Getting Started

You’ll need some basic information to get started on your academic career here at the Community College of Vermont. This section provides more detailed information on how best to begin.

Apply for Benefits

All students, regardless of what benefits they think they may be eligible for, should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

New CCV students who have not used any VA educational assistance programs should begin the process by applying for education benefits online using the VA VON-APP system at least six to eight weeks prior to registering for classes.

Reservists who have not used any of their Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Educational Assistance (Chapter 1606) benefits will need the original DD Form 2384-1: Notice of Basic Eligibility.

Dependents who have not received Dependents’ Educational Assistance Benefits Chapter 35, will need to apply using VA Form 22-5490 (PDF) or provide a previously issued Certificate of Eligibility.

Transfer students who have received VA educational assistance benefits at other institutions of higher education only need to complete a VA 22-1995 Change in Place of Training Form (PDF).

Continuing students can be certified for benefits each semester as soon as they have registered and requested certification from their Certifying Official. Only classes which fulfill a student’s specific degree requirement on their degree program will be certified.

Disabled veterans are eligible for considerable financial help when they apply for Vocational Rehabilitation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. You must have a VA certified disability rating of at least 20 percent. You will receive authorization directly from the VA. You must still request certification from your CCV VA Certifying Official each semester.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill to Dependents

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33, offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

For more information on the transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and on eligibility requirements, see the VA’s website at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html

Military Transcripts

You may receive college credit based on your military experience and training, saving you time and money. One of the ways this is possible is by submitting your military transcript to the registrar’s office for evaluation of credit. If you are using Title IV Financial Aid, this is a requirement prior to receiving aid.

The Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy are now producing a Joint Services Transcript (JST). To request your transcript, go to the JST site, set up a username and password to the system and submit a request for an official transcript to Community College of Vermont’s Registrar’s Office electronically. Typically, transcripts are received by CCV in 3-5 business days. Access JST at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

For Air Force Transcripts (CCAF) go to http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp.

For questions regarding your military transcript, please contact the CCV Registrar’s Office at registrar@ccv.edu

College Credit for Your Military Experience

As veterans, you have gained a lot of skills and knowledge that can be applied to other professions…and to college! Your leadership skills, technical skills, management and planning skills, supervisory skills, business skills, to name just a few, might compare to the knowledge others gain in a college classroom. At CCV, we offer several excellent and convenient options to turn your learning into college credit that be applied towards your degree—and to get you to graduation faster. Explore other ways to apply your military experience toward college.

Research Your Options

Use these planning and consumer tools to evaluate all of your options and compare your school choices:

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Enhanced services for military veterans at CCV are funded by the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, Bari and Peter Dreissigacker, and the Vermont Community Foundation.

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