Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I find out about education benefits available to veterans?
  2. How do I apply for my VA education benefits?
  3. How can I get a copy of my VA Certificate of Eligibility for Educational Benefits?
  4. What documents must I submit in order to be certified for a VA education benefits at Harford Community College?
  5. Where can I obtain a copy of my certificate of eligibility?
  6. Where can I find the VA Enrollment Packet?
  7. How can I contact HCC's Veterans Services office?
  8. If I will be using chapter 31 benefits (vocational rehabilitation program), what guidelines must I follow?
  9. What is the VA 22-1999?
  10. When will I be certified by Harford?
  11. When can I expect payment for my VA education benefits?
  12. How can I find out how much time I have remaining for VA education benefits?
  13. Do I need to notify the Veterans Affairs at HCC if I add or drop any classes?
  14. How will I receive my "kicker" if I am eligible?
  15. What is Tuition Assistance?
  16. What is GoArmyED?

How can I find out about education benefits available to veterans?

You can visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website or call the VA at 1-888-442-4551
(1-888-GI-Bill-1) to speak with a benefits counselor.

How do I apply for my VA education benefits?

Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website and complete the application or call the VA and speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

After eligibility has been determined by the VA, a certificate or eligibility letter explaining individual educational benefits will be sent to the student.

How can I get a copy of my VA Certificate of Eligibility for Educational Benefits?

The Veterans Information Portal website contains information on how to obtain a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility Online.

What documents must I submit in order to be certified for a VA education benefits at Harford Community College?

  • New Students: VA Enrollment Packet and Certificate of Eligibility or NOBE.  
  • Transfer Students: VA Enrollment Packet & copy of your certificate of eligibility from the VA.
  • Returning Students: VA Enrollment Packet and, if it has been more than four years since you attended HCC, you will need to submit a copy of your certificate of eligibility from the VA.
  • Chapter 31 Students: VA Enrollment Packet and VA 1905 form from your VA Counselor.

Where can I obtain a copy of my certificate of eligibility?

The Department of Veterans Affairs will mail you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility after your eligibility is determined.

Where can I find the VA Enrollment Packet?

The VA Enrollment Packet is available in the Financial Aid office and the Veterans Affairs office, Room 214 in the Student Services Center at HCC and Bldg 4305, Room 335, at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

How can I contact HCC's Veterans Services office?

  • HCC Campus:  Student Center, Room 214, 443-412-2421, fax:  410-272-0669
  • APG Site:  Bldg 4305, Room 335, Tiffany Morrell Soldier Support Center, 443-412-2100, fax: 410-272-0669
  • Email: vetsmilitary@harford.edu

If I will be using chapter 31 benefits (vocational rehabilitation program), what guidelines must I follow?

Students utilizing Chapter 31 benefits need to submit the following HCC forms: VA Enrollment Packet and a copy of their 22-1905 form from their VA case manager. Chapter 31 veterans benefits are determined by the Regional Veterans Office in Baltimore: 1-800-827-1000.

Chapter 31 students are assigned a case manager who will issue them a VA Form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Re-entrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status Form). The school can only certify the student for the specific program and dates listed on the VA Form 28-1905.

What is the VA 22-1999?

It is the VA Enrollment Certification Form that Harford’s VA Certifying Official submits electronically to the US  Department of Veterans Affairs to confirm your enrollment status at Harford.

When will I be certified by Harford?

You will be certified when the following requirements have been met:

  • All required forms are submitted to Harford's Veteran Services office.
  • You are registered for classes in the term for which you are requesting benefits.

VA certifications are date stamped and processed in the order they are received. Once your certification is completed you will receive a confirmation email through your OwlNet email account.

When can I expect payment for my VA education benefits?

Normally, it takes 6-8 weeks from the date of certification. Call the Department of Veterans Affairs if you have questions regarding your payments: 1-888-442-4551.

How can I find out how much time I have remaining for VA education benefits?

You must contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-Bill-1).

Do I need to notify the Veterans Affairs at HCC if I add or drop any classes?

Yes. The VA office at HCC must be notified of any changes in your semester credit load.

How will I receive my "kicker" if I am eligible?

Any money you will receive for your "kicker" should be included when your certification is processed by the VA office. If you have any questions, you should contact the VA directly.

What is Tuition Assistance?

Tuition Assistance (TA) provides financial support for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. Courses that can be approved for TA must be offered by colleges that are registered in GoArmyEd and are accredited by agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. HCC fulfills both of these requirements.

Soldiers are eligible for TA upon successfully completing one year of service following graduation from either AIG, OCS, or BOLC. Students can take up to 16 semester hours of TA-funded courses per fiscal year.

TA covers tuition and course related fees only. The consolidate fees charged by HCC are not covered under this program.

All requests from Active Duty, USAR, and ARNG Soldiers for TA must be requested and processed through GoArmyEd.

What is GoArmyED?

GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for soldiers to request tuition assistance (TA).

Students who are planning to use TA must:

  1. Register for classes through HCCs Registration and Records office
  2. Register for TA through GoArmyEd to provide the necessary funding to pay for the course

These are two separate processes, but both must be completed.

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