CMC Commencement 2015
Pursuant to the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice, VACA), Copper Mountain College offers resident enrollment fees to all covered individuals, effective July 1, 2015.
Eligible Veterans and dependents initially determined to be subject to out of state tuition should submit a change of status form with required documentation to Veterans Services. Veterans Services may be contacted at 866-366-3791 x5813 or email@example.com.
Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill program other than the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code). Students must choose to receive either 1606/1607 or Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).
This will be in effect starting Spring 2015 until further notice is given by the DoD.
Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill® Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.
The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill® Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.
2014-2015 Scholarship Tea - Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Scholarship Winners
Press Release: Col. E. T. (Bud) Garrett USMC (ret.) donates to help fundraising efforts for CMC Students.
Military Appreciation Tree Flyer
Veterans Services Office
The Veterans Services Office is located in the Office of Student Services. Office personnel are available to assist eligible veterans, dependents, and reservists in obtaining their VA educational benefits and achieve their educational goals.
For general GI Bill® information, please call 866-366-3791 ext. 5813, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please feel free to call/email with general GI Bill® questions.
Your Veterans Services representative is Lynda Burns. She can be reached at 866-366-3791 ext. 5803, or email email@example.com . Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns.
Please note: All students using VA Benefits may choose to register on Base. However, it is the student's responsibility to ensure their VA file is complete. Failure to do so will delay processing by the College and the VA.
ADDITIONALLY: If you are Active Duty and intend to use Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits, please contact our Base Programs Office at 760-830-6133, 760-366-3791 x4368, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are the spouse of an Active Duty member and intend to use the MyCAA program, please contact the CMC Cashier's Office at 760-366-3791 x5312 or email email@example.com .
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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
The Department of Veterans Affairs San Bernardino Vet Center is providing the following services at CMC's Main Campus: Readjustment Counseling, Overview of Benefits and Referral Services. See flyer for additional information!
Veterans Priority Registration
Copper Mountain College offers priority registration to all veterans, regardless of separation date or use of GI Bill® benefits. This exceeds the minimum standard set by the State of California. To obtain priority status, please bring proof of prior military service (retired ID, Department of Veterans Affair ID, DD 214, etc.) to Veterans Services on the main campus. Veterans dependents do not qualify for this benefit.
CMC Receives The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Scholarship to Benefit Veterans!
For additional Information, please see: http://www.cmccd.edu/Scholarships
Veteran Program Course Requirements
Students are required to maintain regular class attendance and satisfactory progress. Veterans, dependent and reservists must declare a major and are responsible for enrolling only in classes required for their major.
Students may receive benefits when repeating a course in which a grade of "F" or "NC" was received if the course is required or if the course is a prerequisite to a required course. In some cases a course in which a "D" was received may be repeated. Notify the Veterans Office of any course you are planning to repeat.
All student using GI Bill® benefits must submit official transcripts and complete a student education plan (SEP) by the end of the first semester of attendance.
Check with the Veterans Services Office before registering for a course that does not begin on the first date of the semester and end on the last date of the semester.
The Veterans Services Office must immediately report status changes as well as withdrawals to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to avoid possible overpayment of benefits and subsequent billing from the Department of Veterans Affairs, it is imperative that students collecting benefits report all course changes and withdrawals immediately to the Admissions & Records Office and to the Veterans Services Office.
VA Student Checklist
VA Financial Aid "Shopping List"
VA SUMMER 2015 Semester Approval Form
VA FALL 2015 Semester Approval Form
10 Tips for New Students
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Major Change in State Course Repetition Policy - October 2012
The State of California has revised the regulations regarding limits on the number of times a student can repeat a course to improve a substandard grade (D, F) or after withdrawing (W) from the same course.
Students with the grades of D, F, or W are limited to a total of three (3) enrollments in the same course. After this point, the student cannot retake the course at CMC.
It is vital that you complete your courses with a “C” or better. Otherwise, you will not be able to retake the course at CMC.
PLEASE NOTE: This does not guarantee payment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Other Useful Information and Resources
Toolkit for Training Faculty to Best Serve Student Veterans
Veterans Labyrinth at CMC's Bell Center
Criminal Background Checks
Some academic programs at the College require a criminal background check. Students should be aware that the results of the background check may have an impact on academic program eligibility or clinical/community site placement. You may be denied access to a program on the basis of the results of the background check. The College is required to comply with licensing requirements and with policies of our partner agencies. If you have a felony or a misdemeanor in your background, please see your program director to discuss the impact on your academic and professional career.
Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
Copper Mountain College maintains membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). The SOC concept is based on the fact that military life is keyed to mobility. SOC colleges make every effort to respond to the service member's special need by (1) having admissions policies related to the life conditions of military personnel, (2) providing special services, and (3) giving special consideration to military personnel and veterans making application to Copper Mountain College.