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Veterans Educational Benefits

CPTC is a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). We adhere to the SOC Principles and Criteria, and we welcome active-duty, reserve, National Guard military personnel, veterans and their families to be a part of the student body.

Location

Building 17, Room 250

Hours

Monday-Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact

Glenda Epps
253-589-5581

Marie Ott
253-589-4402
vaoffice@cptc.edu

Most programs offered by CPTC are fully approved for benefits under the following Veterans Administration regulations:

  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill®)
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Chapter 32 (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®)
  • Chapter 34 (Old GI Bill)
  • Chapter 35 (Survivors & Dependents)
  • Chapter 106 (Reserves)

For questions about eligibility, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551. For veterans services you can visit gibill.va.gov. Currently enrolled VA students may report their monthly attendance by calling 1-877-823-2378. You can contact the CPTC Veteran's Certifying Official at (253) 589-5581/4402 or email vaoffice@cptc.edu.

VA New Student Checklist

For complete new student process, download the VA New Student Checklist.

VA Attendance Verification

For instructions and information on VA attendance verifications, download the VA Attendance Verification Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money will I receive each month and/or how much eligibility do I have?

You may find out how much money you will receive and/or your eligibility by contacting the VA Education Customer Service Office at 888-442-4551.

How do I apply for veteran's benefits?

The VA requires you to be admitted with a scheduled start date for a program. For steps on getting started at CPTC, click here.

What documents may be needed to apply for veteran's benefits?

Depending on your situation, applicable documents are listed below:

  • Copy of your DD-214
  • Marriage License
  • Divorce Papers
  • Birth Certificates

Because your DD-214 is the most important separation document you receive, we advise that as a safeguard you take a copy to the following agency to have it certified:Pierce County Annex, Room 200, 2401 South 35th Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.

What forms do I need to fill out?

The following forms listed below are available at: www.gibill.va.gov

  • 22 - 1990    Application for Educational Benefits
  • 21 - 686      Declaration of Dependents
  • 22 - 1995    Change of Programs
  • 22 - 5490    Application for Survivors, Dependents (Chapter 35 only)
  • 22 - 5495    Change of Programs (Chapter 35 only)
  • 572             Change of Address
  When do my checks start arriving?

If your paperwork is complete at least 30 days prior to your start date, you are eligible to sign up for advance pay. That check will have your eligible pay for up to the first two calendar months of college attendance, depending on when you enroll.

The check will be available at the college on or about the first day of attendance.

If you are unable to sign up for advance pay, the VA sends your first check to your home address, and it usually arrives 2-15 weeks after you start college.

How do I verify my attendance to the VA?

Some students are required to verify their attendance the last day of each month. The method may vary depending on which chapter your VA benefits fall under. Verification will done by phone, mail, or online.

Phone: 877-823-2378

Website: www.gibill.va.gov. Click Information for Veterans, then Verify your attendance.

Mail: If you are required to submit your attendance by mail, the VA will mail you the required form each month.

What do I do if my check is late?

If you do not receive your check within 15 days after you submit your verification of attendance, contact the VA Regional Office's toll-free number at 888-442-4551. You will be able to make an inquiry.

What do I do if the VA Office tells me the college has not submitted any paperwork?

Immediately contact CPTC VA Certifying Official, at 253-589-5581/4402.

What do I do if I need to change my enrollment status to part-time?

Immediately contact CPTC VA Certifying Official, at 253-589-5581/4402.

What am I required to do to continue receiving benefits?

The VA requires that you maintain satisfactory progress in your program and submit your verification of attendance. Verification does not apply to Chapter 33 (Post 9/11).

Can I receive credit for my military experience?

Upon receipt of your DD-295, our CPTC credentials evaluator and CPTC program faculty will determine transfer of appropriate military coursework.

If you have course work from other accredited colleges or universities, please have an official transcript sent to: Attn: Credentials Evaluator, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.

If you have undocumented experience for which you would like credit, please contact your program instructor for a Prior Learning Assessment. This assessment process has a minimal charge payable at the Cashier's Office prior to the evaluation.

In all cases, you will be notified of the outcome in writing.

Veteran Work Study Employment

To be eligible for work study as a veteran, you must:

  • Be a veteran who is currently utilizing your benefits.
  • Be enrolled 9-11 credits (part-time) or at least 12 credits (full-time).
  • Be enrolled in a program approved by Veteran's Affairs.

Once approved for work study, you must take a job that involves direct service to other veterans. Clover Park Technical College offers a few jobs that meet this requirement. You may contact CPTC's veteran's certifying official at 253-589-5581/4402 or email at vaoffice@cptc.edu.

Priority Registration for Veterans

Clover Park Technical College is pleased to allow priority registration as defined by RCW 28B.15.621 section 7b to eligible veterans and National Guard members who are continuing, returning or new admitted students. 

RCW 28B.15.621 section 7b (HB 1109) defines an eligible veteran as follows:

"Eligible veteran or national guard member" means a Washington domiciliary who was an active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces, or a national guard member called to active duty, who served in active federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge.”   

Priority registration per this law is defined as: 

“Veterans continuing in their program of study will have priority registration over non-veteran continuing students. Registration for this group will be during the special population priority registration, usually the first two days of registration.” 

CPTC procedure:

  • Veterans on established target start lists will have priority over non-veteran students and will register for their first quarter classes during the “continuing student registration” segment of the registration cycle.  Please be advised that priority registration as defined in HB 1109 does not affect placement on target start date.
  • Eligible veterans who are NOT already using VA benefits at CPTC,must furnish proof of eligibility the quarter before they intend to enroll.
    • Bring an original DD214 to the office of the Director of Enrollment Services in Building 17 prior to the 10th day of the current quarter to be eligible for the following quarter.
    • Please note that a copy of the DD214 will NOT be accepted to determine priority registration eligibility.
  • Eligible veterans who are currently using VA benefits at CPTC will be notified by email about specific dates for priority registration.
  • Veteran students who are close to completing their program requirements have the responsibility to inform the VA Certifying Official about their planned graduation date so that necessary coding can be applied.

Veterans Resource Center

Our Veterans Resource Center guides veterans to resources in the community and at Clover Park Technical College. It's located in Building 22, Room 121. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

You may want to visit the Veterans Resource Center if you:

  • Are family of an active-duty Army, Marine, Air Force or Navy
  • Recently left active duty and would like help getting started with the paperwork for your GI Bill, VA Healthcare or filing disability claims
  • Are a veteran interested in pursuing a new career
  • Are a CPTC continuing-education veteran
  • Are a returning CPTC veteran student
  • Are a student veteran at CPTC and desire to work and study in a calming and relaxing environment
  • Are a veteran student and enjoy socializing with other military family members, active duty soldiers or veterans

For more information, contact Shawn Durnen, veteran.navigator@cptc.edu, 253-589-5966.