In 2013, the NC General Assembly (SB 402) directed NC colleges and universities to work together to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for the administration of State funded financial aid.
The state of NC will utilize a Residency Determination Service (RDS) to determine a student’s residency status for tuition and state aid purposes. Effective October 23, 2017, CVCC staff will be unable to make any residency decisions or changes for students.
Applicants will be required to complete an online Residency Interview before submitting the Application for Admission.
Please review important and detailed information about NC Residency.
Veterans Administration Educational Benefits
Welcome to CVCC! We are proud to help coordinate your VA benefits with your educational goals.
CVCC is approved for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. Most programs are approved but any student wishing to use VA benefits should contact the VA Certifying Official in Student Services.
- You must qualify to receive veteran's education benefits. Eligibility is determined by Veterans Affairs, not CVCC.
- Visit the GI Bill website to apply for benefits. The VA will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility.
- CVCC has no control of VA policy and rulings. It is your responsibility to comply with VA rules and procedures covered in appropriate laws, regulations, and pamphlets.
- If you are a new student at CVCC and wish to use VA benefits, then open the New VA Student Checklist for instructions. No certification can be made until all these requirements are met.
- VA students are responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and books at registration. Only Chapter 33 students may defer tuition and fees by completing a tuition waiver each semester; see your Certifying Official.
- VA payments are made directly to you after classes have begun. VA students are encouraged to apply for Federal Financial Aid as well; go to the CVCC Financial Aid web page for information.
Note: Corporate and Continuing Education programs are not approved for VA educational benefits. However, some certification programs may qualify for reimbursement by the VA. Check with the VA before enrolling in any continuing education program. Call 1 (888) GIBILL1 or 1 (888) 442-4551.
Staying on Track
- For detailed information regarding your responsibilities as a VA student, open Essential VA Information—Understand Your Responsibilities (PDF). Notify the VA Certifying Official in Student Services of any changes in your schedule.
Program changes must be made in writing with the VA Certifying Official in Student Services, and will require an official transcript evaluation before certification in the new program.
- Please remember, CVCC is not the VA and has no control of VA policy and rulings. It is your responsibility to comply with VA rules and procedures covered in appropriate laws, regulations, and pamphlets.
CVCC VA Certifying Official:
Elen Gibbs, Student Services
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4205
Local VA Offices
Hickory VA Office, 1st Plaza
1985 Tate Blvd, SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Newton VA Office
Government Center, Room 045
100-A SW Blvd., Newton, NC 28658
GI Bill website
- The GI Bill website is your "go to" source for information. Here you can compare programs, apply for benefits, verify attendance and access other useful resources.
- The VA recommends that you receive your education benefits via direct deposit. Federal law will eventually require all payments to be made this way. The request can be made in writing, by calling a VA toll free number, 1 (877) 838-2778, or online through WAVE. You will need your VA file number (social security number), the routing number for your financial institution, the account number, type of account--savings or checking. A mail-in form is available from the VA Certifying Official in Student Services.
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