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Veterans Services

The mission of Veterans Services at South Mountain Community College is to act as a liaison between veteran students and the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of certifying veteran educational benefits. The office serves as the primary contact in assisting veterans with completing the necessary paperwork to ensure proper VA educational entitlements.  Students are provided with:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Educational Benefits Information
  • Academic Advisement

South Mountain Community College Veterans Services will also make referrals and guide students to other campus resources, including tutoring, personal and career counseling, disability services and financial aid.

To contact the SMCC Veterans Services Office, call 602.872.7730 or email veterans@southmountaincc.edu.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

If you would like to use your military tuition assistance benefits the first step is always to connect with the education service officer (ESO) from your branch of service and get approval from your command. They will have detailed information on the process for your specific branch of service.

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. The Tuition Assistance Program will fund up to 100 percent of your college tuition and certain fees with the following limits:

  • Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter credit hour
  • Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year (Oct 1 – Sep 30)

For more information:

Army: https://www.goarmyed.com/

Marine Corps: https://www.marines.mil/

Navy: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/

Air Force: https://www.my.af.mil/

Coast Guard: https://www.uscg.mil/forcecom/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/ETQC/Voluntary-Education/

Education and Training GI BILL® Benefit Chapters

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® Active Duty/Veterans

Eligibility may be established using active duty service performed on or after 9-11-01. You may apply online by visiting www.va.gov.

Please be advised: The Veterans Center will require a copy of the Certificate Of Eligibility (COE), JSTs, and transcripts from all previously attended schools.

All Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients registering for classes MUST complete a VA deferment (promissory note) at our office every semester. This is important so that your classes will not be dropped on the tuition and fee payment due dates.

For more information: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans in starting their own business or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

To be eligible, service members must:

    • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
    • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services
    • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA

For more information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/employment_tracks.asp

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty/Veterans

Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation. VA pays the veteran a monthly stipend. Must submit a monthly certification of attendance.

For more information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp

Chapter 35 Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance GI BILL®

Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.<\p>

If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit.

For more information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Chapter 33, Post-9/11 Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

Eligibility to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependents is based on length of service and retirement eligibility date. Only active service persons can transfer entitlement.

Transferring benefits is a two-step process:

      • The service member must apply with the Department of Defense for approval to transfer the benefits when on active duty service.
      • Once DoD approval is received, the spouse or child applies through VONAPP at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill to complete the transfer.

For more information: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® Fry Scholarship

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) pays eligible dependents up to 36 months of the full, 100% level, Post-9/11 GI BILL® benefit. This includes tuition and fee payment, a monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. The Fry Scholarship is available for children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

For more information: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/factsheets/Fry_Scholarship.pdf

Chapter 1606/1607, 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 declared by the president or Congress. VA pays a monthly stipend based on the length of active duty service. Must submit a monthly certification of attendance.

For more information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

VA Work-Study Program

This is a tax-free employment program through the VA. You must be enrolled at least ¾ time and be receiving VA educational benefits. Please inquire directly with Veterans Services if you are interested in participating in the work-study program. Please have an updated resume in hand.

Contact Veterans Services with any questions: (602) 872-7730 or veterans@southmountaincc.edu

South Mountain Community College Veterans Services does not determine a veteran’s eligibility for benefits. The office will assist in the completion of applications and communication of veteran student enrollment to the VA for the purposes of certification and receipt of benefits. For more information regarding individual eligibility for these and other educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Center at 1.888.442.4551 or visit online at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Forms for VA Education Certification

Students must fill out an Application for VA Educational Benefits also known as VONAPP (Form 22-1990). This can be done by going to: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp

Request For Benefits (RFB) form:

  • This form needs to be completed and turned into the Veterans Services Office after you enroll EVERY SEMESTER.

Change of Place or Training:

  • This form needs to be completed if you are changing PARENT schools for VA Benefits, or if you are changing your declared PROGRAM of STUDY with Veterans Services.

Please keep in mind that students have to see an academic advisor every semester. Your advisor will provide you with an Advisement Report and an Education Plan. Please bring these forms to Veterans Services.

Everyone receiving education benefits MUST complete a VA Deferment (promissory note) at our office every semester after registering for classes. This is important so that your classes will not be dropped on the tuition and fee payment due dates.

Important Contact Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Veterans Crisis Line or if you are in crisis and need to speak with a crisis responder, please call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
  • Education and Training – Education Benefits Website
    • Phone number- 1.888.442.4551
  • eBenefits – A site where you can manage your benefits, track the status of your benefit claims (compensation, pension, and housing) and your enrollment for education. You can also find your VA letters, official military records with your DD 214, personnel files, and health records.
  • WAVE – Enrollment Verification for CH30, 1606
  • Phoenix Regional Office – Information and location of the local Phoenix Regional Office.

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services – AZDVS is not the VA, rather, they work with the VA and other entities, both public and private, to assist our Arizona veterans in gaining access to benefits to which they are entitled. As an Arizona state agency, they assist our veterans in numerous ways. Visit their website for more information.

Community Resources for Military Affiliated Students

Scholarships for Military Affiliated Students

Request JSTs (Joint Service Transcripts)

Army/Marines/Navy/Coast Guard Community College of the Air Force

CLEP – Exams are funded by the United States Government through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), which means that you could save money obtaining your degree. More Information

Federal Department of Veteran Affairs – Health, Compensation, Home Loan, Education, Appeals, Life Insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation & Burial Benefit Information. More Information

Additional Local Support

Military and Veteran Success Centers – For the East and West Valley The Vet Center – Counseling services for veterans and their families, including post-war adjustment assistance. Offices located throughout Arizona.

Mission Statement

SMCC Veterans & Friends Community welcomes veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces who have served during times of peace and times of war.  The club links veterans and their family members from all branches of military service.  The club strives to support veterans by encouraging lifestyle management principles that contribute to success with their academic, community, spiritual, and emotional needs.  Such success will lead them to become contributing citizens, and enjoy professional and civic achievement.

Veteran’s Club Contacts:

VFC Main Email: smccvetclub@southmountaincc.edu

VFC  Advisor: Karla DeVoll | karla.devoll@southmountaincc.edu