IF YOU ARE USING YOUR VETERANS BENEFITS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, OR FOR THE FIRST TIME AT TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE:
You need to complete other VA paperwork in addition to the Online Veterans Educational Benefits Request Form. Follow our Guide to Veterans Educational Benefits or contact your school certifying official. We will ask you some questions about the dates of your military service, and from that information, we will determine what paperwork is needed. You can also visit the VA's web site http://www.gibill.va.gov and fill out the online applications that are available. Make sure that both the VA and Trinity Valley Community College receives a copy of your paperwork. Types of records you may need are Form DD 214, Report of Separation or Discharge, or if you are a Reservist or National Guard member, Form DD 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). We will advise you what further documents are needed for your claim.
First-time applicants for veterans benefits and persons transferring their benefits from other schools will have a longer wait for their benefits than continuing students. Once your eligibility is established, however, future semester payments should be much more quickly processed.
THE KEY TO GETTING YOUR BENEFITS IS GETTING THE PAPERWORK DONE RIGHT!
You must complete Trinity Valley Community College Veterans Educational Benefits Request form every semester you wish to receive veterans benefits. This form must be completed after you register and pay for your classes. This form can be filled out and submitted online. It can also be obtained from this web page or from the Financial Aid Office on the Athens Campus or at the following extension centers: Palestine, Terrell, or Kaufman Health Science Center. The form must be hand-carried or sent directly to the Veterans Affairs Desk in the Financial Office at the Athens campus. Without it, we will not certify your enrollment to the VA for that semester.