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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. 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.
  3. The student initiates proceedings by contacting his local VA office. The Student Services Department is the clearing house on campus for veterans’ affairs.

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.

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.

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