Certification Process

Certification Agreement

Please carefully read the annual certification agreement. It is binding agreement between you and Central Piedmont's Veterans Affairs office.

Students using a VA 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 attend a Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Workshop and 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
    • 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 your 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 wed 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 VA Certification Request form. Visit Forms for more information.

After completing those steps: submit your VA Packet, Certificate of Eligibility, copy of current class schedule, and VA Certification Request form (visit Forms) to the Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office. Students can also submit these documents to the Financial Aid office at any Central Piedmont campus location.

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

Each semester students using a VA education benefit must submit a certification request form and copy of current class schedule to the Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Office. These forms can be sent electronically to veteransaffairs@cpcc.edu, delivered in person to 323 Central, or submitted at any Central Piedmont campus financial aid location.

Important Notes:

  • Developmental Courses (DRE and DMA courses): must take place on campus to be certified. Per federal law, online developmental 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.