This site was designed as a resource for veterans and their dependents/spouses using the GI Bill at Pitt Community College.
Veterans interested in enrolling at PCC - schedule an appointment here.
Schedule an appointment with the VA Representative.
Schedule an appointment with the Vet Center Representative for November 21, 2013. Appointments will be held in the Goess Student Center (registrants should check in in Goess 120).
Step 1: Complete Application for Benefits
To start the application process to use your GI Bill or to use the GI Bill of your spouse or parent, you first need to submit an application for benefits.
Application packets are available in the Veteran's Affairs Office located in the Goess Student Center Room 108 or a packet can be mailed directly to you. To request a packet to be mailed to you, please contact Sonji Rowsom at (252) 493-7323.
Please check the groups (A or B) below to see what information needs to accompany your application.
Group A: Individuals under the following categories:
- Ch. 30 - Active Duty/Former Active Duty
- Ch. 33 Post 09/11 GI Bill
- Ch. 33 TOE 09/11 GI Bill Transfer of Eligibility
- Ch. 1606 - Selected Reserve
- Ch. 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
Individuals applying for benefits under Group A are encouraged to submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4) or their Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) in addition to completing the application.
Group B: Individuals under the following category:
- Ch. 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Individuals applying for benefits under Group B are encouraged to submit a copy of their birth certificate (dependents) or their marriage certificate (spouses) in addition to completing the application.
Step 2: Submit all Official Transcripts
Prior to being certified for benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your high school/GED equivalency and from any college/universities you've attended to the Office of the Registrar. Click here for a printable transcript request form you can use to request transcripts from other institutions.
To check to see if your transcript has been received, you may contact the Registrar's Office at (252) 493-7232.
Step 3: Register & Pay for Classes
Once you've registered and paid for classes, you need to submit a copy of your schedule and a copy of your receipt of payment to the VA Certifying Official (VACO) located in the Goess Student Center Room 108.
For Ch. 33 participants, submit a copy of your schedule and the VACO will hold your seat in your classes while waiting for payment from the The Department of Veterans Affairs.
Once this information has been received, the VACO will submit your enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs. It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your information and for you to receive your first check.
Click here for a sample enrollment certification for Ch.'s 30, 1606, or 1607.
Click here for a sample enrollment certification for Ch. 35.
Individuals who are attending PCC may be eligible for an advanced payment of their GI Bil for their first semester only. The deadline for submitting an advanced payment is 45 days prior to the start of classes. All VA paperwork and official transcripts must be received prior to this deadline in order for the advanced payment to be submitted. For more information, please contact the VACO.
**Students receiving GI Bill benefits must submit a copy of their schedule and receipt of payment each semester they wish to be certified.
Step 4: Verify Enrollment (For individuals under Ch. 30, Ch. 1606, and Ch. 1607 only)
Prior to receiving your check, you must verify your enrollment at the end of the month on a monthly basis. You should wait until the end of the first month of school to verify your enrollment for the first time.
- Example: Fall 2008 -- verify for the first time on August 31st
You can verify your enrollment by one of the following methods:
- Interactive Voice Response (IVP) system at 1-877-823-2378
- Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) website
Click here for a printable enrollment verification sheet.
You can only receive VA funds for approved curriculum programs. Most degree programs are approved by VA, but if you're unsure, contact the VACO. Continuing education courses are not approved by VA.
VA will only pay for courses in your major. (This is why it's important to register/get advice on what to register for from your advisor) VA will not pay for independent study, audited classes, or credit by exam.
You are responsible for paying your tuition and fees up front as your enrollment certifications will not be processed by VA until after classes have begun. Unless you have other funds such as financial aid or tuition assistance, we will not be able to hold your schedule or make special arrangements for you. It is your responsibility to make arrangements to cover your tuition, fees, and book each semester.
It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your claim for benefits.
If you change your major, you must notify the VACO prior to changing it with the Registrar's office.
Any change in personal information (address, name, etc.) must be reported to our office if you wish for us to notify VA.
IMPORTANT!! Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive VA benefits. Click here for more information on the requirements.
It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in your schedule - dropping a class, adding a class, withdrawing from a class(es), etc.
If you withdraw from classes or don't report changes when verifying your enrollment, you may owe back money to VA. Contact the VACO before making changes to your schedule to double check or if you have any questions.
Department of Veterans Affairs**
**Information and updates on the New GI Bill can be found here
Current Education Benefit Payment Rates
Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation
North Carolina Army National Guard
Sonji Rowsom, VACO
Goess Student Center Room 108
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