Veterans Education Benefits

Getting the Most out of VA Education Benefits / GI Bill® at Prescott College

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

 

Thank You For Your Service

Prescott College would like to thank our veterans and active service members for their service to our country. We hope that you enjoy your time at Prescott College and wish you the best success in your educational goals. To help support your educational goals, Prescott College became certified as an Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus in late Spring 2011.

Approved in late Spring 2011, Senate Bill 1373, section 41-609, established the certification criteria by which the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (ADVS) can designate an institution as an Arizona Veterans Supportive Campus.

For information or questions regarding veterans education at Prescott College, use the below contact:

Deborah Kronz
School Certifying Official
P: 928-350-1108
E: Deborah.kronz@prescott.edu or veterans@prescott.edu.

 

As the first private college in Arizona certified as a Veterans Supportive Campus, we continually strive to better support veterans and military families. With all programs based in the liberal arts, the environment and social justice, Prescott College’s small class sizes and award-winning experiential and practical based learning approach offers an option otherwise not available in Arizona or much of the nation. Many veterans find that our unique approach to experiential education is an ideal fit for their approach to learning.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) employs student veterans and offers the following services: peer support for student veterans and military family members; orientation sessions; one-stop resource center for college, community, state, and national resources; community outreach and collaboration of veteran services; and ongoing involvement in the education/training of the college community in regards to veteran culture.

The VRC is only open during the Fall and Spring Semesters. You can contact the Veterans Resource Center at 928-350-1108.

Veteran and Military Family Club 

Based on the interest of current students, Veteran and Military Family Club can provide a supportive community for students, friends, and family members of those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. The club can offer opportunities for networking, a place to meet and discuss ideas for addressing the needs of student veterans, and opportunities for team-building and community outreach. By cultivating this group the Veteran and Military Family Club will be able to adequately assist the Prescott College community in supporting, understanding, embracing, and working cohesively with veteran, active duty and reserve service members, their friends and their families.

For questions, contact our School Certifying Official at veterans@prescott.edu or 928-350-1108.

Veteran Readiness and Employment, Chapter 31

Veteran Readiness and Employment, Chapter 31 works differently from most other VA educational benefits. If you are interested in a veteran readiness and employment at Prescott College, there are several resources that can help you get started.

To apply for veteran readiness and employment, apply at the link below.

Veteran Readiness and Employment, Chapter 31

After your application has been processed, the Prescott College VA School Certifying Official, Deborah Kronz, can assist you with additional information and placement and can be contacted by clicking here.

 

GI Bill® Information

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Prescott College is proud to support our veterans by accepting the GI Bill® for tuition costs. Students who are eligible for veterans education benefits may use their benefits at Prescott College.  The majority of our programs are approved for veterans education benefits.

While using a GI Bill®, course fees are not automatically billed to the VA for payment,  therefore more expensive fees may contain hundreds of dollars of sub-fees that you will have to pay. The VA requires the college to dissect the course fee and remove portions for housing (camping), food, transportation, etc. The VA will only cover fees that are directly associated with tuition and attendance at the college.  For instance: the technology fee, sustainability fee and activity fee.  Once we confirm which courses fit into your degree requirements, we must review an itemization of the fees and remove anything related to camping park entrance fees, college vehicle use, transportation, housing and other miscellaneous items listed.

Please visit the link below to apply for your veterans educational benefits or call 1-888-442-4551.

Apply for Benefits

 

If you have used veterans education benefits before at Prescott College, but do not want to be certified for a particular term, notify the School Certifying Official.

An example of a time you may wish to not be certified is if you are taking few credits and want to save some of your benefit.

P: 928-350-1108

E: veterans@prescott.edu

 

Active duty veterans who qualify for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® may be eligible to transfer their benefits to their dependent spouse and/or children. For more information or to begin transferring your benefits, log in to the VA’s eBenefits site at the link below.

Transfer Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched an innovative new GI Bill® Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill® Comparison Tool is designed to enable student veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach their educational goals and find a good job. Visit the link below to explore your options.

Comparison Tool

Please stay up to date on your remaining entitlement. To check your remaining benefits, please log in or create an eBenefits account. This feature, provided by the VA, will allow you to check your remaining amount of GI Bill® benefits and allow you to see what you have used.

The GI Bill® can cover all in-state tuition and fees at public degree granting schools, but may not cover all private degree granting schools and out-of-state tuition. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional support in those situations. Institutions voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund uncovered charges. VA matches each dollar of unmet charges the institution agrees to contribute, up to the total cost of the tuition and fees.

Check Your Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Program

Educational Requirements

You are required to complete a working degree plan with your adviser before you will be certified for your second term. Please provide a copy of your Degree Plan to the School Certifying Official. Edits throughout your semesters at Prescott College may be necessary to continue using your education benefits. 

Click on the button below for more information on meeting the requirements and allowing the School Certifying Official to submit your enrollment certification to the Veterans Administration.

Degree Plan/Academic Requirements for Veterans Education Benefits

The school cannot report your enrollment or bill to the VA for a term if any of the classes on your schedule do not match your degree plan.  Delaying these updates may delay your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) or subsistence payments and/or payment for tuition and fees.

Explore and design the degree plans at Prescott College at the link below.

Always ensure that your degree plan is updated by communicating with your Prescott College Adviser, via the link below.

Degree Plans

Advising Center

The VA will only pay for classes multiple times in the following situations

  • No Credit (NC) grades and Last Date of Attendance must be reported to the VA. If you earn an NC in a class or stopped attending before the term ended, you will owe the VA for the portion of the class you did not attend.
  • Classes that are successfully completed may not be certified again for VA purposes if they are repeated. However, if a class is failed, or if a program requires a higher grade than the one achieved in a particular class for successful completion, that class may be repeated and certified to VA again.
  • If a course is required for graduation, you may repeat the course and be certified for it until it is successfully completed. You should contact the VA School Certifying Official about re-taking a class. 

VA auditors have access to and often review all veterans files.  If they see that you have retaken a course inappropriately, you will owe a debt back to the VA or to the school.  If the School Certifying Official's review revieals a course that should not have been taken, it must be reported to the VA.

Think twice before withdrawing from a course. This could mean you officially reported a withdrawal to the registrar, or it could simply mean you stopped showing up to class. If you withdraw from a class, Prescott College will have to report to the VA the last date of attendance and the VA will require you to repay the tuition for the portion of the course you did not finish.  The VA will only pay for “seat time” or the time you attended on a regular basis. 

Checklist

Utilize the checklist at the link below to ensure that you are ready for the next steps in the Certifying Process. 

Veterans Education Benefits Checklist


Agreement

When you have completed the necessary items on the checklist and are ready to proceed with your benefits, follow the link below to complete the Veterans Education Benefits Agreement.

Veterans Education Benefits Agreement

Getting Veteran Support in Prescott

Below are the points of contact in Prescott who can assist with varying aspects of educational benefits as well as health and wellness support.

Veterans Crisis Line

Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring responders through confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Text to 838255
800-273-8255 press 1
www.veteranscrisisline.net

U.S. Vets
1040 Whipple St. #400
Prescott, AZ, 86305
Offers job assistance as well as housing and support for low-income and homeless veterans and their families. P: 928-583-7204
W: http://www.usvetsinc.org/prescott
AZ Department of Veterans
Services

600 E. Gurley St. Ste. D
Prescott, AZ 86301
Provides information, counseling, and assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in matters pertaining to  federal and state benefits earned by honorable service in the U.S. Armed Forces P: 928-443-0167
W: https://dvs.az.gov/services/benefits
Veterans Resource Center of 
America

600 E. Gurley St. Ste. F
Prescott, AZ, 86303
Provides case management and temporary financial assistance to homeless veterans and their families, or those at risk for homelessness.  P: 928-776-0766
E: navrc@vetsresources.org
W: www.vetsresource.org/vrc-prescott.html
Northern Arizona VA Healthcare
System

500 Hwy. 89N
Prescott, AZ, 86313
Provides inpatient and outpatient medical and mental healthcare in Prescott for veterans throughout Northern Arizona. Offers specific programs for caregivers, women POWs, returning service members, and veterans who are homeless or involved in the justice system. P: 928-445-4860
W: www.prescott.va.gov
Phoenix Regional Benefit Office 3333 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 W: www.benefits.va.gov/phoenix/
VA Veteran Homeless Help Line
 
  P: 800-698-2411 #6
be Connected
 
Connecting Arizona service members, veterans, families & helpers to information, support and resources.

P: 866-429-8387

W: beconnectedaz.org

VA Debt Management Center
 
Non-medical debts, including education P: 800-827-0648
TAP-Transition Assistance Program
 
Helps veterans transition from the military to civilian careers. W: www.benefits.va.gov/tap
Make the Connection One-stop resource where veterans and their families and friends can privately explore information about physical and mental health symptoms, challenging life events, and mental health conditions. Provides resources and support W: www.maketheconnection.net
Wounded Warrior Project
 
Offers mental health, health and wellness, employment, education, family support, peer support, benefits advice, and information and referral services. Also, helps wounded warriors gain greater independence.

P: WWP Resource Center: 888-997-2586

P: Phoenix Office: 480-946-0663
W: www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Veterans Upward Bound/TRIO

Yavapai College - Learning Center
1100 E. Sheldon St, Bldg 1-209 B
Prescott AZ 86301

 

Motivates and assists veterans in the development of academic and other skills necessary for success in a college program P: 928-717-7686
W: vub@yc.edu
Prescott Vet Center
3180 Stillwater Dr. St. A
Prescott, AZ, 86305
Free services include individual and group counseling for veterans and their families, employment assessment and referral, substance abuse assessment and referral, bereavement counseling for families, outreach and education. P: 928-778-3469
W: www.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter.asp
Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System
500 Hwy 89N, Prescott, AZ 86313
Provides inpatient and outpatient medical and mental healthcare in Prescott for veterans throughout Northern Arizona. Offers specific programs for caregivers, women, POWs, returning service members, and veterans who are homeless or involved in the justice system. Houses veterans service and advocacy organizations P: 928-445-4860 or 800-949-1005
W: www.prescott.va.gov
eBenefits
 
Apply for and manage all your VA benefits.
Check your remaining months of and eligibility period for GI Bill® Benefits.
W: www.ebenefits.va.gov
GI Bill® Customer Service
 
  P:888-442-4551 (888-GI BILL-1)
W: www.ebenefits.va.gov
Customer Service for Vocational
Readiness and Employment

 
Some education benefits, many non-education benefits, and Muskogee Regional Processing W: www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp
Request for Change
of Program or Place of Training
If you have used your benefits at another school, fill out form 22-1995 on W: www.va.gov/vaforms/
Military Transcripts
 
Air Force Veterans order transcripts at www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp
All other branches order at: https://jst.doded.mil/jst/