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College Catalog: Tuition Assistance, Financial Aid And Benefits: Military and Veterans Benefits Application Procedures

PDCCC offers a welcoming campus community in which veteran and military students, their spouses and dependents, are provided comprehensive student services and resources so that they can achieve their education and employment goals.


Military & Veterans: Please see our landing page which has links to the new How to Apply page for Veterans and dependents and printable Timeline Checklist. Want to see how many credits are expected to transfer in, based on your Military Occupation?

Try our Credits 2 Careers Portal for a sneak peek!


Tuition Assistance: The Department of Defense has a dedicated website for TA with links at the bottom to all the service branches’ applications: Department of Defense TA Portal.

Dependents: Additional benefits for spouses and children including MyCAA and VMSDEP can be found on our Military & Veterans Dependents page.

Attending PDCCC is affordable! Please review our Net Price Calculator page, which also includes current Cost of Attendance (billable and non-billable costs for budgeting purposes) as well as our current tuition rates. Our classes are each 1-9 credits, and we charge tuition per credit hour, based on your military or residency status. Full time is 12 credits that span the entire semester, see below for a breakdown of other enrollment information.


Veterans Regulations

Most of the programs of study listed in this catalog have been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency for the payment of Veterans Benefits, with few exceptions. Veterans may visit the Financial Aid Office prior to enrollment to speak with a Veterans Certifying Official about information concerning program certification and necessary steps for receipt of benefits.

Veterans need to be aware of the following rules concerning enrollment levels and monetary benefits:

  • The Veterans Administration makes all decisions concerning eligibility for Veteran Benefits, not the Certifying Official.
  • In degree and certificate programs, the total number of credit hours (courses numbered above 100 level, plus all developmental courses) determines the veteran’s enrollment status for 16 week sessions.
    • 12 credits = full-time
    • 9-11 credits = 3⁄4-time
    • 6-8 credits = 1⁄2-time
    • Less than 6 credits = 1⁄4-time
  • Veterans are certified according to actual start and end dates, therefore short session classes will be computed at different status rates than 16 week sessions. Short sessions, online classes, and hybrid (74A) courses do NOT count the same as full semester in-seat class sessions for VA purposes.
  • A veteran will only be certified in courses that count towards graduation for his/her program, as noted in the college catalog, plus necessary developmental courses. Running your advisement transcript will show any “unused courses” that cannot be certified.
  • A veteran may be paid for retaking a course previously failed, but not for a course that he/ she has passed and wants to take again to improve his/her grade, unless required at a higher grade for graduation, as noted in the college catalog.
  • Veterans who submit their discharge papers (DD214) will receive 2 credits for physical education (HLT/PED elective); therefore, additional HLT/PED courses are unnecessary and cannot be certified.
  • VA will pay benefits on “R” grades in developmental courses (courses numbers 1-9).
  • A veteran is allowed to make program changes and still receive benefits as long as the new program is more compatible to the veteran’s interest and desire
  • For pay purposes, if a veteran receives a “W” grade, the total number of credit hours will be reduced retroactive to the day the student withdrew from class, and may result in a debt to the Department of Veterans Administration
  • Excessive absences may result in dismissal from a course and adjustment of entitlement to benefits.
  • Most Veterans must call in each month to verify enrollment (1-888-GI-BILL-1) or may certify on the Internet at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
  • If a veteran has had prior educational training, his/her official transcripts must be received by the Admissions Office by the end of the second semester.
  • A veteran who plans to enroll at more than one school must pick which one they will get the degree from (primary school). All classes from the secondary school must apply to the degree at the primary school.
  • The Certifying Official must be notified when any changes are made to the original registration (e.g., drop/add and canceled classes). Failure to do so immediately may result in an overpayment or underpayment of benefits.
  • Please note that the final responsibility of making sure the correct courses are being taken lies with the veteran and not an advisor. When in doubt, ask the Veterans Certifying Official on campus.

FAFSA filing for Veterans

An online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted each school year to the Department of Education to determine eligibility for Pell Grant. Veterans are encouraged to apply for the Federal Pell Grant at www.fafsa.ed.gov. These benefits do not conflict with most Veteran Education benefits. Our school code is 009159.


Veterans Standards of Progress

Veterans are encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with the College Academic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policies outlined elsewhere in this Catalog for GPA requirements. Students who have been Academically Suspended or Dismissed may not receive Veteran Benefits again until they have appealed both for re-admittance to the College, and for reinstatement of benefits through the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal process.