How to Use Benefits
The CGCC Veterans Services Office is the liaison between you, the veteran or dependent of a veteran, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click on your chapter of benefits below to access the necessary paperwork to request to use educational benefits. Below are the steps you will need to take to start this process.
Download the Veterans Enrollment Checklist, a checklist (with links) of every step needed to apply for GI Bill® benefits and enroll at CGCC.
Please be aware that meeting with an academic advisor and attending the New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students. You may also be required to take Placement Testing.
Continuing students only:
Advising is strongly recommended, but if you do not desire academic advising this semester, you may enroll in classes and submit forms directly to Veterans Services. We will verify that your classes apply to your program of study, as required by VA.
Complete and submit necessary paperwork to the CGCC Veterans Services Office after you are finished registering for classes. Select the appropriate chapter on the Forms/Enrollment Certification tab to determine what you will need to submit.
You will need to submit a new Request for Benefits form each semester you wish to use your VA education benefits (after you have enroll in your classes).
Students using GI Bill® benefits may be eligible for a tuition deferment, but it is not processed automatically: the Request for Benefits form is required.
Changes in schedule/enrollment
If you make changes to your class schedule after your benefits have been processed, it is your responsibility to notify the CGCC Veterans Services Office of these changes. If you do not contact our office in a timely manner, it could create an overpayment of benefits which you will need to repay to VA.
Veteran Residency for Tuition Purposes
Veterans with an honorable discharge, as well as veterans within three years of discharge from service and their dependents using transferred Post-9/11 benefits, are entitled under state law to petition to be reclassified as in-state residents for tuition purposes, regardless of their length of residency in Arizona. This change is NOT automatic: there is documentation that needs to be turned in to the Admission and Records office BEFORE the start of the term:
- DD-214 (Member 4 copy) showing honorable discharge
- Proof of intent to reside in Arizona, such an Arizona driver's license or Arizona voter registration.
- The Domicile Affidavit form, available from Admissions & Records
- Proof of lawful presence must also be submitted to Admissions & Records to receive in-state tuition. (See Residency Verification here.)