TCL is committed to serving veterans, active duty military, their spouses and dependents stationed in the Lowcountry. TCL is an approved institution for administering the educational benefit programs of the Veterans Administration (VA) as well as a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

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Please choose from the options below to learn more about enrolling at TCL. These instructions are customized based on your military affiliation, so please read them thoroughly.

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VA Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my VA benefits here at TCL?

This is a pretty tricky question, because it will depend on a series of multiple factors, such as the following:

  • Has the student previously utilized their VA benefits? If so, do they have any benefits or entitlement remaining to use it here at TCL?
  • If a student is eligible, all of our credit-based programs are currently approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • There are currently only three Continuing Education programs approved by VA
    • CDL—Commercial Driver’s License
    • Welding
    • EMT—Emergency Medical Technician

How can a Veteran, National Guard Member or Reservist apply for VA benefits?

We encourage all military-affiliated students to please contact the United States Department of Veteran Affairs Education Office at 1-888-442-4551 for information pertaining to your eligibility for VA benefits.

  • Apply for VA Benefits: If eligible, have them apply online at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/*Please allow up to four to six weeks for processing.
    • For Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607 Recipients: Please print out your Certificate of Eligibility or Eligibility Information from the VA website within four to six weeks, after it has been processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Please send this document to gibill@tcl.edu.
    • For Chapter 31: Veterans’ Readiness and Employment Program® (formerly VA Voc Rehab) Recipients: Within four to six weeks, students will be assigned to a VA Educational & Career Counselor who will send the approved Vocational Rehabilitation Authorization Form (VA 28-1905) via Tungsten to the Business Office.

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How can a military-affiliated spouse or dependents apply for VA benefits?

Technically, there are only two VA Educational Assistance programs, that dependents may qualify for:

  • Ch. 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® Benefits (for Spouses and Dependents: Service Members have the option to transfer their Post 9/11 benefits to their spouse and/or dependents prior to being discharged from active-duty military service via https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/. For assistance, please call VA at 1-888-442-4551.
    • After the transfer has been approved, dependents can apply online for the Post 9/11 benefits at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/*Please allow up to four to six weeks for processing. VA will send a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. Please send that document to gibill@tcl.edu. This document must be in the student’s name.
  • Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance®: If the veteran has died or is permanently disabled from service connected causes, dependent children (ages 18 through 26, unless student meets exception guidelines) and/or the spouse may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits. They can apply online at https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/. For assistance, call VA at 1-888-442-4551.
    • VA will send the Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. Don’t forget to send that document to gibill@tcl.edu

What does TCL need to report my current enrollment status to VA?

  • All VA-eligible students must register for classes each semester to utilize their VA.
  • Every student must complete the Veterans Certification Form, once they register for classes each semester, please have them submit back to our office via gibill@tcl.edu.

How many credit hours do I need to take to be considered full-time?

  • Students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to be considered full-time during the full Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Students enrolled in the mini Fall and Spring terms and summer semesters should always consult with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as their office performs a calculation based on the start and ending dates. (S/N: They can potentially take roughly around nine credit hours).

Will VA directly pay the cost of students’ tuition and fees?

There are only two VA programs that will pay the school for the costs of tuition and fees:

  • Chapter 31: Veterans’ Readiness and Employment Program® (formerly VA Voc Rehab)
  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®
    • Students who are eligible for less than 100% of entitlement will still have to pay out-of-pocket depending on whether they also apply for financial aid and other assistance programs (i.e., scholarships).

When will the school begin receiving payments for my current enrollment?

  • Our VA initially reports enrollment information without the tuition and fees, so that our Post 9/11 students can start receiving their book stipend (specifically to pay for the First Day Complete Program out-of-pocket) and housing allowance.
  • During the first week of classes, we go back to review enrollment and report the tuition and fees so VA can start sending tuition payments to TCL within the next couple of weeks.

Do I need to inform TCL’s VA Office, if I add or drop classes?

Yes, please! We always want students to let us know when they make schedule changes, as this may result in an underpayment or overpayment situation.

Do I need to inform TCL’s VA Office, if I change my major?

Yes, please! There is a separate VA Change of Major Form that students must complete based on their current VA educational benefit.

  • VA Form 22-1995 for all VA programs, except for Chapter 31 and 35 students
  • VA Form 22-5495 for Chapter 35 students

Can I take any classes, even if it is not applicable to my program?

This is definitely a “no” answer. Students must be enrolled in courses based on their current program of study. Otherwise, VA will not pay for those “other” courses.

When will I receive my payments from VA?

If TCL has already reported the semester enrollment. please contact the United States Department of Veteran Affairs Education Office at 1-888-442-4551 


Other Military-Related Frequently Asked Questions

How can I use Military Tuition Assistance?

  • Please contact your Education Officer on-base. Once you have been approved for Tuition Assistance, you will need a print out of your degree plan.
  • Once the Education Office receives the degree plan, please submit the Tuition Assistance Voucher to the Business Office or via email at ta@tcl.edu.

Do I qualify to receive MyCAA as a military spouse?

Active Duty Military Spouses Only*: Apply for the MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Account) Scholarship on https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/. Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 can potentially begin and complete their college coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades. Please contact the Education Office on base or a MyCAA Career Coach at 1-800-342-9647 for more information on how to apply.

  • Education & Training Plan: You will need to contact our Military & Veteran Affairs Office to obtain your personalized Education & Training Plan (ETP) for your MyCAA Career Coach to evaluate and approve your eligibility. MyCAA recipients must complete and submit all admissions requirements before asking our office to complete this document.
  • Submit MyCAA Voucher: Please submit your MyCAA Scholarship Voucher to the Cashier’s Office at ta@tcl.edu or inside Building 3 (Beaufort Campus) each semester.
    • Please note that this program will only pay up to $4,000 towards tuition.

How can I apply to receive Free Tuition as a dependent of a veteran?

Children of deceased or 100% disabled Veterans, who were killed or disabled during military service, can attend any SC State supported institutions up until their 26th birthday and pay no tuition. Applications are available via: https://scdva.sc.gov/education or inside Building 2: Coleman Hall.

  • If approved, you will get a letter mailed from the South Carolina Department of Veteran Affairs. Please send a copy of that letter to gibill@tcl.edu.
  • Financial Aid will post the award on your account, once you register for classes.

How can I apply to receive the SC National Guard CAP Program

The SCNG College Assistance Program will pay 100% of college tuition and fees at state supported institutions up to $4,500 per year, with a lifetime cap of $18,000 per service-member. Service Members must be in good academic with the institution to receive CAP funding.

  • To determine eligibility, contact your National Guard Education Office Liaison or Commanding Officer. Apply online via: https://www.scguard.ng.mil/Resources/Education-Office/.
  • If approved for CAP funds, our Office of Financial Aid will need to verify your eligibility based on your current financial aid status. You can contact them at financialaid@tcl.edu or (843) 470-5961.

Need Help

Military & Veterans Navigator / VA School Certifying Official:

Jamella Taylor
Military & Veterans Navigator / VA School Certifying Official
Phone: 843-525-8340
gibill@tcl.edu

On Base:

Jeff Bosley
jbosley@tcl.edu

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
Mondays & Wednesdays — 1100–1500
Phone: 843-228-2659

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Tuesdays & Thursdays — 1100–1500
Phone: 843-228-7494