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As a Designated Military-Friendly school, the SCC family is proud of the men and women who have valiantly served in the U.S. military. Veteran students, we welcome you and your families and offer assistance and guidance as you pursue your educational ambitions.
SCC works with student veterans to transition from the military to civilian life. We are here to make the transition easier on you. Our veteran services coordinator is committed to assisting you with accessing financial assistance. Whether you need assistance completing a FAFSA application or activating your benefits, we are here to help.
What financial opportunities are available to veterans?
- Complete the FAFSA application. You may qualify for federal student aid.
- Explore scholarship opportunities.
- Activate your VA Education Benefits (GI Bill®)
- Work with our veterans coordinator to discuss additional options.
How do I use my benefits?
Our New Veteran Checklist will assist you in starting off on the right foot and provide tips on how to use your benefits at SCC.
What else should I know?
St. Charles Community College will not penalize or prohibit a Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation student from attending or participating in courses while awaiting VA payment (for up to 90 days). We will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transitions Act of 2018)
Important note regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits and Bookstore Course Material Access charges: These charges are automatically billed to a student account and are considered book charges by the VA, therefore the school is unable to bill these along with tuition. The VA intends for GI Bill® students to pay the school for these costs with their book stipend received directly from the VA.
Programs (VA, Tuition Assistance, MyCAA)
The Higher Education Relief Opportunities For Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 aims to ensure that service members receiving student aid are not affected because of their military status. Among those who are eligible for the HEROES Act of 2003 are active-duty military and members of the National Guard serving during a war, along with their spouses and dependents.
You should also speak to your advisor about getting a course extension should you not be able to complete any work for a class because of a military obligation.
SCC also has a course withdrawal process specifically for active-duty students See Board Policy at 424 Military Duty (stchas.edu).
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This law provides that institutions of higher education that receive any state funds shall limit the tuition charged to combat veterans to $50 per credit hour, as eligibility is determined, for any program leading to an undergraduate certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A combat veteran is any person who served in armed combat after Sept. 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military, and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions. More information on the Act can be found on the MDHE website.
Section 103 of Public Law (PL) 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018,’ amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.
Pending Payment Compliance
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), St. Charles Community College adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. St. Charles Community College will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
More information about our services can be found on our website under Disability Support Services.
- tutoring free of charge
- computer lab with Internet and word processing programs
- study skills assistance
- supplementary books and study guides
- ESL assistance
- First-Alert Program
For more information please check out Student Life section of this site.
In addition to keeping SCC safe and secure, Department of Public Safety officers provide a number of services. From assisting motorists with lockouts and jump-starts, to providing an escort on campus at night, officers are available to assist students, employees and visitors.
- job search assistance
- career counseling
- career assessment
- resource library
- resume writing
- networking and interviewing
- annual job fair