2.9 Veterans Services

The Maricopa Community Colleges' veterans' services offices act as liaisons with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the state approving agency. Each program must be approved by the state approving agency. Students may be eligible to receive educational benefits if they are registered in courses that apply to the student's approved programs. Application forms, counseling, advisement, tutoring, and priority enrollment are available for students who are eligible for veteran's educational benefits. Students applying for veteran's educational benefits should allow eight to ten weeks before receiving benefits. The amount of benefits awarded is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is based on the number of credit hours or clock hours for which a student is enrolled and the length of the enrollment period for each course.

Prior to enrolling, eligible service members receiving tuition assistance must speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their military service branch/ organization.

Veteran's benefits available:

  • Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Chapter 31 - Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
  • Chapter 32 - VEAP Program
  • Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill® & Transfer of Eligibility to Dependents (TOE)
  • Chapter 35 - Survivors and dependents of deceased/100% disabled veterans
  • Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill®, Selected Reserve

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.    

Covered individuals (as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 3679) utilizing Chapter 33 , Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 32, Chapter 35, or Chapter 1606 VA education benefits may attend or participate in a program of study during the period beginning on the date the individual provides the educational institution a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), a Statement of Benefits obtained from eBenefits, or a purchase order for Chapter 31, and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date upon which payment from the VA is made to the institution;
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility.  

No penalty, including the assessment of late fees, and/or the denial of access to classes or other institutional facilities will be imposed on the individual due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 33, 30, 31, 32, 35 or 1606.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the office that serves veterans at their campus regarding any change in enrollment, address, program of study, enrollment at another institution, or any other change that may impact their veteran's educational benefits.

Those students receiving benefits must follow the VA academic progress policy to continue to receive benefits.

Academic Progress Policy for Students Receiving Veteran's Educational Benefits

Department of Veterans Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veteran educational assistance program make satisfactory academic progress toward achievement of their educational objective (program of study). A student who does not meet the minimum standards of 2.0 upon completion of 12 or more credit hours will be placed on probation, at which point the student will have no more than two semesters in which to improve academic standing to acceptable. At this point, if satisfactory academic progress has not been demonstrated, veteran educational benefits will be terminated. Benefits may be resumed when the student raises the cumulative grade point average to the required minimum standards or demonstrates the ability to meet these standards through the approval of a written appeal. For appeal procedures, contact the office that serves veterans at your campus.

For additional details and information regarding veteran's educational benefits, contact the office that serves veterans at your campus.

Distance Learning:

The course content and competencies for distance learning classes are the same as courses offered in-person or in a hybrid format.  The courses offered in this format lead to completion of MCCCD degrees and/or certificates of completion.
Colleges use Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Canvas and RioLearn for online offerings.  These portals are used for both hybrid and online classes.  Students must use their Maricopa Enterprise ID and password to access the portal.  The link to the portal is provided on the college home page and on www.maricopa.edu/students, the district’s website for student access to Maricopa tools.  Maricopa-assigned student email addresses are used for communicating with students within the tools.  Students are also able to communicate with the instructor through the LMS, via Maricopa e-mail or by phone.

Externship Programs:

The Maricopa Community College’s official district course descriptions for credited experiential learning opportunities (Internships, Externships, Practicums, and Clinicals) state the amount of hours required in order for a student to receive college credit.  The descriptions also indicates if a maximum amount of credit is allowable for any given experiential learning opportunity.  Each course that includes an experiential learning opportunity is assigned a Maricopa instructor of record who is responsible for ensuring that the student completes the required hours and assignments in order to receive credit.  Additionally, the instructor works extensively with a site supervisor to ensure that the student is making satisfactory progress and meeting the time requirements. the experiential credit process for the student includes the specific course details and learning outcomes, how hours will be tracked, and what is required for grading and course completion.  The instructor submits the final grade for the experience.  Maricopa's experiential learning process is in compliance with CFR 38 21.4265

 A complete list of internship courses, along with course objectives, can be found on the Maricopa Community College’s District – Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation website, located at: https://asa.maricopa.edu/departments/center-for-curriculum-transfer-articulation.

Prior Credit Evaluation:

Department of Veterans Affairs requires that all persons using any type of Veteran’s educational assistance must have all prior education and training evaluated.  Students will be required to request transcripts from all prior institutions, including military training.  Without all prior institutions and military training, veteran educational assistance may not be certified.  Transcripts will be evaluated and credit will be granted, as appropriate.

AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation Process, June 4, 2024
AMENDED through Direct Approval by the Chancellor, April 14, 2021 
AMENDED through Direct Approval by the Chancellor, October 21, 2020 
AMENDED through Direct Approval by the Chancellor, March 6, 2019
AMENDED through Direct Approval by the Chancellor, September 17, 2018
AMENDED through Direct Approval by the Chancellor, April 17, 2018
AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation Process, May 16, 2016
AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation Process, April 23, 2015
AMENDED through the Administrative Regulation Process, March 13, 2012