Military and Veteran's Services

Here at Atlantic Cape Community College, we are dedicating our time and effort to support our Veterans in reaching their educational goals. We acknowledge all of their efforts and sacrifices in keeping our nation safe and strong and we are proudly developing new support systems to help our Veterans with the transition from soldier to student.

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At Atlantic Cape, we are pleased to provide the services of a dedicated counselor,   Ms. Ellen Splaver, who will be available to our Veterans for:

  • Academic career counseling
  • EOF services
  • Mental health referral services
  • and other support as needed

The Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office Certifying Official, Michelle Andrews, is also available to help students navigate through the educational benefit process.

For more information on educational benefits visit: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

It is Atlantic Cape's sincere hope that by providing comprehensive student services for our Veterans, they can continue their journey toward building a bright future for themselves and their families.

For more information on services for Veterans, please call 609-343-5129 Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs or 609-343-5096 Counseling Office.

Veterans Educational Benefits

The Admissions office at Atlantic Cape Community College is the liaison with the VA Regional processing Office in Buffalo, NY to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, reservists and National Guardsmen/women with the application and certification process. This office will  assist the student to apply for their respective education benefits for the Montgomery GI Bill under Chapter 30,31,32,35,1606,1607,VEAP or Post 9-11/CH 33. Questions regarding the eligibility of a veteran or dependent can be answered by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 or e-mailing the VA at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

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 If you are Active Duty, a member of the Army/Air National Guard, or a military dependent/spouse, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (609) 343-5082 or (609) 463-4774, ext. 5082, e-mail finaid@atlantic.edu.

 

For support in coordinating   tuition assistance and active member waivers, please contact   Daymis Alicia.

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At Atlantic Cape, we are pleased to provide the services of a dedicated admissions representative,   Carol Fraone, who is available to any new military/veteran student.

Other Resources:

Military/Student Categories

Any individual who is currently under contract with any branch of the U.S. military in an active duty status, may qualify for Tuition Assistance. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between the member's command and the Atlantic Cape Cashier's office. This benefit is separate from VA Education benefits.

Prior to enrolling into an institution, service members need to first check with an education counselor or Educational Services Officer (ESO), for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office, contacting your education counselor or ESO, or by going online to a virtual education center.

Current drilling members of the New Jersey Army/Air National Guard may qualify for the state guard tuition waiver. This waiver covers the cost of tuition minus any tech fees. Guard members may also qualify for select chapters of VA education benefits which are separate from the NV Guard waiver program. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Must be a spouse, child, step-child, or adopted child of a veteran who is deceased (service connected) or is rated 100% disabled (service connected, permanent and total) or an active duty member who has transferred their education benefit to a qualifying spouse or dependent while on active duty and/or before retirement. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Any member of the U.S. military that has served on active duty and has accumulated qualifying time in service may be eligible for VA education benefits. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs, based on the following categories: qualifying active duty time, disability rating if applicable, and type of discharge from the U.S. military.
 

Veterans Aid

Veterans and eligible dependents may qualify for additional assistance. If you believe you may qualify, obtain a transmittal form from the Financial Aid Office at (609) 343-5082 or (609) 463-4774, ext. 5082, e-mail Financial Aid or call the Veterans Administration Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000. Benefits usually begin eight to 10 weeks following submission of this form to the Veterans Administration.

Higher Education Benefits Signed into Law for Veterans August 2017

Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law.    

The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state, public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges.  

See entire article here.

Veterans' Benefits

More information can be found here: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty

More information can be found here: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve

Members of the armed forces who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, have remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI bill or those who switched from the VEAP program before being involuntarily separated after February 2, 1991. Student must fill out VA Form 22-1990-Application for Educational Benefits at https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/vonapp.asp. Copy of DD-214 (Member Copy #4) and the certificate of eligibility from the VA are to be submitted to the admissions office.

Veterans having a service connected disability that entitles them to veteran compensation can receive tuition and fees paid to the  college under this program. The Department of Veterans Affairs in Newark, NJ  must submit VA Form 28-1905-Authorization and Certification of Entrance and Reentrance Into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status Form to the admissions office. This form allows Atlantic Cape Community College to bill the VA for tuition and fees at the time of registration.

More information can be found here: Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

This program provides financial assistance for members of the armed forces who initially entered the armed services after December 31, 1976.

Veterans who have served at least 90 days in active duty service since September 10, 2001. Students must fill out VA Form 22-1990-Application for Education Benefits at https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/vonapp.asp. Copy of DD-214(Member Copy 4) must be submitted to the admissions office. Submission of Form 22-1990 or certificate of eligibility(approval) from the VA is required for Atlantic Cape Community College to bill the VA for tuition and fees. At the time of registration. The BAH for Atlantic Cape Community College effective January 2011 is 1,992.00 a month. The percentage of eligibility for the Chapter 33 benefit as defined by the VA will determine the exact BAH benefit for each veteran.

More information can be found: Post 911 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Surviving spouses and children of veterans who died of a service connected death, disability, or surviving spouses and children of veterans with a permanent service connected disability. Students submit VA Form 22-5490-Application For Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance at https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp . A certificate of eligibility must be submitted by the student to the admissions office in order to be certified.

More information can be found here: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

This benefit is for students who are currently serving in the selected reserves. This includes the New Jersey National and Air National Guard. Complete VA form 22-1990-Application For Educational Benefits at https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp to apply for GI Bill benefits. Form  2384 Notice of Basic eligibility(NOBE) needs to be submitted to the admissions office along with copy of a DD-214(Member copy 4-long form). The NOBE is issued by the student’s reserve unit.  If the student is in the National or Air National Guard a complete application for financial aid must be on file with Atlantic Cape Community College in order to use the tuition waiver. This form is issued to the student from their local reserve unit.

This benefit is for students who are currently serving in the selected reserves and were ordered to go on active duty. Complete VA Form 22-1990-Application for Educational Benefits at https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp to apply for GI Bill benefits. A copy of a DD-214(Member 4-long form) needs to be submitted to the admissions office.

Additional Resources for Veterans

Local Veterans Centers

6601 Ventnor Avenue, Suite 105
Ventnor, NJ 08406
Phone: 609-487-8387
Fax: 609-487-8910

4005 Route 9 South
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
Phone: 609-886-2762
Fax: 609-886-4161