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Veteran's Benefits

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) School Certifying Official (SCO) for veterans coordinates federal and state education benefit programs for veterans and eligible dependents through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The SCO will assist you with your application for benefits and certify your enrollment to the VA Regional Processing Office. Our office is located in Building A Room 28 at the Main Campus, 1845 Loop Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3601.  Our office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Contact us by phone at (800) 790-0990 or (270) 901-1000. 

VA Education Benefit Programs

Education benefits are authorized to veterans and qualified dependents of veterans under specific chapters of Title 38, U.S. Code, as determined by the DVA.  Each chapter has specific eligibility requirements.  The SCO cannot determine eligibility for DVA education benefits.

Changes

You MUST notify the SCO at SKYCTC if one of the following occurs:

  • change of course load

  • change of major/program of studies

  • change of address

  • depletion of VA educational benefits

  • term withdrawal

Drop/Add Courses

Reduction/increase in your enrollment must be reported to the SCO at SKYCTC by submitting a Change in Status form.

Withdrawals

VA will not pay benefits to an individual for a course from which the individual withdraws or receives a nonpunitive grade which is not used in computing the requirements for graduation.  All withdrawals must be reported to the SCO at SKYCTC by submitting a Change in Status form.

Chapters

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

  • Chapter 35-Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.  These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.  If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.

  • Chapter 1606-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve.  The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 1607-Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve and have spent at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation.  The reserve components consist of Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR and Marine Corps IRR.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.  You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by a public educational institution in the state where the school is located.  The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing.

  • Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation program is for service-disabled veterans who require further education to attain suitable, stable employment. This program may provide vocational and other training services and assistance including tutorial assistance, tuition, books, fees, supplies, handling charges, licensing fees and equipment and other training materials necessary.

Repeating A Course

If a veteran fails a required course, he/she may repeat that course with pay. However, he/she cannot repeat a course in which a "passing grade" is received.  Unless specified otherwise by the college, a "passing grade" is a D or higher.

Academic Progress

Veterans must attend classes regularly and continue to show satisfactory progress.  Benefit payments will not be made for courses in which you withdraw unless mitigating circumstances exist.

Other Information

  • Education benefits are paid one month in arrears.  For example, the education benefits payment for September will be received in October.
  • You must self-certify each month if you are receiving Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 benefits. You should receive your payment within a week to 10 days after self-certification.

  • Don't wait to make an inquiry.  If you think something is wrong, contact the SCO at once.  The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to get corrected.

  • If you are receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607, have your checks directly deposited in your checking or savings account. Call (877) 838-2778 to set up direct deposit.

  • Don't change programs or drop classes without checking with the SCO. These actions may cause an overpayment that you will have to pay back.  Overpayments will be deducted from your check until the overpayment is paid back.

  • If you change your mailing address, be sure to notify the VA and notify the SCO.  If a check is returned to the VA, no further checks will be sent until the address is corrected.

When You Have a Problem

You may contact the VA directly by using their toll-free inquiry line at (888) 442-4551 available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (particularly busy the first two weeks of each month).  You can contact them via the web at Ask A Question.