Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Southwest Georgia Technical College is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to our veterans, current military, and their dependents. Our goal is to assist veterans, current service personnel and/or their dependents with meeting their educational needs. We assist our students with certifying enrollment at SWGTC and advise students on proper procedures regarding their educational benefits. Although we do not determine eligibility for VA benefits, with your assistance, our office is here to assist you with certifying your enrollment to VA in an accurate and timely manner. This page is designed to provide you with information you may need to be a successful student at Southwest Georgia Technical College.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
Southwest Georgia Technical College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium comprised of more than 1700 colleges and universities. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to servicemembers, including members of the National Guard and Coast Guard, their family members, reservists, and veterans of all Services. As a SOC Consortium member, this institution ensures that military students share in appropriately accredited postsecondary educational opportunities available to other citizens. Flexibility of programs and procedures, particularly in admissions, counseling, credit transfer, course articulations, recognition of non-traditional learning experiences, scheduling, course format, and residency requirements are provided to enhance access of servicemembers and their family members to higher education programs.
For more information on the SOC Consortium and a full list of consortium schools, visit www.soc.aascu.org.
Former service personnel, current military service members, and their dependents may be eligible for education benefits provided by Veterans Affairs. Southwest Georgia Technical College has staff available in the Financial Aid Office to help you understand and maximize the benefits you’ve earned. For specific information about your GI Bill education benefits, visit www.benefits.va.gov/benefits call 1-888-GI-Bill (1-888-442-4551).
Chapter 33 Post-9/11
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Chapter 32 Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 35 Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance (DEA)
Military Tuition Assistance Programs
If this is your initial claim for educational benefits, you will need to complete an Application for Benefits (VA form 22-1990). The Department of Veteran Affairs has provided veterans and current military service members an online version of the application through eBenefits. Visit www.ebenefits.va.gov to register for a premium account and apply for your educational benefits. The website gives you the opportunity to track your eligibility for any benefits received from VA.
You are also able to print the Application for Benefits (VA form 22-1990) through /benefits or visit a local Georgia Department of Veterans Service for assistance with completing the VA form 22-1990.
Once you have been approved by the VA Processing Center, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Please submit a copy of the COE to our office. We will use the certificate to certify your enrollment so you are able to begin receiving your benefits.
Change of Program/Place of Training
If you are changing your program major, you will need to complete a Request for Change of Program or Change of Place of Training form (VA Form 22-1995/VA Form 22-5495 for Chapter 35).
If you have already been approved for VA educational benefits and decide to transfer the benefits to our institution, you will need to complete a Request for Change of Program or Change of Place of Training form (VA Form 22-1995/VA Form 22-5495 for Chapter 35).
To obtain a copy of the Request for Change of Program or Change of Place of Training form, please come by our office or visit /benefits to download the form. Once you have completed the form, drop it by the Financial Aid Office at SWGTC.
Certification of Enrollment
Once our office has determined your eligibility for education benefits, our School Certifying Official (SCO) will verify your enrollment at Southwest Georgia Technical College and submit a certification to the VA Regional Office. It is important you notify the SCO when you have registered for courses at the beginning of each semester. This will ensure your benefits are processed in a timely manner.
Laura Kelly Amy Scoggins
Financial Aid Coordinator Financial Aid Director
Primary VA School Certifying Official VA School Certifying Official
Enrollment Status Changes and Withdrawals
It is your responsibility, as a student, to notify SWGTC School Certifying Official immediately of any changes in your enrollment status, program of study, place of training, etc. These changes may impact your eligibility for VA benefits.
What do we need to certify educational benefits?
Certificate of Eligibility
Official transcript from All colleges you have attended
SWGTC Student Memorandum of Understanding (located in our office)
A copy of your course registration each semester
Notification of any changes to program, courses, address, etc.
VA Form 22-1995/22-5495, if applicable
Department of Veterans Affairs website /benefits
Monthly Enrollment Verification of Attendance 1-877-823-2378
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week Text to 838255
Chat online at http://veteranscrisisline.net/
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans 1-877-4AID-VET
SWGTC Foundation Office (Scholarships) 229-225-3977
Building A, Room 223
SWGTC Library 229-225-3958
Building D, Room 52
Counseling/Disability Services Dr. Jeanine Long
Tutoring Center 229-225-5003
Building A, Room 239
Online Tutoring Resources
Registrar’s Office 229-225-4087
Building A, Room 244
Distance Education 229-227-2680
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov
Federal School Code 005615
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Contact the SWGTC Financial Aid Office at (229)225-5036 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Financial Aid Office in Building A on our main campus.