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Getting Started Checklist - VA Benefits

Starting college is a big step, but we're here to help. Here's what you need to do if you're using VA benefits at CCA:
(Click here if you're using Tuition Assistance).

 
Step 1Apply for CCA Admission
If you are new to CCA or have been away from CCA for a year or more, you need to complete the online application for admission. There is no deadline or fee to apply.
 
 
Step 2Apply for COF
If you are a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and did not sign-up for COF through your admissions application, you can sign-up online. The COF application is free and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester on your tuition. This is a onetime application but you need to authorize COF each semester.
 
Honorably discharged veterans and their dependents who have lived in Colorado for less than one (1) year may qualify for COF under Colorado House Bill 1039 by submitting valid discharge papers. You may need to complete a paper application for benefits if you do not have a Colorado driver’s license.
 
Honorably discharged veterans who have lived in Colorado less than one (1) year and their qualifying dependents may qualify for in-state tuition rates by submitting valid discharge papers for the veteran. Qualifying dependents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill may also qualify, even if the veteran does not live in Colorado. Please contact to Judy Steele in Military & Veteran Services for information.
 
Active duty service members must complete a Military Certification for Tuition Classification form each semester to qualify for resident tuition rates. This form is available on the Student Tab of MyCCA under Registration & Records Forms or from Admissions & Records or Lowry Student Services.
 
If you’re using VA benefits, apply on the GI Bill® website and click on Apply for GI Bill® Benefits. Choose from the following forms:
 
22-1990 if you have served in the military and are applying for education benefits for the first time.
22-1990e if a parent or spouse transferred their Post-9/11 GI Bill to you.
22-1995 if you applied for benefits at another school and are transferring.
22-5490 if you are a dependent of a deceased or 100% disabled Veteran (spouse or child) applying for education benefits for the first time.
22-5495 if you are a dependent who applied for benefits at another school and are transferring.

If you paid an additional $600 for a kicker you will need to provide proof of the kicker payment to VA to ensure payment.

Submit your Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 (if applicable) and the Military & Veteran Services Intake Sheet for CCA’s records. If you are Selective Reserves or National Guard you need to supply a NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility), which you can get from your unit.

 
Step 5Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov to see if you are eligible for any kind of aid (grants, loans, work study and scholarships). The application process can take 6-8 weeks to complete, so apply early! CCA has three priority consideration dates during the year. Fall Semester-May 1, Spring Semester-November 1, Summer Semester-April 1. Your financial aid file is not complete until you receive an award letter.

Financial aid through the government will not affect your GI Bill® benefits. Some scholarships can affect your benefits. Please let Military & Veteran Services know if you will be receiving a scholarship.
 
Step 6Step 6 is different for New Students and Transfer/Readmit Students. Be sure to follow the steps that apply to you!

New Students

Transfer to CCA

VA requires that CCA review all prior college-level training, including military/ACE, AP, CLEP, DANTES, IB, or other college-level learning. You will need to submit your military transcripts, as well as transcripts from test sources.

Meet the Assessment Requirement
In order to register for classes, all students must meet assessment requirements in the areas of math, reading and English. You must do one of the following:

A. Take the placement test to assess your current academic skill level. It is important to be prepared for the test so that you can be placed into the appropriate courses. Before you take the test, you are strongly encouraged to review the assessment workbook and attend an assessment prep workshop.

B. Provide a copy of ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) prior to your orientation date with the following minimum scores: ACT: Reading 17, English 18, Math 19 SAT: 440 Critical Reading/Verbal, Math 460

Attend New Student Orientation
If you have never attended college after High School, you are required to participate in CCA Express, a one-day, fast track orientation that includes all important elements of starting at CCA. You will have a hold placed on your account to prevent registration until you have participated.

During orientation, you will:

See an Academic Advisor & Register for Classes
During Orientation you will meet individually with an Academic Advisor who will be able to guide you in selecting the right courses to complete a degree or certificate at CCA and/or to transfer to the 4-year institution of your choice. The Advisor will also assist you in registering for classes during your orientation meeting.

Transfer & Readmit Students

I. Transfer to CCA

VA requires that CCA review all prior college-level training. Students who have previously attended another college or who have military/ACE, AP, CLEP, DANTES, IB, or other college-level learning must submit official transcripts from all prior colleges and the military, as well as transcripts from test sources.

II. Meet the Assessment Requirement
All students must meet assessment requirements in the areas of math, reading and English to register for courses. You must do one of the following:

A. Take the placement test to assess your current academic skill level. It is important to be prepared for the test so that you can be placed into the appropriate courses. Before you take the test, you are strongly encouraged to review the assessment workbook and attend an assessment prep workshop.

B. Provide a copy of ACT or SAT scores (no more than five years old) with the following minimum scores:  ACT: Reading 17, English 18, Math 19 SAT: 440 Critical Reading/Verbal, Math 460

C. Provide your Academic Advisor with an unofficial copy of college transcripts from a regionally accredited institution showing successful completion of college level math and English coursework. Please note that English courses taken outside of the United States do not meet Assessment or Transfer guidelines.

III. See an Academic Advisor
After meeting assessment requirements, you are ready to meet with an Academic Advisor. Your Advisor will be able to help you select the right courses to complete a degree or certificate at CCA and/or to transfer to the 4-year institution of your choice.

IV. Register for Courses
Complete the Student Account Payment Agreement from the Add/Drop Classes link in MyCCA and register for courses through your MyCCA account (link available from CCA’s website). Remember to print your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get current room information.

Step 7VA Certification Request
The VA Certification Request must be submitted each semester you want to use benefits. The Request is completed through D2L and you will be added once you have enrolled in courses. The Request serves as the notification to CCA that you want to use your benefits and authorizes CCA to release your information to VA. Early submission of the request is important so that CCA and the VA have plenty of time to process your information so that your payments will not be delayed.
 
Step 8Pay your Tuition
Don’t lose your spot in your classes! Each semester, CCA publishes a tuition due-date in the Information Guide and Schedule of Classes. You must have your payment arrangements FINALIZED by this deadline to hold your spot in classes. CCA recommends that you complete a payment plan as soon as you register. Early signup allows you a small (or zero) down payment and spreads out your payments over several months. Financial Aid will only hold your spot in classes if you have received an award letter.
 
If you are receiving education benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill® or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and have submitted a Request for VA Certification you do not need to make payment arrangements.
 
All other benefit chapters MUST have other arrangements to be held in classes. This includes the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserves, Dependents' Educational Assistance, and Reserve Educational Assistance Program.
 
Step 9Buy Your Books
Take your schedule to the bookstore to purchase your books. Buy your books before classes begin to be prepared.
 
Step 10Get your Student ID
Stop by the Welcome Center at the CentreTech Campus or Lowry Student Services office with government issued photo ID to get your CCA Student ID card.
 
Step 11Activate your Email
Your college email account is the official method of communication at CCA, so it is extremely important that you activate your account and check it frequently. To activate your account, login to your MyCCA account and click the “Student Email” link at the top of the page. Your initial password is your date of birth spelled out (for example: February141992).
 
A little more than a week after you register for classes, your Higher One Debit card will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This card will be used to apply your financial aid or any other refund so it is important that you look for the card and activate it when it arrives!

 

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 at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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