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Veterans Benefits

The CVCC financial aid office can help students use their Veterans Educational Benefits, such as the GI Bill.

Important Changes 

In 2013, the NC General Assembly (SB 402) directed NC colleges and universities to work together to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for the administration of State funded financial aid.

The state of NC will utilize a Residency Determination Service (RDS) to determine a student’s residency status for tuition and state aid purposes. Effective October 23, 2017, CVCC staff will be unable to make any residency decisions or changes for students.

Applicants will be required to complete an online Residency Interview before submitting the Application for Admission.

Please review important and detailed information about NC Residency.


Veterans Administration Educational Benefits

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Welcome to CVCC! We are proud to help coordinate your VA benefits with your educational goals.

CVCC is approved for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. Most programs are approved but any student wishing to use VA benefits should contact the VA Certifying Official in Student Services.

Benefits Information

Female soldier in ACUs with backpack and notes under one armEligibility

  • You must qualify to receive veteran's education benefits. Eligibility is determined by Veterans Affairs, not CVCC.
  • Visit the GI Bill website to apply for benefits. The VA will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility.
  • CVCC has no control of VA policy and rulings. It is your responsibility to comply with VA rules and procedures covered in appropriate laws, regulations, and pamphlets.

Getting Started

  • If you are a new student at CVCC and wish to use VA benefits, then open the New VA Student Checklist for instructions. No certification can be made until all these requirements are met.
  • VA students are responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and books at registration. Only Chapter 33 students may defer tuition and fees by completing a tuition waiver each semester; see your Certifying Official.
  • VA payments are made directly to you after classes have begun. VA students are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid as well; go to the CVCC Financial Aid web page for information.

Note: Corporate and Continuing Education programs are not approved for VA educational benefits. However, some certification programs may qualify for reimbursement by the VA. Check with the VA before enrolling in any continuing education program. Call 1 (888) GIBILL1 or 1 (888) 442-4551.


CVCC VA Certifying Official:
Elen Gibbs, Student Services
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4205

Local VA Offices

Hickory VA Office, 1st Plaza
1985 Tate Blvd, SE
Hickory, NC 28602
(828) 322-6616

Newton VA Office
Government Center, Room 045
100-A SW Blvd., Newton, NC 28658
(828) 465-8255


GI Bill website

  • The GI Bill website is your "go to" source for information. Here you can compare programs, apply for benefits, verify attendance and access other useful resources.

Direct Deposit

  • The VA recommends that you receive your education benefits via direct deposit. Federal law will eventually require all payments to be made this way. The request can be made in writing, by calling a VA toll free number, 1 (877) 838-2778, or online through WAVE. You will need your VA file number (social security number), the routing number for your financial institution, the account number, type of account--savings or checking. A mail-in form is available from the VA Certifying Official in Student Services.