Randolph Community College education programs are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Those entitled to VA benefits are eligible veterans, participants in the Montgomery G.I. Bill contributory program, active duty military in voluntary education programs, drilling National Guard, drilling Reservists, and spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans. The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs provides information and assistance to students applying for VA education benefits.
GI Bill and Tuition Assistance Programs
For more information about the particular GI Bill and Tuition Assistance Programs offered at RCC, please click here.
Return Support for Veterans
The Returning Support for Veterans Program (RSVP) is a one-stop service where veterans and their families can receive all the information they need. Whether the concern is about military benefits, veteran's education, health services, job or other issues, RSVP is for you.
Ensuring Successful Certification
Apply for VA education benefits
- Go to va.gov
- Choose Apply for education benefits. Complete the application and submit. The VA will contact you by mail once they have processed your information.
- When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility, please bring a copy to our office for your file. We will also need member copy 4 of your DD214.
- If you have received veteran's benefits at another college, you will need to complete form 22-1995 (Change of Program or Place of Training) and submit it to the VA and bring a copy to our office. We cannot process your VA benefits without a copy of this form
Complete an Application for Admission
- Go to randolph.edu and choose Apply Now to complete application.
- Have all of your transcripts (high school and college) sent to RCC
- Complete Placement testing if needed
Apply for Financial Aid
- The website to apply is fafsa.gov
- The school code is 005447
- Bring a copy of your schedule to the Financial Aid Office. You will need to do this EVERY semester to ensure certification.
- Note: VA will not pay for classes that are not required for your major, audited classes or classes taken previously for which you received a passing grade.
- Once you are registered for classes, if you make any changes to the schedule, please make sure you contact our office. The VA will be notified of your last date of attendance rather than the day you sign your drop form. If you are receiving Post 9/11 benefits and you drop a class after classes start, you will be responsible for repaying the VA for that class.
All chapters except Chapter 35 and Post/911 have to self-certify each month. This can be done online at benefits.va.gov/gibill under "Verify School Attendance" or by calling 1-877-823-2378 on the last day of each month. You can also verify your attendance online at benefits.va.gov/gibill if you prefer. Link is on the right side of the page.
General Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for educational benefits, the student must be enrolled in an approved curriculum, taking only those courses required for graduation in the chosen curriculum. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. The VA will not pay for enrollment in the following:
- course audits
- repeated courses previously passed
- credit by examination
- courses not required in chosen curriculum
- continuing education classes
- dropped or withdrawn classes
Click here to determine which chapter you may be eligible for and compare your options.