Veterans Affairs

Active duty service-members, veterans, and their qualified dependents may be eligible for VA education benefits authorized under specific chapters of Title 38 of the U.S. Code. This office provides specialized customer services and information to assist students in establishing eligibility for and receipt of VA education benefits. This office cannot determine eligibility, but can assist in the submission of applications and supporting documents. Only the Department of Veterans Affairs can determine student eligibility for benefits. The primary function of this office is to certify and report enrollment information to the VA to facilitate the receipt of benefits by eligible students.

Office Location and Contact Information

Griffin Hall, Room 212
Phone: (757) 825-2909
Fax: (757) 825-3537

Overview of VA Education Benefits

There are various VA education programs available, all of which have their own unique qualifying criteria and rates of payment. These programs do not pay a student’s tuition (except for Chapter 31), instead; students pay their own tuition and then receive monthly benefit payments from the VA. Eligible students may apply for advance payment of benefits and also take advantage of the college’s tuition payment plan (Nelnet). The VA benefit amount is determined by the student’s training time. The VA established levels of training time are: “full”, “3/4”, “half”, and “less than half”. Refer to the Training Time Equivalency Table for specific information. Benefits for students training while on active duty and those training less than half-time are limited to the amount of tuition and fees paid. As the number of credits determine the payment amount, it is absolutely essential that students immediately report all changes in enrollment (drops/adds) to the college’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

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Military Dependents Tuition Benefit:

Who is eligible for this benefit?» Military assignment» When does the benefit begin?» How does a student maintain in-state status for tuition?» What verification is required to receive the benefit?»

Other Programs and Services for Veterans:

Vet Center» VA for Vets» Iraq and Afghanistans Veterans for America (IAVA)» National Resource Directory» Transition Assistance Program (TAP)» Military OneSource» Warrior Gateway Program» Veteran Gold Card» Military Pathways»

Money Management Resources:

Military Pathways» Disaster Support Programs» 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy (American Institute of CPAs )»

Active duty military dependents (spouse or children) are eligible for in-state tuition.

Affects only those families whose active duty military member or activated or temporarily mobilized reservist or guard member is assigned to a permanent duty station within Virginia or a state contiguous to Virginia or Washington D.C. Temporary assignments do not qualify nor do assignments to a base located outside of the above listed areas.

Eligibility begins as of the date a person’s permanent location has been assigned. The benefits of this legislation are not retroactive to terms beginning prior to their date of alleged entitlement. The date of alleged entitlement is the date of admissions or acceptance.

After initial eligibility, continued eligibility is based solely upon continuous enrollment of the student, not on the status or reassignment of the military sponsor. Continuous enrollment shall be recognized as at least one course for credit in consecutive fall-spring-fall (etc.) terms. Lack of summer enrollment does not disqualify the student. Continuous enrollment also includes moving from an undergraduate to a graduate degree program in consecutive (fall-to-spring or spring-to-fall) terms.

  • A copy of the sponsor’s official military orders
  • Documentation verifying Virginia residence (lease, mortgage statement, housing acceptance letter, or utility bill.)
  • Student’s military dependent I.D. card

If you have served in any combat zone, Vet Centers are in your community to help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services. You’ve earned these benefits and there is no cost to you or your family members. There are 300 Vet Centers across the US and surrounding territories (US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa).Call during normal business hours at 1-800-905-4675 (Eastern) or 1-866-496-8838 (Pacific)

Facilitates the reintegration, retention and hiring of Veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  They offer career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. VA for Vets is your gateway to a rewarding career serving our nation’s Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.  All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services.

Iraq and Afghanistans Veterans for America (IAVA) is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide, IAVA is building the next greatest generation with a three-pronged model based on advocacy, awareness, and assistance. IAVA programs empower our community online and off-line, and include Smart Job Fairs, our signature New GI Bill calculator and Community of Veterans, a veterans only social network.

The National Resource Directory is a comprehensive, free, online tool for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services. The law creating TAP established a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), to give employment and training information to armed forces members within 180 days of separation or retirement.

Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today or call 1-800-342-9647.

The Warrior Gateway Program has been designed to promote easier reintegration into home communities. It establishes a single capability that serves as a trusted and reliable resource for the military community to quickly locate service organizations that satisfy their needs, identify academic programs they are interested in and easily find employers seeking their valuable skills, while enabling improvements in the service provider sector through metrics and collaboration.

The Veteran Gold Card provides post-9/11 veterans with extra support as they transition out of the military. Once a veteran has downloaded the Veteran Gold Card, he or she can access six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country.


Military Pathways provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The self-assessments are a series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling and whether they could benefit from talking to a health professional.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Staff at the Office of Service Member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are there to see that military personnel and their families have a voice at the “CFPB”. They understand that military life can have some extra challenges, such as deployment and frequent moves, and that those challenges can sometimes have powerful financial repercussions. They also know that there are businesses and scammers that target service members with bad deals and outright rip-offs, and that there are other businesses that treat them well

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy (American Institute of CPAs) – Members of our nation’s Armed Forces are trained to defend our country in a moment’s notice. But like non-Service members, they have to take care of the home front too. Understanding budgeting, saving and investing is a first step toward financial freedom.