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 Success Pocket Guide, a checklist (with links) of every step needed to apply for GI Bill benefits and enroll at CGCC.
Please be aware that Placement Testing, Academic Advisement (Coyote Kickoff) and New Student Orientation are mandatory for all new-to-college students.
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 below to determine what you will need to submit.
You will need to submit a new Request for Benefits form each semester after you are enrolled 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 your enrollment status changes, it is your responsibility to notify the CGCC Veterans Services Office of this change in status. 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 are entitled under state law HB 2410 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 showing honorable discharge
- Proof of Arizona voter registration (if you already have an AZ driver's license, you can register to vote at azsos.gov)
- Proof of intent to reside in Arizona, such as an Arizona driver's license. (You can also register to vote at Dept. of Motor Vehicles when you get your license.)
- The Domicile Affidavit form, available from Admissions & Records
HB 2410 applies only to the veteran; it does not apply to spouses/dependents or those using transferred benefits.