If you are a veteran, dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran, or active duty military member, you may be eligible to receive monthly educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at OCC.
Education and Training Payment Rates for 2016 Academic Year (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017) Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website for more information.
Any veteran with a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 10% or more is entitled to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation provides payment of tuition, fees, books, and required supplies along with a monthly subsistence allowance. Those veterans who believe that they are eligible for Chapter 31 benefits should contact the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau in Toms River for more information.
Eligibility is based on entering the active military after June 30, 1985, serving continuously for three years, and contributing $100 per month for the first 12 months of active duty. In addition, the character of discharge must be honorable.
Veterans are entitled to 36 months of training under Chapter 30, and it must be used within ten years of discharge from active duty (delimiting date)
Effective July 1, 1985, members of the selected reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible for Chapter 1606 educational assistance. The Unit Commander will provide a “Notice of Basic Eligibility”. Veterans must bring this NOBE in and fill out an application for GI benefits. These will be submitted to the DVA with a certification of enrollment at OCC.
Veterans are entitled to 36 months of training under Chapter 1606, and it must be used within ten years of the date of eligibility on the NOBE.
Children must be between 18 and 26 years of age. Spouses must use the benefit within twenty years of becoming eligible.
Your school or agency can help military spouses access up to $6000 in Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Financial Assistance. There is no cost for a school to participate.
All new students who expect to receive VA educational benefits must schedule an interview with the Veterans Coordinator in the Academic Advising Office in order to obtain the proper application forms and up-to-date information regarding VA eligibility.
To qualify for VA benefits, students must enroll in a degree program or Approved Certificate Program. Certificate Programs are limited; please contact the Veterans Coordinator to verify that your particular course or program is approved.
Web Resources For Veterans
Currently Attending Veterans Students
Any enrollment changes must be approved by the Veterans Certifying Official or the student risks losing their benefits.
Join the Veterans Club through Ocean County College’s Student Life Office.