Frequently Asked Questions
- When should I apply for my VA Benefits?
- How much money will I receive for my GI Bill?
- Will my VA Benefits be enough to cover my tuition at Clovis Community College?
- Can I receive regular financial aid while receiving VA benefits?
- What should I do if I do not receive my VA check?
- If I withdraw from school, while collecting VA and then return two (2) semesters later, will I continue to receive my VA benefits automatically?
- What changes should I report to the VA coordinator?
- How can I find out about all VA benefits I am entitled to?
 
When should I apply for my VA Benefits?
  You should apply for your benefits at least six(6) weeks prior to the semester you want to begin.
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How much money will I receive for my GI Bill?
  Your VA benefits will vary based on the type of benefit, your contract, and the number of credit hours you have enrolled for. Visit the department of Veterans Affairs Web site for current rates: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.html.
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Will my VA Benefits be enough to cover my tuition at Clovis Community College?
  The amount will be based on the type of VA benefits you are eligible for, the number or credit hours you schedule, and the current VA rates. Your VA benefits will be paid to you in monthly installments over the semester. The College expects your tuition to be paid-in-full at the start of the semester. Normally one month's check may not be enough to pay your tuition. It is the student's responsibility to pay tuition, in full, by the deadline date. Although the amount of VA benefits you receive for the semester may be more than enough to cover your tuition, the college will not wait for you to receive all your checks to pay your tuition. If you need assistance paying your tuition you should apply for financial aid.
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Can I receive regular financial aid while receiving VA benefits?
  Yes. You may apply for additional financial aid without it affecting your VA education benefits.
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What should I do if I do not receive my VA check?
  Call the Department of Veterans Affairs Toll free number 1.888.442.4551 to see if the check has been mailed/deposited. If the funds have not been released be sure to ask why not? If it is a school related concern, contact the VA Coordinator.
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If I withdraw from school, while collecting VA and then return two (2) semesters later, will I continue to receive my VA benefits automatically?
  No. Be sure to notify the VA Coordinator that you have withdrawn. When you decide to return to school you must contact the VA Coordinator to be re-certified.
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What changes should I report to the VA coordinator?
  To avoid delays or overpayment of VA benefits, each VA recipient is responsible to report any changes in status to the College VA Office: change of address, change of Program, change in credit hours, withdrawal from school.
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How can I find out about all VA benefits I am entitled to?
  Contact the VA Office Toll-Free 1.800.827.1000 or visit their website at: http://www.gibill.va.gov.
Department of Veterans Affairs
P O Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
1.888.442.4551
VA Confirmation of Enrollment Hotline 1.877.823.2378
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