Each KCTCS college coordinates federal and state education benefit programs for veterans and eligible dependents through Veterans Services. Their offices will assist you with your application for benefits and certify your enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office.
Two weeks after graduating from high school, Danny joined the military where he worked as an Aviation & Communication Equipment Repair Specialist. Following his military career, he enrolled at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) to study nursing.
In 2008 he graduated from HCC and was hired by Gateway Medical Center in Hopkinsville. He is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in nursing and will graduate in December 2012.
"Education has truly changed my outlook — I look forward with positive hopes for my future and the future of my family."
The following VA benefit programs are in place at all KCTCS colleges:
VA students are eligible to apply for VA work study positions. KCTCS colleges may offer positions such as customer service work study positions in the academic affairs and student services departments. Additional VA work study information is available at the VA GI Bill website.
Eligibility for VA educational benefits are determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri. Forms may be obtained online at www.gibill.va.gov. Students eligible to receive VA educational benefits must submit a copy of their schedule to the college's VA Coordinator. Any change in your program or schedule must be promptly reported. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the college VA Coordinator upon enrollment at a KCTCS college.
After gaining admission to a KCTCS college, students should go online to www.gibill.va.gov to begin the process of applying for VA benefits. If you are a veteran transferring from another school, you must fill out Form 22-1995 "Change of Program or Place of Training." If you are a family member or dependent, you must fill out Form 22-5495 "Change of Program or Place of Training." The following documents should be presented to the college's VA Coordinator when making application for VA benefits:
Students are responsible for paying all college tuition and fees. KCTCS and the VA do not have an agreement to process tuition/fee waivers; therefore, failure of the VA to pay students in a timely manner does not eliminate or delay students' financial responsibility to the college. It normally takes the St. Louis VA processing center 6-8 weeks to process new education claims, so please plan accordingly.
Veteran students at KCTCS colleges have ongoing responsibilities to the VA. The college VA Coordinators closely monitor each student's enrollment status and academic program. The student's entitlement is based on the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled. Current pay rates can be viewed on the GI Bill website.
Veteran students at KCTCS colleges must do the following to ensure continued benefits:
All students receiving Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 benefits must verify their monthly enrollment on the last day of each month or after. The benefit (monetary award) will not be released by the VA until this is done. Enrollment verification can be accomplished by using the VA toll-free telephone number 1-877-823-2378 or the WAVE feature found on the VA website www.gibill.va.gov.
KCTCS does process VA Advance Pay, but must be notified and processed 60 to 120 days BEFORE the start of the semester/term.
The Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program is an educational benefit provided for children, step-children, adopted children, spouses, and un-remarried widows and widowers in recognition of military service of certain disabled or deceased Kentucky veterans. Additional information about this program and the application process is available at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.
KCTCS is required to evaluate prior educational training and experience. This includes military training and experience received while on active duty and any coursework taken at educational institutions even if the coursework was not paid for with VA benefits.
Military credit / transcripts can be obtained from the following locations: