Getting Started

20151001_downloadVetChecklist2-1024x495Getting started at CCV isn’t difficult, but there are some steps involved. Preview the steps down below. Download and print the checklist for a copy of these steps to work from offline.

First Steps

  • Apply for Admission (no cost) at – CCV is an open-admissions college and does not deny admission to any student. Be sure to declare yourself as a student veteran or dependent (if you plan to use benefits) in order for us to best assist you.
  • Contact Your Veteran & Military Resource Advisor (VMRA) – Email, call, or set up a face-to-face military readiness appointment with your VMRA.

Set Up Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits

  • Complete your Veterans Online Application for Education Benefits (VONAPP) – Submit your online at Print the a copy of the completed application for your records.
  • Yellow Ribbon? – For eligible students who have non-resident tuition costs. Visit the Yellow Ribbon Program page on the VA website for eligibility requirements. Download a Yellow Ribbon Application (PDF) from CCV.
  • Certificate of Eligibility – This paperwork comes in the mail 4-8 weeks after you complete the VONAPP. Bring a copy to your CCV center and have the front desk scan it to your VA School Certifying Official (SCO)—see below.

Access Department of Defense (DOD) Education Benefits

  • Active military using Tuition Assistance? – Contact and make an appointment to meet your unit’s Education Service Officer (ESO) to discuss Tuition Assistance TA procedures.

Required: Submit All Transcripts for Military Training and Other Colleges Attended

  • Military and/or Other College Official Transcripts – For all branches except Air Force, your military transcripts can be ordered from the JST System. Air Force members can receive their transcripts from the CCAF.
  • Transcripts from all other colleges should be sent to:

    CCV Transcript Clerk
    PO Box 489
    Montpelier, VT 05601

    Transcripts may also be emailed directly to

Supplement VA/DOD Benefits with Financial Aid

  • Free Application for Federal Student Assistance – We recommend all students apply for financial aid by completing their FAFSA.
  • Meet with Financial Aid Counselor – Make an appointment by calling your local CCV Academic Center or stop by the front desk to discuss state and federal aid possibilities, scholarships, and/or payment plans for coverage less than 100%.

Sign Up for the Right Classes and Get Ready for the Semester

    • Schedule a New Student Advising Appointment with Academic Advisor – Make an appointment at the front desk to discuss degree aspirations, class selection, accuplacers, transfer credits, and directed self-placement.
    • Accuplacers – Make an appointment at the front desk to take accuplacers.
    • Register & Certify — Make an appointment to see your Academic Advisor to register for classes. Bring a Request for Enrollment Certification form to be filled out with advisor.
    • Participate in an Orientation – We recommend that every new student participate in an orientation to become acquainted with center staff and faculty, and facility.
    • Books – Purchase your books and materials as soon as possible. Not all benefits provide a stipend for books and supplies. Check with your VMRA on your eligibility. Office Managers and front desk staff can also provide valuable information in getting those materials.
    • Parking – As each CCV Center Location is different, we ask you to talk to the front desk at your center about parking availability, passes, etc. Only Ch. 31 Veteran students may receive vouchers for parking passes (not needed at every Center).
    • Know Your Strengths – Each veteran and military student at CCV should take the StrengthsFinder assessment to learn more about their innate strengths and how to leverage them for personal, academic, and career success. Contact your VMRA for a special access code (provided free of charge) and then register/take the assessment at to receive a customized report.



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