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Military & Veterans

Military & Veteran Services is part of the Office of Student Engagement and Retention at Community College of Aurora. We have a dynamic veterans and military community at CCA and we are committed to assisting you in achieving your educational goals. This information is designed to provide you with the tools and guidelines you need to smoothly navigate in the academic world.

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Due to CCA's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and closure of the campus, appointments and phone calls are currently not available. Please email VetBenefits@CCAurora.edu if you need to communicate with Military & Veteran Services. 

COVID-19 VA Updates

VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until 12/21/20, or until the school resumes normal operations. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.

VA is working to provide regular updates to our students and schools through the GI Bill website, email campaigns and VBA’s official social media accounts.

Education Funding Sources

  • New students should view the TA Getting Started Checklist 
  • Continuing students should check in on current TA procedures each semester for information on approved tuition rates, deadlines, and submission information.
  • Tuition Assistance is not processed by Military & Veteran Services. Please contact the 3rd Party Billing office (Phone: 303-360-4827 or email) or for assistance with payment information. 
Funded by the generosity of Rene and Diane Simard, this scholarship is available to CCA student veterans who are not using education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please check with Financial Aid for scholarship deadlines.

Requirements:

  • Be a veteran of the US Armed Forces
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED and have (and maintain) a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester that the scholarship is received
  • Be actively pursuing a defined program of study or certificate
  • Be able to show proof of military discharge under any condition other than "dishonorable"
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”). Scholarship dollars will be considered “last dollar in” after the award of applicable Pell Grant and/or Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF)
  • Are no longer eligible for, or receiving, GI Bill benefits
Contact the Financial Aid office, 303-360-4709, for information on applying for this and other scholarships.
Fulltime student veterans may qualify for free dental care through the CU Heroes Clinic, located on the Fitzsimons Medical Campus in Aurora.
As part of the 2017 Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Forever GI Bill), VA is able to restore benefits to some students who attended certain schools that closed. Students must apply with VA for restoration of their education benefits. Per VA

VA is now authorized to restore benefits and provide relief to education beneficiaries affected by school closures or certain disapprovals. This means payments of educational assistance will not be charged against an entitlement of educational assistance, or counted against the total period for which a beneficiary may receive educational assistance under two or more programs, if VA finds that the individual was unable to complete such course or program of study as a result of:

  • the closure of an educational institution; or
  • the disapproval of the course or a course that is a necessary part of that program by reason of a new law, regulation, or policy implemented after the individual enrolls.
  • not receiving credit, or losing training time, toward completion of the program being pursued.

VA may treat a course of education that is disapproved under this chapter as being approved, if VA determines, on a case-by-case basis, that the course was disapproved for one of the reasons stated above and continuing the course is in the best interest of the individual

This provision takes effect 90 days after August 16, 2017 and applies to courses and programs of education discontinued after August 1, 2015. For courses or programs discontinued during the period beginning January 1, 2015, and ending on August 16, 2017, an individual who does not transfer credits can have all his/her entitlement restored. 

VA may also continue awarding a monthly housing allowance stipend under the Post-9/11 GI Bill program following a permanent school closure or certain disapproval of a course of study. The changes to monthly housing allowance will take effect on August 1, 2018, and apply to courses and programs of education discontinued on or after August 16, 2017.    

Contact Information

Military & Veteran Services

Judy Steele, Assistant Director
Phone: 303-360-4768
Email: Military & Veteran Services

GI Bill website
VA Education Office: 1-888-442-4551
VA Direct Deposit Enrollment: 1-877-838-2778
VA Debt Management: 1-800-827-0648
Secure online service for inquiries regarding GI Bill benefits and submitting documentation directly to VA's Education Office.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.

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