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Veterans Benefits

Wor-Wic Community College is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)External Link to participate in the Veterans Educational Benefits Program. All of the college degree and credit programs are approved for veteran’s education benefits. Students must visit the Wor-Wic Veterans Coordinator to obtain and discuss their applicable VA education chapter eligibility. Students must complete their applicable forms as provided below and submit a signed and dated copy to the Veterans Coordinator prior to the start of the semester.

VA Designated Chapters

The VA established several educational categories known as chapters:

  • Chapter 31 (vocational rehabilitation veterans with a disability rating)
  • Chapter 33 (post 9-11 active duty, reservists, National Guardsmen)
  • Chapter 35 (spouse and children of 100% disabled or deceased veterans)
  • Chapter 1606 (reservists and guardsmen)
  • Chapter 1607 (reservists and guardsmen who have been activated for a period of 90 or more consecutive days and deployed to a designated war zone by the President of the United States).

To Apply for Benefits

The Chapter 33 Post 9-11 GI-Bill is the newest education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001. Students must submit the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) VA Form 22-1990External Link to determine eligibility. Additional information may be found on the GI-Bill WebsiteExternal Link.

Chapter 33, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 students must complete and submit the VA Form 22-1990External Link.

Chapter 35 students must complete and submit VA Form 22-5490External Link.

Chapter 31 students must apply for education benefits through a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Once approved for enrollment by the Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, the Wor-Wic Veterans Coordinator certifies the student’s enrollment and processes an invoice for the VA to pay the college. Chapter 31 students do not need to make tuition, fees, or book payments prior to classes beginning. See the Wor-Wic Veterans Coordinator for the contact information of the regional VA Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.

All students who have changed their place of training and/or change of program must submit VA Form 22-1995External Link.

Chapter 33, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 students must submit member copy four of their DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to the Wor-Wic Veterans Coordinator.

National Guard students must submit an official State Tuition Waiver Letter and a photocopy of their military I.D. card to the Veterans Coordinator. The waiver letter is obtained from the student’s command or unit.

All students must renew their request for GI-Bill education benefits each academic year by completing the applicable Wor-Wic Request for Veterans Education Benefits form:

Cadets enrolled in the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (ESCJA) must complete the ESCJA Education Benefits Request FormAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon.

How to Start Your VA Benefits

Step 1 Complete a college application. Please refer to our Application Procedures.
Step 2 Take the Diagnostic Assessment test (if applicable).
Step 3 Request that all official transcripts of your prior college and military credits be sent to the Registrar’s Office. See Useful Links below for how to order transcripts.
Step 4 Meet with your Academic Advisor (an advisor will be assigned by Admissions when your application is processed).
Step 5 Register for classes.
Step 6 Submit all required VA documents (VONAPP, DD-214, and applicable Veterans Benefits form) to the Veterans Coordinator located in AAB-111C.
Step 7 Pay for your classes by payment due date (exceptions are Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 students and students approved for advance payment).
Step 8 Verify your monthly enrollment with WAVEExternal Link at the end of each month (required for Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 students only).

Maryland National Guard Members

Members of the Maryland National Guard are eligible for a 50 percent tuition waiver if all eligibility requirements are met. Guard members must have two or more years of service remaining. An official command or unit State Tuition Waiver Letter and a copy of the member’s military identification card must be submitted to the Veterans Coordinator. More info may be found at The Maryland National GuardExternal Link.

Terms of Payment

Students are responsible for paying for their classes by the payment due date. Normal application and payment processing time by the VA is six to eight weeks after classes begin. In some cases, students may request advance payment from the VA. See the Veterans Coordinator for more information regarding payment procedures and policy.

Monthly education benefits are sent directly to the student either by check or direct deposit. The VA is not responsible for payment to the college except in the case of Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) students.

Important Notes

The VA will only pay for classes that are required for your degree or program of study.

Students are required to contact the Veterans Coordinator whenever they add, drop, and withdraw from classes or change their program of study or degree.

Official military transcripts of prior training must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for credit evaluation. Transcripts must be received in a sealed, unopened envelope. Transcript websites are provided below under Useful Links.

Students receiving monthly education benefits under Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607 must verify their enrollment each month they attend college. The VA will not release monthly payments until the verification process is completed. The monthly enrollment verification must be completed by logging onto the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)External Link or by calling 1-877-823-2378. Students must verify their monthly enrollment either on or after the last day of each month.

VA eligible students may also apply for financial assistance from the various federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. Contact the Veterans Coordinator or Financial Aid Office for more information. To apply for financial aid, visit the FAFSA websiteExternal Link.

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