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 over500 students attending the college. Additionally,
Hopkinsville Community College maintains a Student Veterans Organization (SVO).
Contact for Assistance
Office: English Army Education Center, Room 231C, 202 Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell,
Phone: 270) 707-3952
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Technology Building, Room 204, 720 North Drive, Hopkinsville,
Phone: 270) 707-3807
VA Benefits Programs
The following VA benefit programs are in place at Hopkinsville Community College:
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (active duty or veteran status)
- Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 30 (active duty or veteran status) must have served in
the United States Armed Forces and participated in the GI Bill program. In most instances,
veterans must also have been honorably discharged. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990
at www.gibill.va.gov.The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School
Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation (service-connected disabled veterans)
- VA Vocational Rehabilitation / Chapter 31 (service-connected disabled veterans) must
make application with a local VA caseworker to have rehabilitation plan developed
indicating an HCC degree plan. The student must provide a copy of the certificate
of eligibility, VA Form 1905 (generated by the vocational rehabilitation counselor),to
the HCC School Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.
Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service
on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected
disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible
for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on
or after August 1, 2009. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School
Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college. Certified veterans using Post 9-11 Chapter 33 benefits may defer payment until the
tuition benefit is received by the college or until the end of the semester, whichever
comes first. Post 9-11 Chapter 33 and grant/loans are posted to the veteran's student
account in the order the funds are received by the college.
Chapter 35 Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (dependents and
spouses of 100% disabled or deceased veterans)
- Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (dependents and spouses
of 100% disabled or deceased veterans)/ Chapter 35 must complete Form 22-5490 (application)
and submit to the Department of Veteran Affair. Once the benefit is established, the
VA will issue a certificate of eligibility to the dependent/spouse. The student must
provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School Certifying Official
upon enrollment at the college.
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (selected guard and reserves)
- Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 1606 (selected guard and reserves) must have completed
all initial entry training (IET) and are now assigned to a Reserve and/or a Kentucky/Tennessee
National Guard Unit. Please submit a copy of your DD 214 Form and NOBE (Notice of
Basic Eligibility, obtained from your unit education officer).Veterans must complete
Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov. The student must provide a copy of the certificate of eligibility to the HCC School
Certifying Official upon enrollment at the college.
Chapter 1607 Reservists Call to Active Duty (REAP)
- Montgomery GI Bill / Chapter 1607 (REAP) must have been called to active duty under
federal authority for a contingency operation as determined by Congress or the President.
Veterans must have served on active duty in a contingency operation for at least 90
continuous days after September 11, 2001. You must remain within your component to
use benefits. Veterans must complete Form 22-1990 at www.gibill.va.gov.
VA Work Study Program
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
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:
- DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
- Kicker/Buy Up documentation
- College Fund documentation
- VA Certificate of Eligibility
- Copy of current semester/term college class schedule
Veteran Students' Responsibilities
Tuition and Fee Payment:
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.
Academic Progress and Enrollment:
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.
Veteran students at HCC must do the following to ensure continued benefits:
- Notify HCC's School Certifying Official every term enrolled in which VA benefits are
expected by submitting a new schedule each semester.
- Complete an academic plan with an academic advisor and return to the School Certifying
Official with a copy of a current class schedule.
- Notify the School Certifying Official if you:
- change your degree program
- change your schedule / add or drop (notification required within two days)
- withdraw completely (notification required within 24 hours)
- change your address
Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 Monthly Verification
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.
Kentucky Tuition Waiver Program
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
Credit for Prior Training and Experience
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
Military credit / transcripts can be obtained from the following locations: