Veterans Affairs

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Welcome to Edgecombe Community College. We are delighted that you are interested in our college and look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals. We are proud and confident of the relationship we are building with the men and women in uniform that bravely serve this country, those who have served and their families. Our goal is to enhance the education experience of veterans and eligible family members by providing access to educational benefits within a supportive environment. Edgecombe Community College was ranked as a Military Friendly school by Victory Media in 2014 and Best for Vets by the Military Times in 2015. We fully understand the unique needs of our veteran student population.  Our diverse range of courses, programs, and support services will help you be successful.

Role of the Office of Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans’ Affairs serves to help assimilate veterans into the campus community and its environment. The office provides a myriad of services all designed to assist veterans in the pursuit of their educational objectives.

Enrollment Pathway

Step 1: Apply for VA Educational Benefits

Complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) to apply for the VA Educational Benefit that will best benefit you.

Step 2: Apply for Admission to ECC

You may submit an online application or obtain a printed application from Student Service on either campus.

Step 3: Submit all Official Transcripts

Prior to being certified for benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your high school/GED equivalence and from any college/universities you have attended to the Admissions Office. 

Step 4: Apply for Financial Aid

You may qualify for federal financial aid. Visit to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ECC’s federal school code is 008855.

Step 5: Visit or Contact the Office of Veterans Affairs

After you have been accepted to the college, make an appointment with the School Certifying Official to discuss your next steps. In order to serve you better, please bring with you to your appointment the following items:

  • DD-214, Member 4 copy
  • Copy of all transcripts (high school, college, and military) that have not been previously submitted
  • Certificate of Eligibility (or copy of completed VA Form 22-1990)
  • Notice of Basic Eligibility (reserves)

Step 6: Register for Classes

You will be appointed a counselor to register you for your classes. The counselor and you must complete and sign the Veteran’s Registration Form. This form must be returned to the School Certifying Official before classes can be certified with VA. 

Satisfactory Progress for Veterans

The Veterans Administration regulations require that veterans must maintain “satisfactory progress” in order to remain eligible for their VA educational benefits. The following is a detailed description of the school’s policy concerning “satisfactory progress”:

  1. All students are required to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for graduation.
  2. When a veteran fails to maintain an overall cumulative 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.
  4. 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. Post-9/11 GI Bill (38 U.S.C. Chapter 33) Provides educational assistance to service members who served at least 90 days of aggregate active duty after September 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or honorably discharged or discharged with a service-related disability after 30 days of service.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), Chapter 1606, provides assistance to eligible members of the Selected Reserves. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components.
  5. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), Chapter 1607, provides assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the President or Congress. 

Office of Veterans Affairs - Points of Contact

Teresa Bottoms, Financial Aid Advisor/Veterans Affairs Coordinator
Tarboro Campus, McIntyre Building, Office 105
(252) 823-5166 x154

Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an innovative new GI Bill Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to enable student veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help reach their educational goals and find a good job.