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Veterans Affairs

The Financial Aid/Veterans office acts as liaison to the Veterans Administration and assists veterans and their dependents in reaching their educational goals. Below are the current programs available to eligible veterans, service persons and dependents seeking assistance for education. Active duty personnel are reimbursed only for actual tuition and fees.

Montgomery Bill (Chapter 30)

To be eligible, students must have begun service July 1, 1985, or after, served two or three years of continuous active duty, have a high school diploma or equivalent, contributed $100 per month for the first 12 months of service and have an honorable separation.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31) To be eligible, a veteran must have a 20 percent or more service-connected disability.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)

A contributory program for veterans who enlisted after Dec. 31, 1976, through June 30, 1985.

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Chapter 33)

To be eligible, a student must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and still be on active duty, honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty for further service in a reserve component. A student may also be eligible if he/she was honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.

Dependents G.I. Bill® (Chapter 35)

To be eligible, a student must be the child or spouse of a veteran who died while on active duty or who has a service- connected disability rated at 100 percent total and permanent.

Information for students using Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits (Chapter 31)

A student using Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits may enroll and attend courses and access campus facilities while the campus awaits payment for tuition and fees from the VA. While waiting for receipt of funds from the VA, Allan Hancock College will not charge or otherwise penalize Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students.

For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or his/her Education Enrollment Status printed from the VA ebenefits website, and a Vocational Rehabilitation student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form.

Additional information requested by the School Certifying Official to certify enrollment to the VA:

  • DD-214 (Veteran student only, member 4 copy)
  • Official prior college and military transcripts
  • Student Education Plan (SEP) prepared by an academic counselor

For more information regarding this policy, contact your School Certifying Official.

G.I. Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Additional information regarding education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Disabled Veterans’ Dependents College Fee Waiver

Students may qualify to receive a waiver of state college tuition and registration fees administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA). Students must meet the California residency requirements as determined by the college:

  1. The spouse, child, or unremarried widow of a veteran who is totally service-connected disabled (100 percent) or died of a service-related death may qualify. The veteran must have served during a qualifying war period and be honorably discharged. This program does not have an income limit. The student may also receive federal education benefits (Chapter 35) concurrently.
  1. The child of a veteran who has a service-connected disability (zero percent or greater) or died of a service-related death may also qualify for a waiver of fees. Students are required to meet the annual income limit which includes the student’s reportable income and the value of support provided by the parents, which cannot exceed $12,209 annually.

  2. Any dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried, of any member of the California National Guard, who in the line of duty, and while in the active service of the state, was killed, died of a disability resulting from an event that occurred while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occurred while in the active service of the state. “Active service of the state,” for the purposes of this subdivision, means a member of the California National Guard activated pursuant to Section 146 of the Military and Veterans Code. For eligibility determination, please contact the local county Veteran Service office.

Selected Reserve Education Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)

To be eligible, a reservist must have enlisted or reenlisted for six or more years in the Selected Reserves after July 1, 1985, have a GED or high school diploma, and have completed the IADT and 180 days of service in the reserves.

Initial applicants must provide county-recorded copies of all DD 214s showing the character of separation. Chapter 30 applicants who have old G.I. Bill® eligibility must also provide county-recorded documents of marriage and birth certificates for all dependent children. Applicants should allow at least two months for the VA to process an initial claim and are advised to be prepared for financial emergencies.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

To be eligible, members of the Reserve components must be called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

Academic Requirements

All VA recipients are required to maintain satisfactory progress toward their educational objective and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) for each period of enrollment. A separate Veterans’ Bulletin outlining standards of progress and attendance is available to all veterans. It is essential that all recipients are thoroughly familiar with these federally mandated standards.

Evaluation is required to allow credit for prior training, including college, military and correspondence school. Military evaluations may be obtained free for those who have entered service since Oct. 1, 1981.

All students must have an approved Student Education Plan (SEP) prepared by a counselor no later than the end of the first period of enrollment. Entering students who have earned 24 or more units will not be certified for VA assistance until the course requirement list is prepared. All transcripts and military evaluations must be on file prior to this counseling. VA policy prohibits payment for any course not required for graduation in the student’s stated objective.

Further information for benefits may be obtained from the Financial Aid/Veterans office 1-805 922-6966 ext. 3200, Student Services, building A, Santa Maria campus; the Lompoc Valley and Vandenberg AFB centers; or at the County Veterans Service Office at 624 W. Foster Road, Suite A, Santa Maria 1-805-346-7160, or the County Veterans Service Office, 401 E. Cypress Avenue, Lompoc, 1-805-737-7900.