Below, please find the steps for Veterans and their dependents to apply for benefits, including a recommended timeline. These steps are also available as a printable timeline checklist: Veterans Benefits Application Timeline Checklist
1. Apply for Admission – Preferably, at least 30 days before classes begin:
If you attended Camp in the past and it has been more than 3 years you will need to reapply for admissions. Your completed application will indicate your Student ID number, and MyCamp username. Make sure to keep this information handy.
Use temporary password within 30 days of applying, else follow directions on webpage.
2. Log into MyCamp to set up student email – immediately after Admissions application is filed:
3. Apply with the Department of Veteran Affairs at www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ – immediately after Admissions application is filed:
- Print a copy of the confirmation number once you have applied
- The VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility in 4-6 weeks.
- Provide copy of these documents and your DD-214 to Camp Certifying Official
4. If you have used your benefits elsewhere – immediately after VA application is filed:
- You will need to notify the VA of your new school.
- This can be completed at: www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
- Veteran Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995)
- Dependents’ Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495)
- Provide confirmation number to VA certifying Official
- You may be eligible for VA Educational and Career Counseling (Chapter 36). Learn more at www.va.gov/careers-employment/education-and-career-counseling/
5. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships – immediately after VA application is filed:
- Apply online for Federal Pell Grant at – www.fafsa.gov (our school code is 009159)
- Please note: The federal government does an initial review for eligibility that takes three days before the College receives the FAFSA and reviews it for completeness. Only after the Camp Financial Aid review and completion of any required paperwork, will a financial aid award be offered.
- Federal aid requires a high school diploma or GED.
- Award updates are provided via Camp student email.
- Students wishing to borrow a federal or private loan will be contacted by our Loan Officer to discuss financial aid options under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
6. Submit the following to Admissions — within 2 semesters:
- GED/High School, College, & Military Transcripts
- Order Military Service Records
7. Each semester you will be required to submit – as soon as possible, no later than 30 days after start of term (the sooner you submit it, the sooner we can certify you):
- Copy of class schedule
- Copy of Advisement Transcript
NOTE: You must contact a campus VA Certifying Official immediately if you Drop or Withdraw from any classes.
Please refer to the College Catalog and Student Handbook for additional information about refunds, credits, and reinstatement if you are mobilized or ordered to active duty.
How to Apply: Active Duty Military
Tuition Assistance Program: Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit offered to service members to assist with the cost of tuition. Each branch of the armed services has specific tuition assistance programs. Students should contact their respective military branches for detailed information about programs that may apply to them. Speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) prior to enrolling in college, to ensure that you understand the rules.
In order to have all or a portion of their tuition and fees covered by the Military Tuition Assistance program, students must provide an authorized Tuition Assistance (TA) form to the Camp Business Office. A student with both TA and Pell Grant will have TA benefits applied prior to Pell Grant funds. If Pell Grant pays before TA funds are received, then the Pell will be refunded when TA funds are applied.
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.
Navy, Marines and Coast Guard
1. Visit the branch education portal to get started. Follow the Tuition Assistance Steps listed on the Navy College Program page
2. Complete the two required online training courses (once per naval career):
- Higher Education Preparation Course (HEUP)
- TA Policy and Procedures Training
TA must be approved by your command 14 days prior to the first day of class.
Contact Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) at 1-877-838-1659.
Visit the branch education portal to get started.
Army (Active and Reserve)
Visit the branch education portal to get started. You must apply for TA at least 14 days prior to the first day of class.
Visit the branch education portal to get started.
If you are eligible for State or Federal TA:
- Federal TA can’t be used with Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
- State and Federal TA can’t be used at the same time
- State TA can be used with CH 1606
State TA application deadline dates
Spring Semester (Jan 1 – May 15) November 1
Summer Semester (May 16 – Aug 15) April 1
Fall Semester (Aug 16 – Dec 31) July 1
Using State TA? You must contact the Campus Business Office at 757-825-2859 to claim your TA. Depending on funding, only tuition may be covered.
Using your GI Bill® with TA
If you plan to use your GI Bill® with TA, please notify your campus VA Certifying Official each semester that you will be using both benefits.
Disclosure of Conditions and Additional Requirements Related to Obtaining Credentials
Certain programs of the college have conditions imposed by state, federal, and corporate entities and other requirements related to obtaining credentials.
Such conditions or requirements are detailed in the program description found in the Paul D. Camp Community College Catalog and Student Handbook.
These include licensure/certification requirements and fee information (e.g., nursing licensure exams), specific physical demands of the workplace (e.g., vaccinations), and potential licensure/certification and/or employment limitations for students with criminal backgrounds (e.g., in securing employment as a police officer or working with children).
Application materials for selective admissions program, i.e., those programs that require an admissions application in addition to the general admissions application for the college, also disclose special conditions, requirements, and costs.