Hopkinsville Community College is approved by the state of Kentucky as a training facility for veterans applying for VA educational benefits. The HCC Office of Veterans Services provides service to over 500 students attending the college. Additionally, Hopkinsville Community College maintains a Student Veterans Organization (SVO).
Wayne Rhoades, School Certifying Official
Office: English Army Education Center, Room 231C, 202 Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223
Phone: 270) 707-3952
Janet Level, School Certifying Official
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Technology Building, Room 204, 720 North Drive, Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
Phone: 270) 707-3807
The following VA benefit programs are in place at Hopkinsville Community College:
Some VA students are eligible to apply for VA work study positions. HCC offers a number of customer service work study positions in the academic affairs and student services departments. Additional VA work study information is available from the Veterans Services offices at both campuses.
Eligibility for VA educational benefits are determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri. Forms may be obtained online at www.gibill.va.gov. Students eligible to receive VA educational benefits must submit a copy of their schedule to the college's VA Coordinator. Any change in your program or schedule must be promptly reported. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.
After gaining admission to Hopkinsville Community College, students should go online to www.gibill.va.gov to begin the process of applying for VA benefits. If you are a veteran transferring from another school, you must fill out Form 22-1995 "Change of Program or Place of Training." If you are a family member or dependent, you must fill out Form 22-5495 "Change of Program or Place of Training." The following documents should be presented to the college's School Certifying Official when making application for VA benefits:
Students are responsible for paying all college tuition and fees. HCC and the VA do not have an agreement to process tuition/fee waivers; therefore, failure of the VA to pay students in a timely manner does not eliminate or delay students' financial responsibility to the college. It normally takes the St. Louis VA processing center 6-8 weeks to process new education claims, so please plan accordingly.
Veteran students at HCC have ongoing responsibilities to the VA. The HCC School Certifying Official closely monitors each student's enrollment status and academic program. The student's entitlement is based on the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled. Current pay rates can be viewed on the GI Bill website.
Veteran students at HCC must do the following to ensure continued benefits:
All students receiving Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 benefits must verify their monthly enrollment on the last day of each month or after. The benefit (monetary award) will not be released by the VA until this is done. Enrollment verification can be accomplished by using the VA toll-free telephone number 1-877-823-2378 or the WAVE feature found on the VA website www.gibill.va.gov.
The Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program is an educational benefit provided for children, step-children, adopted children, spouses, and un-remarried widows and widowers in recognition of military service of certain disabled or deceased Kentucky veterans. Additional information about this program and the application process is available at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs or by contacting the HCC SCO at either campus.
HCC is required to evaluate prior educational training and experience. This includes military training and experience received while on active duty and any coursework taken at educational institutions even if the coursework was not paid for with VA benefits.
Military credit / transcripts can be obtained from the following locations: