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VA Education Benefits

A wide range of educational benefits are available to Military Servicemembers, Veterans, and their dependents through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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VA Education Benefits

Military Servicemembers, Veterans, and their dependents can review the VA education benefits program to determine eligibility based on military service by following this link: VA Education Benefits | Veterans Affairs

  • Chapter 30 – The Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33 – The Post 9/11 GI Bill for Veterans
  • Chapter 33 – The Post 9/11 GI Bill for Dependents
  • Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance

Once determined which VA education benefit program you may be eligible for, you can apply online at How To Apply For The GI Bill | Veterans Affairs (va.gov). After completing your online application, you will receive a “Certificate of Eligibility (COE)” which you can submit a copy to the college at Veterans@cambridgecollege.edu. This will help us verify your eligibility and enrollment into the VA program.

The College will submit your tuition, fee, and course(s) schedule after the ADD/DROP, or the session to the VA for payment and based on your percentage eligibility.  The payment from the VA will be submitted to the College to be applied towards your account.  Your organization can let you know when they release the funds to the college towards your tuition and fees.  If you are not covered 100%, then we recommend that you look into the “Yellow Ribbon Program” for eligibility or other funding methods such as financial aid, or payment plan to cover any remaining gap.

For eligibility questions, call GI Bill Hotline: (888) 442-4551 or visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp

The Veterans Administration has approved Cambridge College programs for VA benefit coverage. All students eligible to receive Veterans' benefits or Department of Defense Tuition Assistance while attending the College are urged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their military service regarding their plans prior to enrollment.

Enrollment Changes & Implications

Students should be aware, most benefits are dependent on enrollment.  The College reports enrollment to the VA at regular intervals through the semester.  Should a student’s enrollment change, there may be changes to the student’s benefit.

  • Any changes in enrollment such as add/drops, withdrawals or separations, unsatisfactory progress, disciplinary actions, failing grades, incomplete grades, changes to tuition and fees, etc. are required to be reported to the VA.
  • Changes in enrollment as indicated above may affect the total amount of benefits a student receives, and may result in the student being liable for an overpayment and/or be responsible to return the money to the VA. The VA may not pay for repeated courses or for courses in which a student withdraws (WD) or receives an incomplete grade (INC)

Yellow Ribbon Program 

Cambridge College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to provide funding for tuition costs that are not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Please visit our Yellow Ribbon Program page for more information.

Veterans Services Contacts

Listed below are several links that will get you started and will provide you with the information you need to take advantage of your benefits:

United States

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Massachusetts

Veterans Services Officer
600 Washington Street, 7th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-210-5480
Fax: 617-210-5755

California 

California Department of Veterans Affairs

Puerto Rico 

US Department of Veterans Affairs - Puerto Rico


Veteran is defined as a prior Military Servicemember separated under other than “dishonorable” conditions.

Military Servicemember is defined as a member of the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force) that is currently serving on Active Duty, Guard or Reserve status. Members of the Guard and Reserves must be drilling members or on active duty. Servicemembers that are in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) are not considered as currently serving for purposes of the Military benefit but may qualify for the Veteran benefit.


If you or someone you know is a Veteran in crisis or in need of mental health support, please visit our Resources for Veterans page.


Cambridge College Policies and Procedures

Transfer of Credit Evaluation

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer credit—All students receiving Veterans' benefits will have all prior education and training evaluated upon enrollment. Credit will be awarded where applicable with the program being shortened accordingly. The student and the Department of Veteran Affairs will be notified. For transfer credit information please contact your Veterans certifying representative.

 

Prior learning assessment to earn college credit and shorten your program—Veterans enrolled in undergraduate programs are especially encouraged to consider documenting their learning derived from experience in the form of standardized college-level exams and portfolios that demonstrate learning equivalent to specific college courses. For more information, ask to speak with a faculty advisor or the academic coordinator of the Cambridge College center you plan to attend, or view our Transfer Credit Policy.

 

Please review our policy on Approved Courses and Transfer Credit for Military Students to ensure enrollment certification. Service members are advised to speak with a counselor within their Military Service prior to enrollment.

Academic Progress

Academic Progress

Progress will be monitored each term for all students receiving veterans benefits. If an undergraduate student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 (graduate programs 3.0), or completion rate falls below 67% (graduate programs 50%) in all courses attempted at Cambridge College, in any term, they will be placed on academic probation for a maximum of two additional terms. If the student’s GPA or completion rate is not raised to meet graduation standards by the end of the second term of probation, the Veterans Administration will be notified and benefits will be interrupted.

Conditions for Reentrance: If the dean or regional center director determines that the conditions which caused the interruption have been rectified, the student will be eligible to receive benefits.

