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 and spouses and children of qualified veterans. Applicants eligible for veterans 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 or by calling (207) 755-5432.

Steps for new students eligible for veteran education benefits

  1. Apply for your benefits. The site will walk you through selecting the correct form to submit electronically. Once you have successfully submitted the application, please allow VA four weeks for processing.
  2. Complete CMCC’s application process while you wait for VA to process your application for educational benefits.
  3. Bring your Letter of Eligibility to the school certifying official in the Office of Financial Aid when you come for new student orientation. Once you are registered for classes, the school certifying official will report your enrollment to the Veterans Administration.
  4. Request military transcripts so CMCC can assess potential academic credit for your military schools and training. The school certifying official can help you with this. View other ways of earning credit for prior learning.
    1. Use the Joint Services Transcript System if you are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. See the JST Military Crosswalk for CMCC course equivalencies. 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, you can request your military transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force. Learn more about college transfer credit at CMCC.
  5. While not required, we also encourage all students to apply for financial aid to determine if you are eligible to receive grants and scholarships while also receiving veteran education benefits. The financial aid process is free and does not interfere with your eligibility for benefits through the VA.

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

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