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VETERANS SERVICES

Service Members 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. 

Service Members Opportunity College

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a member of the Service members 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 service members, 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 service members 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.

Educational Benefits

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). 

Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form

Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Form

         

 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

 

 

Apply

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 www.benefits.va.gov/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 www.benefits.va.gov/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

Phone: 229-225-5221

Phone: 229-227-2687

lkelly@southwestgatech.edu

ascoggins@southwestgatech.edu

 

                            

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?

 

                  

Resources

 Department of Veterans Affairs               

 www.benefits.va.gov/benefits

 Monthly Enrollment Verification of Attendance

 (WAVE)

 877-823-2378

 www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

 Veterans Crisis Line

 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 Phone:  800-273-8255 x1

 Text: 838255

 Web: http://veteranscrisisline.net

 National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

 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

 229-227-2668

 jlong@southwestgatech.edu

 Tutoring Center

 229-225-5003

 Building A, Room 239

 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

 School Code: 005615

 

Learn More

We're here to help, and it's easy to get started. Call, email or stop by the Financial aid Office with any questions or needs you may have.

Contact the SWGTC Financial Aid Office at (229)225-5036 or financialaid@southwestgatech.edu.  Visit the Financial Aid Office in Building A on our main campus

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