Central Oregon Community College is proud to serve veterans and their dependents. The Veterans Certifying Official is in the Boyle Education Center on the Bend campus. Walk-ins are welcome during the following times:
Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm
To establish your benefits at COCC for the first time, please visit the Boyle Education Center and submit the following documents to the Veterans Certifying Official once you are registered in class:
- Copy of Certificate of Eligibility
- DD-214 (Member 4 copy)
- All official military and college transcripts.
The COCC Veterans Certifying Official must certify you each term you are planning to enroll in classes at COCC if you want to use your VA education benefits. It can take up to 4 weeks to process your application.
If you are using Chapter 35 benefits (Dependents' Educational Assistance), you may be eligible for the tuition waiver. Tuition waivers must be completed each aid year and submitted by the first Friday of the term.
To submit an online veteran certification request:
- Register for program eligible courses.
- Login to your Bobcat Web Account.
- Select 'Student Services & Financial Aid' and then 'Financial Aid'.
- Click 'My Eligibility'.
- Choose 'Student Requirements' and select aid year.
- Click on 'Veterans Request for Certification' and complete the form.
Continuing students can also request certification in person by visiting the Boyle Education Center. If you change your degree or certificate program, you must request certification in person.
What Courses Can Be Certified?
- Short-term courses calculate differently than full term courses. If you wish to receive full time benefits, make sure you are enrolled in 12 credits for the entire term.
- Waitlisted courses cannot be certified until you are actually registered.
- Online courses less than 100 level cannot be certified.
In Addition to Veterans, Who Can Be Certified?
Dependents of . . .
- A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
- A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
- Dependent must qualify for Educational Assistance with the Veteran Administration,
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students using VA educational benefits at COCC must earn at least a 2.0 GPA each term to maintain good standing. The terms of COCC's Academic Warning Policy for all students, including those using VA educational benefits, are outline on pages 24-25 of the catalog.
Academic warnings are reported to the VA each term. If a student using VA educational benefits receives a Fourth Academic Warning, their benefits will be terminated at COCC and they will not be eligible for reinstatement for one calendar year, in accordance with the Academic Warning Policy. Please note: Students receiving federal financial aid are also bound by the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) upheld by COCC's Financial Aid Office.
The VA prohibits any program of study from being comprised of more than 85% veterans or veteran dependents who are using VA Educational Benefits. This is outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. COCC programs that have a high percentage of veteran enrollment may be limited to new veteran students or their dependents using VA Educational Benefits. For more information on this, please contact COCCs Veterans Certifying Official at 541-383-7264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information on Applying for VA Educational Benefits