Delayed Disbursement of VA Funding

Delayed Disbursement of VA Funding

Students entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits with 100% coverage by the VA will not have financial aid or business Registration holds placed upon their accounts if they are unable to meet their financial obligations to the College due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33 . No late fees, denial of access to classes or College facilities, requirement to borrow funds, or other penalties will be imposed upon students for whom the VA is delayed in disbursing educational assistance. These students will be permitted to attend or participate in a course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the student provides to the College a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33, and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  •  The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

(A “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes.)

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Tuition Refund

Tuition Refund

Students receiving military tuition assistance who withdraw from a course before completing 61% of the course will be subject to the College's Military Tuition Assistance Refund Policy

Readmission of Military Servicemembers

Readmission of Military Servicemembers

Cambridge College will readmit students whose studies were interrupted due to military service.

In accordance with federal regulations regarding readmission requirements for military servicemembers (34 C.F.R. 668.18), any student who withdraws from Cambridge College because of absence due to a military service obligation will be readmitted with the same academic status as previously held if the following conditions are met:

  • The student (or an appropriate officer of the armed forces or official of the Department of Defense) must give Cambridge College notice of such service as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. Alternatively, at the time of readmission, the student may submit an attestation of military service that necessitated the student’s absence from the College.
  • The student must submit proper notification of intent to return to school within three years of the completion of military service, or within two years of recovery from illness or injury resulting from service.
  • The cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from the College by reason of military service may not exceed five years (only the time the student spends actually performing service is counted). Should the served time exceed five years, the student must reapply to the College through the Admissions Office.

Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor regarding any absence due to military service. For more general information, please contact veterans.support@cambridgecollege.edu. Cambridge College adheres to the guidelines outlined in the 2019 Federal Student Aid Handbook. 

Contractual Relations Between Military Students and Cambridge College

Contractual Relations Between Military Students and Cambridge College

Cambridge College’s mission is to provide academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.

As a consequence, Cambridge College’s commitment with military students is broad. Our administrative staff and faculty are fully committed to helping Military Servicemembers, Veterans, and dependents reach their educational goals. At Cambridge College, we offer a personalized approach to assist our students and we are trained and experienced in providing this same level of care for Military Servicemembers, Veterans, and their dependents. Many of our staff and faculty have served in the armed forces and understand the challenges faced by military families each day. We are here to help them successfully navigate from Admissions through graduation. There is a tuition discount available to Military Servicemembers and their dependents. Undergraduate tuition is reduced to the amount covered by the federal Tuition Assistance Program; the rate is subject to change. We do not charge out-of-state tuition to our Military Servicemembers or their dependents.

In Puerto Rico, Cambridge College is committed to comply with PR Law No. 109 of April 11th, 2003 Law which regulates contractual relations between military students of post-secondary education. The commitment of the College is in accordance with the provisions of the law, which states that higher education institutions must adopt the policies, standards, and procedures aimed at addressing the following measures:

1. Refunds, refunds of payments, or credit for the courses left

  • Cambridge College will reimburse, return the money paid for tuition and other expenses paid by the student or grant credit for the courses left, when the student proves to the institution that he/she has actually been activated by the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States in Puerto Rico or the Puerto Rico National Guard. Likewise, the student must present original evidence of his activation orders to the Registrar's Office of his institution, at least fifteen (15) days before the date of his activation. Failing that, it will do so within a reasonable period of time.
  • The refund or return will be prorated based on the moment in the semester in which the student has been activated. It shall be the duty of all students to notify the institution, at the beginning of each academic semester, that they are a member of the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States in Puerto Rico or of the National Guard of Puerto Rico.
  • Refunds, refunds, or credits for the courses mentioned in the previous paragraphs will be at the request and discretion of the student according to their convenience. The foregoing does not affect the right of the institution to establish a term for any of the options described above, in which the student notifies the institution of the option to which they will apply. If the student does not comply with the term established by the institution, he/she must adhere to the option that the institution establishes from those previously described.

2. Reasonable accommodation and priority in case of activations

  • When a student is activated by the military body to which he/she belongs, the institution will guarantee him a space in all the courses in which he/she was enrolled, in one of the next two academic semesters or quarters after his inactivation.
  • Likewise, the institution must guarantee the activated student, once his term of activation has ended and he/she wishes to continue his studies, accommodation and reasonable priority in the courses in which he/she was enrolled, or its equivalent at the time of his activation.
  • This will be according to the availability of the courses during that semester. Activated students who are candidates for graduation during the semester of their activation will have priority over other students in the accommodation of courses.

3. Withdrawals or incomplete studies

  • Cambridge College must indicate in the official credit transcript of the activated student that the reason for his/her withdrawal or the classification of incomplete studies during the current semester was due to the military activation order.

 

May 2022

Additional information will be reached at Financial Aid Office through sfs@cambridgecollege.edu

 


*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website. at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.