Certification Process

Students using a Veterans Affairs education benefit for the first time at Central Piedmont:

Your Central Piedmont VA file must be complete for eligibility to use VA Education benefits. You must follow these steps to request certification:

  • Apply for your benefit
  • Complete the application steps for admission to Central Piedmont Community College
  • Submit a copy of the following documents to Records
    • Member-4 or Service-2 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
    • Joint Service transcripts or Community College of the Air Force transcripts
    • Official high school transcript
    • Official copies of all college, university, or non-college degree school transcripts
  • Officially register for classes
    • Students using Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 education benefits will need to submit the Request for Certification form and copy of current class schedule before charges are due to secure classes.
    • Students using Chapter 30, 35, and 1606 will need to pay the charges unless you have financial aid or a sponsor before submitting their request for certification.
  • View Progress in your MyCollege account to confirm that all classes are required for graduation in your program. With exception to developmental courses, labs attached to a course (example: SPA-181 is connected to the SPA-111 course), or prerequisites for degree requirements, classes that appear in the “Other Courses” section of your Progress cannot be certified. This report can be assessed through your MyCollege account under your Academic Profile
    • If you have registered for classes that aren’t required, meet with your advisor and make adjustments
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Affairs Certification Request form as follows:
    • Login to MyCollege (Central Piedmont Login Required).
    • Select Student Services and then Online Forms.
    • From Online Forms, select the Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office Certification Request form.
    • When completing the online form, submit a copy of your current class schedule. 
    • Chapter 33: you will also need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or eBenefits Summary.

Students using benefits at Central Piedmont and requesting re-certification for a new semester:

Each semester students using a VA education benefit must submit the VA certification request form and a copy of current class schedule. You will access the form in your MyCollege account.

Important Notes:

  • Developmental Courses (DRE and DMA courses) and RISE Support Courses: must take place on campus to be certified. Per federal law, online developmental and support courses cannot be certified.
  • Chapter 33 and online courses: Students using Chapter 33 education benefit must have at least one face-to-face course to receive the full entitlement of BAH. Hybrid courses will be certified as face-to-face. Students who are using Chapter 33 and in all online courses will have their monthly stipend based on half the national average of BAH.
  • Chapter 35 in a diploma or certificate program: per federal law, the college cannot certify online courses (38 U.S. Code § 3680A)

For questions regarding certification, please contact the Central Piedmont Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office.