SCC before they can begin receiving benefits from the VA. (Continuing Education courses are not covered.)
  • Students must complete “VA Form 22-1990” if this is their initial application or “VA Form 22-1995” if they have previously received VA benefits at another institution.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of their DD-214 Member 4 discharge papers.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of:
    1. High school or GED transcript
    2. All college and military transcripts
  • Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

New Voc-Rehab/Continuing Voc-Rehab students (Chapter 31)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is to assist veterans who have disabilities received while serving in the military “prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.”
For new applicants, please contact the VA help desk at 1-800-827-1000, and continuing applicants should contact their counselors in Winston Salem at 336-631-5451.

Montgomery GI Bill – Post 9/11 New GI Bill (Chapter 33)

“The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to 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 new bill.”  Your tuition will be paid based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the institution is located.

  • Students must apply and be accepted into a degree program at SCC before they can begin receiving benefits from the VA.  (Continuing Education courses are not covered.)
  • Students must complete VA Form 22-1990 if this is their initial application.  For students who are electing this new MGIB instead of their current MGIB chapter, or for students who have previously received Chapter 33 benefits at another institution, they will need to complete VA Form 22-1995.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of their DD-214  Member 4 discharge papers.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of:
    1. High school or GED transcript
    2. All college and military transcripts

The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35)

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)  provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or a result of a service related condition.
When applying, the following applies:

  • Students must apply and have been accepted into a degree program at SCC before they can begin receiving benefits from the VA. (Continuing Education courses are not covered.)
  • Students must complete “VA Form 22-5490” if this is their initial application or “VA Form 22-5495” if they have previously received VA benefits at another institution.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of:
    1. High school or GED transcript
    2. All college transcripts
  • The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. When applying for the benefit, the following applies:

  • Students must apply and have been accepted into a degree program at SCC before they can begin receiving benefits from the VA. (Continuing Education courses are not covered.)
  • Students must complete “VA Form 22-1990” if this is their initial application or “VA Form 22-1995” if they have previously received VA benefits at another institution.
  • Students must provide our office with a completed DD-Form 22-2384, Notice of Basic eligibility (NOBE).
  • Student must provide our office with a copy of:
    1. High school or GED transcript
    2. All college and military transcripts

The Montgomery GI Bill ( REAP) Chapter 1607

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.  This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

  • Students must apply and have been accepted into a degree program at SCC before they can begin receiving benefits from the VA. (Continuing Education courses are not covered.)
  • Students must complete “VA Form 22-1990” if this is their initial application or “VA Form 22-1995” if they have previously received VA benefits at another institution.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of their DD-214 Member 4 discharge papers.
  • Students must provide our office with a copy of:
    1. High school or GED transcript
    2. All college and military transcripts

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The Government matches your contributions on a $2 for $1 basis. This benefit may be used for approved degree and certificate programs here at SCC. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

NC National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The NC National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) program is available to any student who is an eligible member of the North Carolina National Guard and pays tuition/fees.

Students who wish to use TAP must submit a completed and signed OTAGNC Form 621-100 from their Commanding Officer. This form must be completed and approved by the A6E50 each semester prior to last day of registration.

Sandhills Community College is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SMOC) and a participant in the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP).