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Pikes Peak Community College is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veterans Education. Our degree and certificate programs are approved for payment of educational benefits to those veterans and dependents that are determined eligible by the Veterans Administration.  The Veterans Affairs office at Centennial Campus has staff that can provide assistance with the necessary VA forms to apply for payment of benefits. For additional information, please contact va@ppcc.edu.

Message To Our Students
You must report any enrollment changes, course drops, withdrawals or any date you stop attending classes so an adjustment report can be completed.  You can email schedule changes or new enrollment to va@ppcc.edu.

Chapter 33 Veterans

When you receive your Certification of Eligibility, please bring a copy to our office at Centennial Campus, room C222. You can also fax us a copy to 719-502-4101. We will not be able to certify you for Chapter 33 benefits until we receive this information. Additional information and links.

Applying for VA Benefits

Our office will help eligible veterans and dependents apply for veterans' education benefits.  We will also help with VA tutoring, vocational rehabilitation, and advising. Additional information and forms.

Scholarship Opportunities

Post-9/11 GI Bill: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

(Posted July 15, 2010) Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state, undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly living allowance, with a stipend for books and supplies under this program.

Who is eligible?
Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September 1, 2001, are eligible for this benefit. A child may be married or over 23-years-old and still be eligible.

Children of Soldiers

The HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act) provides maximum Federal Pell Grant eligibility for a student whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11/2001, provided that the child was under 24 years old or was enrolled in college at the time of the parent or guardian's death.

These students will be considered to be eligible for the maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the period during which the student is otherwise eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. ED will work with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to identify affected students.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009. New Department of Defense guidance, issued June 23, 2009, establishes the criteria for eligibility and transfer of those education benefits. The new GI Bill, signed into law June 20, 2008, provides the most comprehensive educational benefit package since the original bill, officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, was signed into law.

For more information on eligibility and the application procedures, see the Department of Veteran's Affairs website.

WAVE Automated Verification of Enrollment

If you are in a degree program at a college or university, or a certificate or diploma program at a business, technical, or vocational school, you will not receive payment until you have verified your attendance. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at  https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/

VRAP

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.  For further information and the application form (1990R) go to www.gibill.va.gov

 

Contact Information

Vicki Furaus
Certifying Official
719.502.2060
800.456.6847 Ext. 2060
Vicki.Furaus@ppcc.edu
Joy Bedford 
Administrative Asst. 
719.502.2249 
800.456.6847 Ext. 2249
joy.bedford@ppcc.edu
Kathleen Thorson 
Administrative Asst. 
719.502.3115 
800.456.6847 Ext. 3115
Kathleen.Thorson@ppcc.edu

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  • Mon.-Thur. 8am-5pm, Fridays 9am-5pm