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For New and Transfer Students Attending EMCC

1.  Choose a Program of Study at EMCC  

Apply for admissions in one of our programs of study.  Not sure what program will suit you?  Contact Admissions Staff at admissions@emcc.edu or call 207-974-4630.

Credit programs: A new Veteran applicant will complete the Admissions application (preferably online-click here) and then will schedule a time to meet a one of EMCC's VA School Certifying Official,:

Ask our Admissions staff about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) since you may be eligible to earn college credits for experiences gained outside postsecondary education. The American Council On Education is where you can request a military transcript. Go here to request one. Reducing the total number of courses you have to take to earn your degree can lower your total college expenses.

2. Sign up for VA Benefits

Credit and Non-Credit programs: Apply online for federal VA benefits (VONAPP) by going to: http://www.gibill.va.gov/ and click on “Apply for Benefits”. Transfer students will have to complete another form in the VONAPP called the 22-1995 (Change of Training or Place of Training).

Dependents & Spouses of Veterans complete VA form 22-5490.

Within 2 weeks of their application to the VA, the student will  receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from the VA. You must provide a copy of that document to EMCC's Enrollment Center. 

3.  Sign up for EMCC classes

Credit programs: After a student has been admitted to the college, Enrollment Center staff will contact them about creating an academic schedule of classes. The student will also be assigned an Advisor.
Non-Credit programs: Our Business and Industry staff will meet with you to discuss your educational goals and sign you up for courses.

 4. Submit Request For Semester Certification form

Credit and Non Credit programs: Submit the Request For Semester Certification as soon as you register for classes or at least 30-40 days prior to the beginning of the next semester of attendance to the Financial Aid Office located in the Enrollment Center, Katahdin Hall. 

Students enrolled in Credit programs are strongly encouraged to also submit a FAFSA annually at www.fafsa.gov to be considered for other sources of federal, state and college funding.

If you want to view your personal Federal VA Benefits online, please log-in HERE. First time recipients are strongly encouraged to call V.A. Buffalo to understand your educational benefit options: 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBILL 1)

 5. Consider doing a FAFSA

If you are pursuing credit courses through a degree/certificate program at EMCC, see what additional scholarships, grants, student employment of loans might be available by completing a FAFSA annually at www.fafsa.gov .

Eastern Maine Community College is approved by the US Veterans Administration for training of veterans and their dependents. Students who are eligible for VA education benefits are encouraged to complete the process to apply for benefits.

To learn more about the different programs for veteran education benefits, please click on one or more of the links below:

·    Post - 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

·    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

·    Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

·    Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

·    Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

·    Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)

Eligible Classes for Your VA Benefits

Only courses that satisfy a Veteran student's academic program requirements as outlined by the EMC catalog, based on the student's entry year can be certified for VA benefits.  If a Veteran student takes a class that does not fulfill academ...

Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607

Students receiving Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 must verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). VA prefers student use WAVE as their verification method.  Instructions to co...

Academic Evaluation of Prior College Attendance

Veterans must provide academic transcripts from all colleges they previously attended.  EMCC is required by the VA to evaluate any prior academic credit prior to certification of Veterans benefits.

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