Education Benefits and Eligibility Requirements

Of the million veterans currently alive, nearly three of every four served during a war or an official period of hostility. About a quarter of the nation's population — approximately 70 million people — are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans. Central Piedmont's Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office strives to meet the DVA goal of “Putting Veterans First”.

Central Piedmont's Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office strives to meet the DVA goal of “Putting Veterans First”.

Central Piedmont Community College is approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The college provides training opportunities at both college and secondary levels for veterans, and eligible dependents (spouse and/or children).

    Benefits 

    • Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill®
    • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
    • Chapter 31 Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
    • Chapter 33 Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
    • Chapter 33 Post - 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement
    • Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
    • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

    GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    For additional information regarding these benefits, which are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, contact one of the following offices:

    • Central Piedmont Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office 704.330.6552
    • Mecklenburg County Veterans Service Office 704.336.2102
    • District Office of the North Carolina Division of Veteran Affairs 704.563.2037

    Requirements

    Students electing to use VA education benefits are in the unique position of having to meet requirements as specified by both the Veterans Affairs Educations Benefits Office (VAEBO) and the North Carolina State Approving Agency (SAA). Although Central Piedmont's VA Office does not work for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), it is our job to work closely with them to ensure that your needs as a student are met.

    • Eligibility

    • Academic Standards

      Satisfactory Academic Progress

      Students receiving VA education benefits are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (a grade point average of 2.0 or better). Educational assistance benefits to veterans and eligible persons will be discontinued once the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward completion of his/her training. These standards are described in the Veterans Affairs section of the Central Piedmont catalog.

      Veterans and other eligible persons are required to seek academic assistance by contacting their instructor, counselor, advisor, or the Center Piedmont Veterans Affairs Educations Benefits Office (VAEBO) before academic difficulties place them on ‘Probation’ or ‘Suspension.’

      • Probation: If a student receives a semester grade point average (GPA) that is less than 2.0, they are placed on probation. Students on probation must complete an “on-track” meeting with an advisor from the Center for Military Families and Veterans prior to being certified. If a student’s term and cumulative GPA are above a 2.0 at the end of the semester while they serve their probation they come off probationary status.
         
      • Continued Probation: If a student who is on probation makes satisfactory academic progress for a term, but still has a cumulative GPA below 2.0, they are on continued probation. Students on continued probation must complete a follow-up “on-track” meeting at the end of the semester and will remain on continued probation until both the term and cumulative GPA are both above a 2.0. 
         
      • Suspension: If a student on probation or continued probation does not make satisfactory academic progress for a term while on probation they will go on VA education benefit suspension. At CPCC, we cannot certify a student on suspension until a student has made satisfactory academic progress for one semester. If a student on VA education benefit suspension makes satisfactory academic progress they can use their benefit for following semesters as long as the student continues to make satisfactory academic progress.

      If a veteran affairs student is requesting benefits and is currently on probation or suspension, a letter of notification of unsatisfactory progress is sent to the student's Central Piedmont email account and it is the student’s responsibility to comply with the requirements stated. If the student is on Suspension, their eligibility is terminated until they meet the Standards of Academic Progress required to place them back into an eligible status to receive their VA education benefits.

      The VAEBO is required to work with instructors to monitor attendance and/or participation. When a cessation of attendance/participation is identified, it is required that VA be notified so that monetary adjustment can be made, if necessary. An overpayment from VA may result, for which the students will be held responsible. 

      Failures
      If a student using VA education benefits receives a grade of “F” and completes the class they may still receive VA benefits for that course. An exception would be if they did not complete the final exam and did not attend class according to the college policy. If a student fails to attend class and/or take the final exam, the VA Regional Office is notified and the student is classified as having received an overpayment of funds. Any overpayments are the student’s responsibility. VA students may receive benefits to retake a required course if they previously received a failing grade. 

      Also see Withdrawal on this page for information on how benefits may be affected by withdrawing from a course.

      Incompletes
      Students should not register again for a course for which you have received an Incomplete (the letter grade of "I" will appear on your record), but you should follow the arrangements you originally made with the instructor in order to convert the "I" to a grade after the requirements are completed. The course will always remain associated with the original term. Please contact the VAEBO if you receive an “I” as a course grade.

    • Withdrawal

      It is the student's responsibility to report all withdrawals or attendance issues to Central Piedmont's Veterans Affairs Educations Benefits Office (VAEBO) immediately to prevent overpayments. Students are required to complete a VA Schedule Adjustment form and submit mitigating circumstances in writing for evaluation and approval within five business days. Students can request the VA Schedule Adjustment form by visiting the Central Piedmont VAEBO (Mon.-Thurs. 8:00am - 5:00pm, Terrell Building, Suite 233) or email VeteransAffairs@cpcc.edu .

      The last date of attendance must be verified by the instructor for all withdrawals. 

      The VA allows a one-time exclusion from being penalized for withdrawing for up to six credit hours. Students can be paid up to the last date of attendance for those six hours. After that time, students have to provide the VAEBO with mitigating circumstances or repay any benefits received. If the student attended classes throughout the semester and receives a “W” (non-punitive) as a grade, this has to be reported to the VA Regional Office and is not part of the 6-hour one time exclusion even if he/she can document that they attended through the last day of class. Students are responsible for overpayments resulting from non-punitive grades.

      Failure to notify the VAEBO of withdrawals and continued acceptance of educational funds may be considered fraud. Students are encouraged to register only for those classes they know they can complete.

    • Programs

      The Veterans Affairs Educations Benefits Office (VAEBO) is unable to certify the following courses:

      • Courses that are not required for completion of the student's degree, diploma, or certificate program.
      • Courses that are considered Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE)
      • Courses previously completed successfully, including "D" grades unless the program requires a higher grade.
      • Courses for which transfer credit has been granted.
      • Courses taken while not admitted to a VA approved diploma, certificate or degree program.
      • Courses not leading to an educational, professional, or vocational objective (i.e. continuing education courses).
      • Courses for which credit by examination have been received.
      • Courses being audited rather than taken for credit.
      • Developmental (DRE and DMA) courses taken online.
      • Any course or program not approved by the State Approving Agency.

      All policies are subject to change based on institutional and federal guidelines.