Educational Resources

Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you are eligible for BOTH the Montgomery GI Bill-Chapter 30 AND Post 9/11-Chapter 33, please contact the Veteran Certifying Official on-campus before electing a chapter. Election in the Post 9/11-Chapter 33 program is IRREVOCABLE!

Learn More About The GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Administration provides programs of financial assistance for the education and training of eligible veterans and veteran dependents. These programs are designed to encourage self-improvement and offers financial help to such veterans and veteran dependents in raising their educational level. Curriculum programs are approved by the North Carolina State Approval Agency for training veterans under Public Law 894 and for children and widows of certain deceased or totally disabled veterans under Public Law 634. Carteret Community College has been approved for the training of veterans. Veterans, spouses, widows, and children of deceased veterans who want to attend school under US Code 10 or 38, Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607 may be admitted to Carteret Community College and approved to receive educational benefits provided they meet the requirements established by the Department of Veterans Administration.

V.A. Toll Free Telephone Number and Internet Address

Call the toll free number if you need to communicate directly with the Veterans Administration. The number is 1-888-442-4551. Veteran students should be prepared to give their veteran file number (veterans social security number) to the Veterans Administration counselor who answers the telephone. You may also contact the Veterans Administration by email by going to the veterans affairs web site at www.va.gov and maneuver to the “Ask A Question and Find An Answer” page.

All students receiving Veterans Educational Assistance are encouraged to visit the Veterans Educational homepage at: benefits.va.gov/gibill/

How to Apply for Veterans Educational Assistance for Veterans & Reservists

You must apply with the Veterans Administration to begin using your educational benefits.

There are two ways for you to apply for these benefits:

  1. Apply on-line at: http://www.gibill.va.gov and click on Apply for Benefits. Please read the instructions listed on the website carefully before choosing this option. This application can also be downloaded from the GI Bill website.
  2. If you are using the Survivors and Dependents Educational Program-Chapter 35, it is recommended that students apply in-person with the county Veterans Service Officer.

The Carteret County Veterans Service Office can be found at 3710-B John Platt Drive, Morehead City, NC 28557 (ph. 728-8440). Other required information may include a marriage certificate, children’s birth certificates, divorce decree, or a deceased spouse’s death certificate.

In addition to applying with the Veterans Administration, you must:

  1. Submit the Institutional Application for Veterans Benefits and two copies of your DD-214 or NOBE (if you are the veteran or reservists) to the Financial Aid/Veterans Office at Carteret CC. This application can be found by clicking on the forms link of the Financial Aid/Veterans page.
  2. Complete the process for acceptance into an approved program of study:
    1. Submit an Application for Admission to Carteret Community College
    2. Request official transcripts from high school, GED scores, and other college or university transcripts, if applicable.
      Note: official high school transcript must include graduation date.
    3. Take the placement test. Contact Academic Support Center at (252) 222-6218 or academicsupport@carteret.edu.

V.A. Student Responsibilities

  • A veteran student must notify the Veterans Certifying Official with a change of major program of study.
  • A student must contact the Veterans Administration if there is a change in address or number of hours enrolled.
  • A veteran student may not enroll in a class outside his or her approved curriculum as indicated on the curriculum check sheet.
  • A student receiving Veteran benefits is not allowed to repeat any courses for which he or she has previously been given credit. It is the student’s responsibility to enroll in only those courses required for graduation.
  • In addition, a veteran student may pursue a double major by completing a Second Major form with the Registrar’s Office.

Enrollment Status

Enrollment status is based on registered credit hours that count towards the students program of study and length of enrollment for the term. Classes taken outside of the students major will not be included in enrollment status for VA purposes.

Post 9/11 Veterans: If you are enrolled solely in distance learning courses, the housing allowance will be prorated.

For a Veteran Education Assistance and Semester Hours and Length of Term Equivalents table download the download here.

Audit, Enrollment Change, College Prep Course, and Repeat of Courses

Courses taken for “Audit” purposes will not be calculated in the VA enrollment status. In the event a student changes his course(s) to “Audit” after the beginning of term, the enrollment status will be reduced by the appropriate amount. A repayment of aid may be required.

