Why Sandhills?

At Sandhills Community College, we pride ourselves on being military-friendly.  We are a Principles of Excellence institutional, and to us, “military-friendly” is not just a label; it is how we do business. The following services and resources detail how we define being military-friendly.

Academic

Academic Credit:  We believe that giving academic credit for military experience is at the core of being a military friendly institution.  The Registrar’s Office carefully evaluates each Joint Services Transcript to determine what past military experiences transfer into academic credit.

Calls of Duty:  For service members called up to duty during the middle of a semester, we work with them to ensure that they are able to return to our institution in good academic and financial standing.  If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs, Lindsey Farmer at 910-695-3952 or farmerl@sandhills.edu, and she will be happy to help you.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Active Duty:  Because SCC is a public institution and part of the North Carolina Community College System, we are offer out-of-state tuition waivers for active duty service members and their dependents.  These waivers allow military families the opportunity to take advantage of the in-state tuition rate.

Veterans:  In addition, qualifying veterans and/or their dependents using VA education benefits may also qualify to receive an out-of-state tuition waiver under the NC 702 Bill.  The SCC VA Office notifies students of their eligibility as they work through the certification process.

Student Resources

SCC Veterans Center, located in Boyd Library, provides a space for veteran students to study, relax, and each lunch.  The center is outfitted with a small kitchen area that includes a coffee bar and water filling station, a lounge area with a TV, and comfortable tables and chairs for studying.  The VA Certifying Officials’ office are also located within the center.

Childcare Grants are available to assist students who want to return to college but need assistance covering daycare costs associated with their young children.  Although participants do not have to be military, we realize that often times military families are stationed distances from family members who traditionally help with child care.  As such, we like to ensure that veterans and military students are aware of the program.

A Veterans Newsletter, which details campus activities, community, related veteran events, job fairs, and other opportunities, is emailed regularly to veteran students at their SCC student email address.

Advising and Counseling Resources

The SCC VA Office provides detailed and one-on-one information sessions regarding enrollment steps, VA benefits options, advising, ADA services, and program information, to students using VA education benefits.

The SCC Career Center is available to help you with career planning and job search tools. They also provide guidance on converting military experience to the civilian workforce regarding resume writing, mock interviews, and overall career counseling.

Professional counselors are on campus to help you with academic, personal, mental, or social issues that my be interfering with your academic success.

The VA Mobile Vet Center, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and staffed with professional VA representatives, regularly visits campus to assist military students with various services, to include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Marital and family counseling for issues related to the readjustment of the Veteran
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Medical referrals
  • VA benefits explanation and referral
  • Employment counseling, guidance, and referrals
  • Alcohol/ substance abuse assessments and referrals
  • Information and referral to community resources
  • Military sexual trauma counseling & referral
  • Outreach and Community education

Student Life and Opportunities for Campus Involvement

The SCC Student Veterans Club provides opportunities for veterans, active duty service members, and any other interested students to interact with each other and participate in campus activities.  The faculty advisor for the program is John Regan, and he may be reached at reganj@sandhills.edu.

A week of Veterans Day celebrations includes a special breakfast, an evening concert, and daily branch recognition days.

Red, white, and blue graduation cords are handed out and worn by veteran and active duty students during the College’s annual commencement ceremony each May.