Veterans Educational Benefits

We are dedicated to your success as you transition from military to college life, and will help to make sure you feel supported from your first contact with Central Maine Community College to graduation. Central Maine Community College is designated a military-friendly college by G.I. Jobs, the premier publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

We are an approved institution for the training of veterans as well as the spouses and children of qualified veterans.  Applicants eligible for veteran education benefits are encouraged to contact John Bowie, school certifying official (SCO) for veteran benefits as soon as they apply for admission.  The SCO is located in the Office of Financial Aid and may be reached at jbowie@cmcc.edu or by calling (207) 755-5432.

Maine veterans and their families are strongly encouraged to also contact the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services to self-identify for purposes of applying for additional veteran education benefits offered through the State of Maine. We also encourage you to review the Maine Veteran’s Benefits and Resources Guide, which provides information on a broad range of benefits, services, and veterans-related organizations.

Central Maine Community College participates in the following programs:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill®
  • Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Dependents Education Assistance Program
  • Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation and Training
  • State of Maine Tuition and Fee Waiver Program

In addition, we offer in-state tuition rates to military veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.

Steps for new students eligible for veteran education benefits

  1. Apply for your benefits with the Veterans Administration. Once you have successfully submitted the application, please allow VA at least four weeks to process your information. When finished, VA will provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility. It is very important that you bring this Certificate of Eligibility to SCO in the CMCC Office of Financial Aid.
  2. If you are the spouse or child of a veteran from Maine and are interested in applying for the State of Maine Tuition and Fee Waiver program, review the eligibility information and download an application at the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services Educational Benefits The completed application should be returned to the address listed on the top of the form.
  3. Complete CMCC’s admissions application process. The CMCC admissions office will keep you informed of the status of your application and next steps.
  4. Request your military transcript(s), so CMCC can assess potential academic credit for your military schools and training. The SCO in the Office of Financial Aid can assist you with this process. In addition, please review other ways of earning credit for prior learning. You can also learn more about college transfer credit at CMCC.
    1. If you are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, use the Joint Services Transcript System to request your military transcripts. See the JST Military Crosswalk for CMCC course equivalences. If you do not see your course listed, contact CMCC’s associate academic dean at (207) 755-5286.
    2. If you are a veteran of the Air Force, request your military transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.
  5. While not required, we encourage all students to complete the financial aid application process by filing the FAFSA. Many veterans and their families qualify for grants and scholarships in addition to their veteran education benefits. The staff in the Office of Financial Aid can assist you if you have questions.
  6. Make time to stop to see the SCO in the Office of Financial Aid, when you come to your assigned New Student Orientation. If you have not already provided it, bring your Certificate of Eligibility with you. If you have not applied yet for benefits, it is still a good idea to meet with the SCO to get your questions answered.

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 website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

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