Veterans Services

Overview

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.

Benefits

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:

Forms

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.

Contact VA

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.

Other Resources

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.

Veterans Club

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

Hours of Operations

Normal Hours:
Mon–Fri - 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Summer Hours:
Mon–Fri - 7:30 AM–6:00 PM

Phone: 602-872-7730

veterans@southmountaincc.edu
Location: Student Services (SS) Building