Military & Veterans Services

Military & Veterans Services

Military and Veterans Services

VA Education Benefits

Education benefits as a Veteran, service member

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Standards of Progress



Veteran and/or eligible must make satisfactory progress toward an approved educational objective leading to employment. Veteran and/or eligible person Standard of Progress will be determined utilizing the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy as listed in the college school consisting of overall grade point average, pace, program length, maximum time for completion, attendance and/or conduct.

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To apply for VA education benefits, you must complete the electronic application at (The VA is also used if you are claiming education benefits as a spouse/dependent of a veteran or if you have previously used VA education benefits.) Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed. You will then receive a ‘Certificate of Eligibility’ from the VA once your application is awarded. A Certificate of Eligibility should be provided 30 days in advance but no later than the first day class to the college’s Veterans Services Specialist.

Department of Education’s Financial Aid College Financing Plan (PDF).

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 -Section 103

In compliance with section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Southeast Community College will not impose the following penalties to covered individuals* due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Preventing nor delaying the student's enrollment,
  • the assessment of late fees,
  • the denial of access to any resources, such as classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities that are available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fees bills to the institution, or
  • require the student to secure alternative or additional funding.

To qualify for this provision, such students are required to:

  • Produce a Certificate of Eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance. This should be provided no later than the first day of a course of education for which the individual has indicated they wish to use their entitlement;
  • Submit a written request to use the entitlement;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify their enrollment as required by the Primary School Certifying Official.

This provision ends on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility

*A covered individual is defined as any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®

If an individual is unable to meet a financial obligation to the institution due to delayed disbursement of a payment under Chapter 31 or 33, and the amount of the disbursement is less than anticipated, the institution may require additional payment or may impose a fee for the amount. This is the difference between the amount of the financial obligation and the amount of the disbursement.

Southeast Community College will promptly readmit a service member with the same academic status as the student had when they last attended the school or were accepted for admission. This requirement applies to any student who cannot attend school due to military service. Please contact the college Veterans Services Specialist for more information. Contact of Veterans Services Specialist Greg Eden at 402-437-2614 or

After the student provides the notice of their intention to reenroll (see definitions below for instructions), SCC will readmit the student into the next class or classes in the student’s program, unless the student requests a later date or unusual circumstances require SCC to admit them at a later date.

SCC will readmit the student with the same academic status:

  • To the same program in which they were last enrolled, or to a similar program if the same program is no longer offered
  • At the same enrollment status unless the student requests a different enrollment status
  • With the same number of credit hour previously completed unless the student is readmitted to a different program to which the completed credit hours are not transferable and
  • With the same academic standing as the student previously had (such as Satisfactory Academic Progress)

Military service (or service in the uniformed services): Voluntary or involuntary service in the armed forces, including service by a member of the National Guard or Reserve on active duty, active duty for training, or full-time National Guard duty under federal authority, for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days. This does not include National Guard service under state authority.

Service member: someone who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, has performed, applies to perform, or has an obligation to perform, service in the uniformed services.

Appropriate officer: A warrant, commissioned, or noncommissioned officer authorized to give such notice by the military service concerned.

Armed Forces: the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Active duty—full-time duty in the active military service of the United States.

Active duty: full-time training duty, annual training duty, and attendance, while in the active military service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary of the military department concerned. Active duty does not include full-time National Guard duty.

The student must notify Southeast Community College of his military service and intention to return to school as follows:

Notification of military service. The student (or an appropriate officer of the armed forces or official of the Department of Defense) must give oral or written notice of such service to the school as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does not have to indicate whether the student intends to return to the school and may not be subject to any rule of timeliness. (Timeliness must be determined by the facts in each case.) Alternatively, at the time of readmission, the student may submit an attestation of military service that necessitated his absence from school. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity, such as service in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.

Notification of intent to return to school. The student must also give oral or written notice of her intent to return to the school within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within these periods does not automatically forfeit eligibility for readmission but is subject to the school’s established leave of absence policy and general practices.

Student Loan Cohort Default Rate. Southeast Community College provides Service members access to an institutional financial aid advisor who will make available appropriate loan counseling including disclosing the educational institution’s student loan Cohort Default Rate (CDR), upon request. The Veterans Office at Southeast Community College will notify enrolled service members if the Cohort Default Rate rises above the national average and provide loan repayment data.

To receive a financial aid award in a timely manner, specific steps must be followed. We recommend completion of both Steps 1 and 2 below at the same time.

Please make sure all of your paperwork is completed by the dates and deadlines set.

  1. Be accepted for Admission to SCC.
    Students must be accepted for admission to the College and must enroll in an eligible Program of Study.
  2. Complete the FAFSA form. For more information, see the Financial Aid Forms page. 
  • The Financial Aid Office encourages completion of the FAFSA online upon completion of your tax return. Paper applications (FAFSA) are available through the Financial Aid Office or your high school guidance office. Carefully complete all questions, not leaving any blank, and submit it as early as possible.
    Title IV code for SCC = 007591
    (If you wish to have the information on the FAFSA sent to other colleges, check with your high school counselor, your public library or Financial Aid Offices for other Title IV school codes.)
  • Please note: Processing time for the FAFSA has been known to take two-four weeks.
    • The U.S. Department of Education will mail the student a Student Aid Report or e-mail a notice if the student applied online, when processing is complete. This form should be reviewed for accuracy upon receipt. At the same time the SAR is received by the student, all schools listed to receive processed FAFSA results will be sent information electronically (called an ISIR).
    • In some cases, the College will be required to verify the information reported on the FAFSA. The student whose application is selected for verification will be sent a letter requesting (1) copies of the student’s/spouse’s and/or parent’s signed federal income tax return, if applicable, and (2) the completion of a Verification Worksheet.
    • Students having previously attended SCC must be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress policies to be eligible to receive financial aid.

The scholarship program was established to promote and encourage interest in education for the students planning to enroll, to reduce the student's financial obligation and to recognize outstanding academic achievement in course work already completed at SCC. Scholarships are considered gift aid and do not require repayment unless the donor has clearly indicated repayment procedures in the scholarship announcement.

The SCC Educational Foundation was organized in 1975, with the sole intent of maintaining, developing and extending services to the College and to further educational opportunities to students, staff and the residents of the 15-county area which it serves.

View available scholarships.