Veterans Affairs

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The Office of Veterans Affairs at Edgecombe Community College serves to help assimilate the veteran into the campus community and its environment.

The office provides a myriad of services all designed to assist the veteran in the pursuit of his or her educational objective.

Assistance begins by helping the veteran select a program of study which is suitable to his or her aptitudes, interests, and abilities. Once a program has been selected and the veteran has been accepted by the school, the veteran is assisted in completing his/her paperwork in order to be certified by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Prior to being certified, official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary training attempted must be submitted and evaluated in order that credit for previous training may be granted where appropriate.

A student must submit a certified copy of his DD-214 (Report of Discharge) and a 22-1990 (Application for Benefits). After completing the original application and providing supporting documents, the veteran must be certified by this office. This certification must show complete identifying information, file number, course name, previous credit allowed, enrollment period, expected graduation date, and additional information as needed.

Veterans who are experiencing academic difficulties in degree/diploma programs are advised to request tutorial assistance, which is provided free of charge. Veterans whose average falls below a “C” are placed on probation and are so advised (ECC probation letter). Veterans who fail to make satisfactory progress are terminated (ECC termination letter) and so advised by the school and the Veterans Administration.

This office makes referrals to local and state organizations such as the Employment Security Commission, VA County Service Officer, Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Social Services, and Health Department when possible to accommodate special needs of our veterans.

Academic Counseling

The College programs are approved for the training of veterans. Veterans and eligible veterans’ dependents who wish to pursue their education under the G.I. Bill must be counseled at the College by the Veterans’ Counselor.

Satisfactory Progress for Veterans

The Veterans Administration regulations require that veterans must maintain “satisfactory progress” in order to continue receiving their educational benefits. The following is a detailed description of the school’s policy concerning “satisfactory progress”: 1. All students are required to have a minimum of 2.0 average for graduation. 2. When a veteran fails to maintain a 2.0 grade point average, the veteran will be placed on academic probation for the following semester of enrollment. 3. At the end of a two-semester probationary period, veterans who do not have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, counting all subjects undertaken from the original enrollment, or who have withdrawn during their probationary period, will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory progress. Veterans who have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory progress must raise their average to the minimum required for graduation before being recertified for educational benefits.

Veterans Educational Assistance

  1. Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35 of Title 38) entitles dependents of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability or who has a total disability arising from a service-connected disability to receive benefits from the Veterans Administration.
  2. The Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Act Under Chapter 32, Title 38, provides educational assistance for veterans who saved money to be matched (VEAP). The program is for veterans who entered the military service on or after January 1, 1977.
  3. The Selected Reserve Educational Program, Chapter 1606, provides educational assistance for service in the Selected Reserve.
  4. Chapter 30, also known as the Montgomery G.I. Bill, covers those persons who entered active duty after June 30, 1985. GED preparation will not be covered under Chapter 30.
  5. The student initiates proceedings by contacting his local VA office. The Student Services Department is the clearing house on campus for veterans’ affairs.

Veterans Telecourse Policy

All VA students receiving educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will meet the following criteria before enrolling in a telecourse:

  1. The veteran must first meet with his/her curriculum department advisor before registration so that proper information and procedures can be discussed.
  2. A telecourse may be conducted through (1) regularly scheduled TV transmission/cable PBS educational programming and/or (2) by video cassette of the PBS transmissions.
  3. The veteran must have completed any needed remedial/pre-requisite work as determined by the school.
  4. The telecourse must be an integral part of the veteran’s current program.
  5. Veterans taking a telecourse may need to buy a workbook not required for a traditional classroom section.
  6. Veterans enrolled in a telecourse will be evaluated by the assigned faculty in accordance with established grading policies. Veterans will be required to maintain satisfactory progress and to maintain regular contact with the instructor.
  7. Veterans who withdraw or otherwise fail to complete a telecourse will be dropped as of the last date of contact with the instructor.
Office of Veterans Affairs - Points of Contact

Jackie Heath, Veterans Coordinator
Tarboro Campus, McIntyre Building, Office 115
(252) 823-5166 x254

Teresa Bottoms, Financial Aid Advisor/Veterans Affairs
Rocky Mount Campus, Barnes Building, Office 127
(252) 823-5166 x338