SWCC’s Veterans Certifying Official coordinates all Veterans’ educational benefits for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the College.
Veterans and dependents of Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students who wish to determine eligibility for Veteran educational benefits should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs. www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/ Once eligibility is determined, individuals should contact the certifying official at SWCC to complete the necessary forms to establish and maintain eligibility for benefits.
The VA requires students receiving educational benefits to be enrolled in an approved curriculum leading to a certificate or degree in order to receive benefits. Additional information is available from SWCC’s Veterans Certifying Official. Students who receive educational benefits are required to report enrollment each semester. In addition, students are responsible for reporting any changes of enrollment including classes that are canceled, added, dropped, or withdrawing from classes.
Full-time educational benefits are available to those registering for and maintaining 12 or more credits in degree program courses. Three-quarter-time benefits are paid for 9 to 11 credits and half-time benefits are paid for enrollment in 6 to 8 credits per semester. Active duty servicepersons and those registered for less than 6 credits are entitled to tuition reimbursement only. Certificate programs are measured differently for payment. Courses taken online and accelerated courses are also measured differently.
Students must contact the Veterans Certifying Official each semester to establish and maintain eligibility for educational benefits.
The office of the certifying official is located in Dellinger Hall, Room 215 and can also be reached at (276) 964-7290.
For additional information regarding Veterans Affairs, please refer to https://sw.edu/home2/admissions/veterans/
This institution is approved to offer Gl Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.
The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. Our office investigates complaints of Gl Bill® beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the school grievance policy , if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact the SAA office via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:
- A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® -Active Duty Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of Title 38, United States Code ,who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of their formal state of residence).
- Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located, and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service serving on active duty.
- A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of their formal state of residence).
- A spouse or child using benefits under Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance(Chapter 35) living in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of their formal state of residence).
- An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of their formal state of residence)effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019
- Anyone described above remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. Therefore, the described person must be enrolled in the institution and use educational benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 33 or 35 of Title 38, United States Code.
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 Webs site at http://www.benefis.va.gov/gibill