If you’re a veteran, please review the different forms and resources offered at CMC.
Important Forms for Veterans
Veterans Priority Registration
If you’re a veteran or are in active duty stationed in California, CMC offers priority registration 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 your prior military service. Common examples of proof include:
Department of Veterans Affair ID
Bring the ID or forms to Veterans Services on the main campus.
If you are already processed and enrolled with Veterans Services, please fill out one of the VA Approval Forms.
New students who intend to use education benefits must contact Veterans Services by phone or email:
Note: Veterans’ dependents do not qualify for this benefit.
CalVet Fee Waiver
If you are a dependent of a veteran, you may apply for the CalVet Fee Waiver, as approved by California. This benefit waives any mandatory tuition and fees at any CSU, UC, or California Community College including Copper Mountain College.
The Program doesn’t cover book expenses, parking, or room and board. To learn more about the program and the different plans that are offered, go to the CalVet College Fee Waiver page.
Go through the CalVet Check List to go over anything you need to do to take advantage of this amazing benefit.
Tuition Assistance & the GI Bill®
Recent Department of Defense Changes to the Tuition Assistance Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced in 2015 that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance (TA) for classes if you are also receiving benefits from 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)
This also includes any other GI Bill® program including:
- Active-Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code)
- The post-9/11 GI Bill® program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code)
If you are attending college, you must choose to receive either 1606/1607 or Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).
GI Bill® Information
- Chapter 30
- Chapter 33
- Chapter 35
- Chapter 31 Voc Rehab
CMC is happy to offer services and resources to all student veterans. Please check out the links below for any additional resources offered on campus and in the community.
To remain current with what is going on in CMC’s Veteran Community, follow Copper Mountain College Veterans Services Facebook Page.
Compare your GI Bills with the VA’s GI Bill Comparison Tool.
At CMC, we’re committed to giving you the best education and resources as possible. If there’s something wrong, please fill out a complaint form and proceed with the grievance procedure that’s outlined on page 26 of the CMC Academic Catalog.
If you still feel as though isn’t meeting the standards outlined by the VA Principles of Excellence program, then we encourage you to submithttps://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp feedback to the VA.
If you’re a veteran, please be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers who are 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 you dial the fraudulent number by mistake, they will try to offer a gift card; this is used to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information. The scammers may even transfer you to the VA after they’ve gained your information.
The VA will never ask you for your 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.
Avoid these FAKE numbers:
Fake 800.872.1000 (fake VA National Call Center)
Fake 888.442.4511 (fake VA GI Bill® Call Center)
Call the REAL numbers:
The VA National Call Center: 800.827.1000
The VA GI Bill® Call Center: 888.442.4551
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.