Veterans Affairs Information
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Certification for VA Education benefits is
not automatic. Semester intent forms for veterans utilizing VA benefits will not
be accepted without a one semester educational plan signed by a counselor.
In order to guarantee timely processing of your military educational benefits
- Complete a one semester plan with a counselor during the designated veteran advising hours
- Complete your intent form
- Register for the recommended classes listed on your semester plan on your assigned day/time of registration
- Submit your intent form and one semester plan to the Veteran Services Office after you have registered
Remedial and deficiency courses offered as independent study (online) cannot be approved
and cannot be certified to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Remedial and deficiency
courses are courses designed to correct deficiencies in basic mathematics, English, and
reading at the elementary or secondary level. These courses can be certified as part
of an approved program, but only for students for whom a verifiable need has been
established through assessment AND are taking the course residentially (on campus).
Returning students who have been out of school for over 30 days and new
students may choose to receive Advanced Payment. This must be done no later
than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. Check with
for requirements, and dates in which
to apply for Advance Pay.
While receiving VA Educational benefits, students may be concurrently
enrolled at more than one school during the same semester. Whichever school
the student is pursuing a degree from will be the Parent School. Veteran
students must pick up a Veterans Affairs Parent School
Debbie Ayers, or an authorization letter from the advisor
at the student's Parent School. This form states
that the courses taken at the Supplemental School will be credited toward
the current major the student is pursuing. Veteran students are responsible
for informing the Supplemental School's Veterans' Office where their Parent
School is located. The Supplemental School will complete the certification
for the benefits form (VA form 22-1999) and send it to the Parent School.
Veteran students who receive benefits under Chapter 30, 34 and 1606 GI Bill,
have to verify their enrollment each month. These students will receive an
award letter from the VA Regional Processing Center in Muskogee, OK. Once
this is received, the student can self certify. To insure prompt payment of
benefits please self certify every month. The earliest this can be done is
the last day of the month. Monthly verification ( self certification ) can
be done via one of the following two ways:
Telephone - Using Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
Internet - WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment).
self-certify will cause your benefits to stop. You must do this every month
or you will not get paid!
Federal holidays may delay
receipt of the Student Verification of Enrollment and/or your check.
Direct deposit of VA educational benefits payment is now available for
Chapter 30 recipients. This program speeds up education and work study
payments. It also decreases chance of missing, lost, or stolen checks. As
easy as 1-2-3, Chapter 30 students may request direct deposit through the VA
by calling the VA at:
The VA will require students
to provide their VA file number, bank routing number, and checking/savings
Students may qualify to
receive assistance from the VA for individual tutoring. To qualify, they
must be enrolled in 1/2 time or better and have a deficiency in a subject
which they are currently drawing VA educational benefits for.
If eligible for tutoring
benefits under a GI Bill students may receive up to $1200 maximum for
tutoring. For further information and to apply for VA tutorial assistance,
Cuyamaca College Veteran Services is
currently accepting V.A. work study applications. Please
contact Debbie Ayers at (619) 660-4276 or via
e-mail at Debbie
This is a tax-free employment program through the VA. The hourly rate is the
Federal or State minimum wage, whichever is greater. Veteran students must be enrolled in and receiving educational
benefits at least 3/4 time (9, 10, 11 credit hours) rate.
For jobs off-campus VA work
study sites contact:
VA Regional Office
VA Medical Hospital (619) 552-8585
Rates depend upon amount contributed and/or length of time in service
(Number of months of contribution), as well as enrollment status. Inquire at
the Admissions and Records
Office for current pay
rates for each particular GI Bill.
Status by Number of Credits
||3.0 - 3.5
|Summer -- 6-week
||3.0 - 3.5
In compliance with the Department of Veteran Benefits, Circular 22-80-38,
the college has developed standards of progress. Each veteran student must
conform to these standards to be eligible of VA Educational Benefit
Certification. Each veteran student must read, sign, and return the original
copy of the Cuyamaca College Veterans Checklist to
Debbie Ayers when applying for benefits
and upon changing their major.
The following is designed to
assist students in getting started at Cuyamaca
initiating educational benefits:
Submit an application for admissions to
Request official transcripts from all
previously attended colleges, universities, and training institutes be
sent to the Cuyamaca College Admissions and
Obtain a Veterans' Information Packet
from the Cuyamaca College Veterans'
area in the Admissions and Records Office.
Obtain a Cuyamaca
College class schedule to determine class listings and
Schedule an appointment with a
Cuyamaca College counselor to formulate an
Submit the Veterans' Information Packet
and a copy of all DD 214s to the Cuyamaca College
Veterans' area in the Admissions and Records Office.
Visit the Veterans'
area EACH semester to complete a Veteran
Intent form in order to continue receipt of VA benefits.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/chat
, or text to 838255 to speak with qualified VA professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Information on signs of crisis and a self-check quiz
- Resource locator to find support