Educational Benefits

Below are the steps of enrollment to begin utilizing your educational benefits with the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs at Sandhills Community College.

Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits

Please note that for all chapters Continuing Education courses are not covered.

This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • DD-214 Member 4 discharge papers.
  • High school or GED transcript.
  • All college and military transcripts.

Formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, VR&E covers job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. New applicants are highly encouraged to speak with a VR&E Counselor (nearest location is the Soldier Support Center on Ft. Bragg.) For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veteran Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • Confirmation page of VA Form 28-1900 and official VR&E approval letter.
  • DD-214 Member 4 discharge papers.
  • High school or GED transcript.
  • All college and military transcripts.

This bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability with at least 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible. For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veteran Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • DD-214 Member 4 discharge papers.
  • High school or GED transcript.
  • All college and military transcripts.

The John Fry Scholarship is for children and spouses of certain veterans. For more information visit the VA Website. Transfer of Entitlement (TOE) beneficiaries are qualified dependents that received a transfer of the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® from a qualified sponsor (service member) that served active duty or in the Selected Reserve. For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • Confirmation page of the completed form.
  • High school or GED transcript.

The DEA Program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are 100% 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. For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Confirmation page of VA Form 22-5490 or VA Form 22-5495.
  • High school or GED transcript.
  • All college or trade school transcripts.

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. For more information visit the VA Website.

Submit to the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Submit to SCC:

  • Confirmation page of VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-1995.
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), DD-Form 22-2384. This form is issued through the Guard/Reserve Unit.
  • High school or GED transcript.
  • All college or trade school transcripts.

Certification Process & Forms:

  • All required documents (i.e. high school transcripts and all college/university or trade school transcripts) must be on file before the certification process can be initiated.
  • Once students have met with their academic advisors to successfully register for classes, students must complete a “Cert Alert,” which is located in Go to eForms.

Note: Students must complete and have an approved Student Responsibility Form on file each semester.

 

Active Duty Tuition Assistance (TA)

About Tuition Assistance:

  • TA is available to Soldiers through ArmyIgnitED 2.0 
  • TA Request (TAR’s) can be requested up to 60 days prior to the class start date but must be submitted no later than 7 days before the start date of the term (no exceptions).
  • TA is requested on a course-by-course basis. Soldiers are eligible for a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year (fiscal year runs 10/1-9/30), paid at most $250 per credit for a total of $4,000 towards tuition. TA does not cover the comprehensive fee or any tuition differential fees or course fees. 
  • Soldiers need their Degree Plan and Student ID before beginning the process.

Steps to use Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) through ArmyIgnitED 2.0 system:

    • Soldiers are to seek all assistance with TAR’s by consulting with their nearest Education Center.

To apply for Air Force Tuition Assistance, go to the Air Force Portal.

You will be unable to apply online for TA if the following applies to you:

  • Missing grades over 60 days from course end date.
  • Suspense dates that have expired.
  • Missing personal data in the education record including: Phone, DOS, DOB, Unit, Office Symbol, Mailing Address, Email Address, base, and Education Level.
  • Requesting TA for courses that start more than 30 days into the future.
  • Requesting TA for courses that have already started.
  • No degree plan in records.

If you receive a grade of incomplete from a school, you have as much time as the school allows you or 12 months from the end of the term, whichever comes first, to clear the incomplete. If you fail to provide a grade that clears the incomplete by that time, the College is obligated to recover the tuition assistance.

Air Force TA Website 

After completing the necessary requests and requirements found on the Navy TA Website, submit a TA application in the MyNavy Education portal.

TA is available to Naval Officers, Enlisted active duty personnel and Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more. To qualify, service members must:

  • Be on active duty for the whole length of the course.
  • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
  • Receive counseling from a Navy College Office.

Students must provide all grades from previously funded TA courses and reimburse all punative grades.

Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted with command verification.

Navy TA Website 

After completing education counseling, apply for TA in the WebTA portal.

  • First-time students must complete a TA Orientation Class PRIOR to using TA.
  • Marines must apply for and receive written authorization for TA through the appropriate education office, PRIOR to enrollment.
  • TA for remote Marines and those assigned to other service sites is processed at Camp Lejeune for those east of the Mississippi and Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi. I-I duty Marines apply through MARFORRES, New Orleans. Recruiters apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.
  • Once a Marine is enrolled with TA, he or she must submit a degree plan before exceeding 12 semester hours.

Marine Corps TA Website 

  • Will be authorized “up-front” for traditional college coursework for courses less than 18 weeks in length. Courses may be resident or remote.
  • There is no limitation on the use of TA when a member is receiving “financial aid” such as a student loan, Sallie Mae, Stafford loan, etc.
  • All courses must be taken from a nationally or regionally accredited institution, resulting in college credit or accredited clock or contact hours.
  • Direct expenses for instruction such as laboratory, studio, and shop fees may be included in the computation of education expenses covered by the 100% limitation for off-duty education. However, these costs are based on specific fees or charges customarily levied by educational institutions and are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.

Coast Guard TA Website 

  • An educational reimbursement program for actively drilling Army & Air National Guard members of North Carolina.
  • Available for use before attending IADT.
  • Funding applicable at community colleges, technical, trade, or vocational training, proprietary and State educational institutions (two-year, four-year, graduate degree programs).
    • Payable at the in-state tuition rate only.

Note: Members must have a minimum obligation of two years remaining as a member of the North Carolina National Guard from the time of application

Spouses

  • MyCAA Scholarship (up to $4,000 of tuition assistance)
    • The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), a component of Department of Defense, is a career development and employment assistance program. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certifications or certifications necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations.
    • For more information on the MyCAA Scholarship, please visit here.