If a student changes his or her enrollment status during the term, or during the academic year, the VA will be notified, and benefits will be decreased by the appropriate amount.

A student’s placement test scores and/or prior college coursework will determine whether or not remedial coursework is required.

College prep (remedial) courses that are taught completely on-line can not be certified for enrollment purposes.

A student can repeat a course that was failed in a prior term.

Enrollment can not be certified for courses that are previously taken and passed.

Change of Major, Program of Study, or Place of Training

If a veteran student wants to change his or her major program of study or transfers from one school to another, he or she should complete the Form 22-1995 or Form 22-5495, located in the Financial Aid/Veterans Office or on the VA website.

Certification Periods

Veterans are required to notify the VA Certifying Official at financialaid@carteret.edu after registering for his/her next period of enrollment. Students who register late and/or do not notify the VA Certifying Official may experience a break in pay.


A veteran student is expected to attend class. As with all students, a veteran student exceeding the allowable absences will be dropped from class. This drop will be reported to the Veterans Administration, and benefits will be adjusted accordingly.

Verification of Attendance

Most veterans receiving MGIB-Active Duty benefits (Chapter 30), as well as those in the Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606 and/or 1607), must verify their enrollment each month to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be verified on the last calendar day of the month by logging on to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at gibill.va.gov wave or by calling the VA toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.

Paper verification forms (VA Form 22-8979) will no longer be issued for persons receiving Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607 benefits.

The next monthly check will be held until enrollment is verified by the Veterans Administration. To ensure timely payment, it is important to submit this information as soon as possible.

Course Substitution

A veteran student is expected to follow the curriculum standards as shown on curriculum check sheets, unless a course may be substituted to meet a requirement. A student may request course substitution with the submission of the Course Substitution Recommendation Form.

Independent Study

Under certain circumstances some courses may be taken on an independent study basis. The student must contact their advisor and curriculum coordinator for details in requesting approval to take a course by independent study.

Satisfactory Progress for V.A. Benefits

Probation will occur when a student’s major grade point average drops below 2.0. A student on probation may receive benefits for the next enrolled term; however, it is incumbent that the student improve his or her grades by the end of the probationary term. Failure to do so will result in suspension.

Suspension will occur after a student, on academic probation, fails to improve his or her GPA to at least a 2.0. A student on suspension cannot receive veteran’s benefits until his or her grade point average improves to the minimum standard.

If a student feels that he or she should be considered an exception to the minimum grade point average standard, then the student must petition the Veterans Certifying Official detailing his or her extenuating circumstances.

Double Majors and Dual Objectives

  • A double major is a student enrolling in 2 Associate degrees at the same time and at the same school. For example an AAS in Criminal Justice with a AA in in Associate in Arts.
  • A dual objective is a student enrolling in and pursuing an Associate’s degree and an Non College Degree NCD (certificate or diploma) at the same time and at the same school. For example, an AAS in Office Administration and a certificate in Business Administration-Management. Chapter 35 students cannot be certified for a dual objective.

Tuition Assistance

Standard Operating Procedure Regarding Department of Defense Voluntary Education Directorate Institutional Compliance Program

As part of its efforts to eliminate unfair, deceptive, and abusive marketing aimed at Service members, Carteret Community College follows the standard operating procedures outline below:

  1. The College bans any inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis [defined as “an insignificant amount”] to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to Tuition Assistance (TA) funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible
  2. The College refrains from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance;
  3. The College refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Additionally, the College refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

All Service members are advised to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Branch of Service prior to enrollment in the institution.

Service members are also advised to speak with the Financial Aid Office regarding applying for and receiving Federal, State or Institutional financial aid.  Carteret Community College does not offer Federal or private student loans.

Contact Information
Brenda Long, Veterans Certifying Official
(252) 222-6151

Mary-Lynn Perricone, Student Life Coordinator
Bryant Student Center, Room 3113
(252) 222-6253

Location & Hours
Carteret Community College
Bryant Student Center Building
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 222-6080
Monday-Friday | 8AM-5PM

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