Veterans' Affairs

About SVCC's Veterans' Affairs Department

With the goal of being known as "America's Most Veteran-Friendly State," Virginia provides many unique state benefits to supplement and expand on federal benefits for military families. These benefits are available to you at Southside Virginia Community College. Southside Virginia Community College is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.

The Office of Veterans' Services provides information and applications for VA educational benefits to active military service members, veterans, reservists, and eligible dependents. 

At SVCC we strive to make the veterans and veteran's dependents benefits process seamless and stress-free.  To achieve this open and constant communication is vital. Please feel free to reach out to the Office of Veterans' Services with any questions and concerns about your benefits.  We are here for you and to ensure your success. Thank you for your service and for choosing Southside Virginia Community College. Please send any questions, concerns, inquiries, or suggestions to vabenefits@southside.edu

Military (Department of Veterans Affairs) Delayed Payment Policy

National Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255

The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. That office investigates complaints of GI Bill beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the SVCC grievance policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at the school, the beneficiary should contact the SAA office via email at saa@dvs.virginia.gov

  • New Students

    What does Southside Virginia Community College need from you?

    Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility. 

    To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility you must apply for your benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    Apply online at  vonapp logo

    Veterans should fill out the VA Form 22-1990 for the following benefits:

    • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty - Chapter 30
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
    • Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve - Chapter 1606

    Veterans should fill out the VA Form 28-1990 for the following benefit:

    • Veterans applying for Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment 

     

    Once you have completed the form, mail it to the appropriate VA Regional Regional Processing Office. Our region is the Eastern Region and the address is below.

     

    Eastern Region: VA Regional Office

    P. O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

     

    Once you have completed and submitted your application for education benefits the VA will process your application and send you (SVCC will not receive anything) a denial letter with a reason, or a Certificate of Eligibility.

    The SVCC Office of Veterans Services needs a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.

    After the SVCC Office of Veterans Services has a copy of your certificate of eligibility you will need to:

    • Be program placed into the academic program you wish to complete
    • Enroll in classes
    • Request to have your enrollment certified SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment Request Form
      • Before submitting your request for certification of enrollment there are a few things you should know.
        • Only classes that are a requirement of your current academic program (major) will be certified. There are only two (2) exceptions to this rule:
          • A faculty advisor may request that a non-required course be substituted for a program requirement. (The Office of Veterans' Services will need verification of this substitution.)
          • Rounding Out Rule - In your last semester of an academic program, if the required courses left to complete your academic program are less than full-time enrollment you may take non-required courses to round out your schedule to full-time.
      • To change your academic program at SVCC
    • If you change your enrollment (add, drop, withdrawal from a class) your benefits also change. You must notify the Office of Veterans' Services immediately to reduce the impact on your benefits. You must submit the SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment UPDATE Form as soon as possible following the change of your enrollment.
      • A delay in your enrollment certification update could result in an overpayment by the VA.
      • If you are overpaid by the VA, you will be required to repay what is owed to the VA.

     

    If you have any questions please email vabenefits@southside.edu or call 434-736-2100

  • Current Students

    Each semester you will need to:

    • Enroll in classes
    • Request to have your enrollment certified SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment Request Form 
      • Before submitting your request for certification of enrollment there are a few things you should know.
        • Only classes that are a requirement of your current academic program (major) will be certified. There are only two (2) exceptions to this rule:
          • A faculty advisor may request that a non-required course be substituted for a program requirement. (The Office of Veterans' Services will need verification of this substitution.)
          • Rounding Out Rule - In your last semester of an academic program, if the required courses left to complete your academic program are less than full-time enrollment you may take non-required courses to round out your schedule to full-time.
      • To change your academic program at SVCC
    • If you change your enrollment (add, drop, withdrawal from a class) your benefits also change. You must notify the Office of Veterans' Services immediately to reduce the impact on your benefits. You must submit the SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment UPDATE Form as soon as possible following the change of your enrollment.
      • A delay in your enrollment certification update could result in an overpayment by the VA.
      • If you are overpaid by the VA, you will be required to repay what is owed to the VA.

     

    If you have any questions please email vabenefits@southside.edu or call 434-736-2100

  • Spouse & Dependents

    What does Southside Virginia Community College need from you?

    Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility. 

    To obtain a Certificate of Eligibility you must apply for your benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    Apply online at  vonapp logo

    Veterans should fill out the VA Form 22-1990e for the following benefit:

    • Dependents using transferred Post 9/11 Gi Bill Benefits

    Veterans should fill out the VA Form 22-5490 for the following benefits:

    • Dependents using Chapter 35 - Dependents Education Assistance
    • Chapter 33 - Marine Gunnery Sargent John David Fry Scholarship  

     

    Once you have completed the form, mail it to the appropriate VA Regional Regional Processing Office. Our region is the Eastern Region and the address is below.

     

    Eastern Region: VA Regional Office

    P. O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

     

    Once you have completed and submitted your application for education benefits the VA will process your application and send you (SVCC will not receive anything) a denial letter with a reason, or a Certificate of Eligibility.

    The SVCC Office Veterans Services needs a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility.

    After the SVCC Office of Veterans Services has a copy of your certificate of eligibility you will need to:

    • Be program placed into the academic program you wish to complete
    • Enroll in classes
    • Request to have your enrollment certified SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment Request Form 
      • Before submitting your request for certification of enrollment there are a few things you should know.
        • Only classes that are a requirement of yourcurrentacademic program (major) will be certified. There are only two (2) exceptions to this rule:
          • A faculty advisor may request that a non-required course be substituted for a program requirement. (The Office of Veterans' Services will need verification of this substitution.)
          • Rounding Out Rule - In your last semester of an academic program, if the required courses left to complete your academic program are less than full-time enrollment you may take non-required courses to round out your schedule to full-time.
      • To change your academic program at SVCC
    • If you change your enrollment (add, drop, withdrawal from a class) your benefits also change. You must notify the Office of Veterans' Services immediately to reduce the impact on your benefits. You must submit the SVCC - GI Bill Enrollment UPDATE Form as soon as possible following the change of your enrollment.
      • A delay in your enrollment certification update could result in an overpayment by the VA.
      • If you are overpaid by the VA, you will be required to repay what is owed to the VA.

     

    If you have any questions please email vabenefits@southside.edu or call 434-736-2100

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