Changes coming your way.
See what may affect you under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 also known as the “Forever GI Bill® (FGIB)”
Below are some of the changes. For more information on all changes, please visit the VA’s website at: Forever GI Bill®.
- The 15-year time limitation to use Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits is eliminated for Veterans who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013.
- Assistance for Students Affected by School Closures and Certain Disapprovals. VA is now authorized to restore benefits and provide relief to education beneficiaries affected by school closures or certain disapprovals.
Changes coming soon on or after August 1, 2018:
- Update as of April 5, 2018: Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) will be calculated based on location of the campus where the student attends the majority of their classes. A “campus” may include internships, externships, training, practicums, etc. VA is working with your School Certifying Officials to implement this change and ensure you receive your monthly housing payment. Students can expect to see changes in their monthly housing allowance after August 1, 2018.
PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Veterans Affairs has advised all schools to delay certifications for Fall 2018 until July 1 or later. This only affects Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) recipients only.
- Changes to Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA): DEA will decrease the amount of entitlement from 45 months to 36 months. This change will apply to those individuals who enroll after August 1, 2018.
- Consolidation of Benefit Levels under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® program. Eliminates the 40-percent benefit level and expands the 60-percent benefit level under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® program due to the aggregate service period.
- More Benefits for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs: VA will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to certain eligible individuals. This expansion becomes effective on August 1, 2019
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.
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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.
CalVet Fee Waiver Information
Resident Enrollment Fees
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.
Bud & Betty's Place For Veterans
Open for all Student Veterans and Active Duty Service Members!!!
Stop on by for a visit!!
Student Veterans of Copper Mountain College (SVCMC)
Student Veterans of Copper Mountain College (SVCMC) invite all student Veterans and active duty military to stop by Bud & Betty’s Place for Veterans, Located in the 300 Quad opposite Bruce’s Place.
To learn more about the SVCMC stop by and speak with one of the members or talk to Veterans Services at 760.366.3791 ext. 5813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Labyrinth at CMC's Bell Center
TA & the GI Bill®
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 is in effect Spring 2015 until further notice is given by the DoD.
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.
RN Program Advanced Placement - Military Challenge
Honorably discharged individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations [Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)] may apply for Advanced Placement into RN Program N-015 Concepts of Nursing Practice I of the RN Program.
For more information, please see the Health Sciences webpage: https://www.cmccd.edu/prospective-students/health-sciences/
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.
Veterans Other Useful Information
Copper Mountain College is pleased to provide above the minimum required services and resources. Please see the link below for additional resources offered on campus and in the community.
Apply for the Board of Governor’s Waiver and a Pell Grant!!
GI Bill Comparison Tool: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison
Complaint Link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp
Discharge Upgrade Info – gibill.custhelp.com
Veterans Upward Bound – www.navub.org/
Transcripts – https://jst.doded.mil/smart/
Affordable Care Act – http://www.va.gov/health/aca/
California Career Cafe for Veterans – http://www.cacareercafe.com/veterans/
Mesothelioma Veterans Center MesotheliomaVeterans.org
VETERANS RESOURCES TOOLKIT
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 talking 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.