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Veterans Support - Veterans information about benefits, services, resources and so on.
The BTC Veterans Club is a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), consists of a board of elected student executives and staff advisors, and convenes weekly for lunchtime meetings open to the general campus community.
The purpose of this club is to foster peer support within the veteran community on campus, give veterans a place to meet one another, and act as a platform for discussing and advocating for veteran’s academic needs. This club is recognized nationally by the SVA as well as internally by the Associated Students of Bellingham Technical College (ASBTC).
Find out more about the National Club – Student Veterans of America
To continue receiving benefits, submit your student schedule each quarter to be certified for the next quarter.
If you are requesting benefits for the first time next quarter, refer to Certifying information and submit required documentation to our certifying official.
Make sure you satisfy the requirement of having your previous college and military transcripts evaluated. There is a limit to the number of quarters you can be certified before this occurs.
Veterans Services will not pay educational benefits if any of the following occurs:
Watch for payment due dates on the College Calendar. Submit your schedule early!
Information about qualifying pay rates and payment dates for Chapter 30, 35, and 1606 is available only through direct contact with the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.va.gov or by phone at 1-888-442-4551.
BTC will accommodate Tuition Assistance for all branches of the military. Check military deadlines for receiving tuition assistance vouchers and bring your voucher to BTC's School Certifying Official.
Our certifying official is Alisen Outlaw. You may contact her at 360-752-8387 or Alisen.Outlaw@btc.edu or stop by College Services 101 (Financial Aid).
See Resources for additional people to ask for assistance.
The Department of Veterans Affairs requires that any other college transcripts and military training transcript be evaluated for transfer-in credit. This is not an optional step – all transcripts must be evaluated prior to admission.
You will need to complete an Evaluation Request Form and have official copies of your transcripts from previous colleges and your Joint Services Transcript (JST SMART Transcript) delivered to BTC. Once we have all of your transcripts, and the evaluation request form on file the evaluation process typically takes up to 3 weeks.
Veteran students using education benefits are not permitted to opt out of prior credit evaluation.
All college transcripts must be official copies, in sealed unopened envelopes. It is your responsibility to contact the previous college and request your transcripts. You can hand-deliver, mail in, or have the previous college directly send us these transcripts. Please note there is typically a small fee associated with ordering official transcripts that you will be responsible for.
To order your Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy transcripts you will need to go to https://jst.doded.mil/ (you may receive a certificate error on this website, this site is safe so you can continue). This website will walk you through the steps of ordering your official military transcripts.
Army and National Guard transcripts can only be ordered and delivered online. All other services, there are two types of delivery methods:
To order your Air Force transcripts you will need to go to http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp. CCAF provides several options for ordering your official transcript as detailed on their website. You may also view your unofficial transcript online through this website at any time. All official transcripts are hard copy, as they do not have the ability to send transcripts electronically at this time.
If you do not have previous college credits, you will need to take the ACCUPLACER placement test. ACCUPLACER is not a pass/fail test. It simply measures your current skill level. Your scores will help you choose the right classes, make a plan, and obtain any needed support services. Starting off with Accuplacer means a more successful college experience.
As a Veteran enrolled in a BTC educational program, you get to register first for next quarter classes! Watch for your registration access time in myBTC portal and register right after your assigned time.
BTC Veteran Graduates are given Veteran Honor Cords for the Commencement Ceremony. Pick up your Veteran Honor Cord during Commencement check-in.
If you are a Veteran with non-resident status whose separation date is within the last three years, we would like to review your residency status.
The VA School Certifying Official at BTC is able to assist Veteran students and Children/Spouse of disabled, POW/MIA or Deceased Veterans with residency questions and paperwork.
See Residency for Veteran Students for more information.
Our Advising and Career Services office has staff available who are acquainted with Veteran concerns. See BTC Contacts.
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Director of Multicultural and Student Support Services
Veteran Certifying Official
Military service does not change your legal domicile or residency status. If you were classified as non-resident during the admissions process and you are Active Military, or a Veteran within 1-3 years of separation, we would like to review your residency status.
If you are a Washington State resident stationed elsewhere, you are still considered a Washington State resident and may take classes online at the Resident rate. If you are Active Military stationed in Washington State, you may be classified as Military Personnel and pay the Resident Rate. To request your status be changed to Military Personnel, submit to the Residency Officer in Admissions and Advising.
Dependents may be eligible for the resident rate under the Resident or Military Personnel classification.
If you were classified as non-resident during the admissions process and you are a Veteran within 1-3 years of separation, talk with the BTC Certifying Official or email email@example.com to request your residency status be reviewed. The BTC Veteran Certifying Official can assist you with supporting documents to submit with the WA Residence Questionnaire.
Our Residency Officer will review your request. BTC student Veterans may be eligible for one of these classifications.
If you are a Washington Resident and a Veteran who has returned to Washington within a year of separation, you are still considered a Washington State resident.
There are three criteria for a Veteran student to be classified as Military Personnel.
Students classified as MILITARY PERSONNEL pay the Resident Rate.
The BTC Tuition Waiver is for US Citizens and permanent residents who have been living in other US States or Territories during the last year. As a Veteran, you can qualify for this waiver.
If you are eligible for this classification, your Student Schedule will read:
Students eligible for BTC’s Tuition Waiver pay the BTC Tuition Waiver Rate which is higher than the resident rate, but significantly lower than the non-resident rate. See Tuition Rates.
As a Veteran Dependent, you will submit your Certificate of Eligibility, or you will submit the documentation required of the service veteran plus proof of your relation to the veteran, such as military documentation, marriage license, birth certificate.
A veteran dependent student may be eligible for one of these classifications or waivers.
WAIVER for Children/Spouse of Totally Disabled or POW/MIA or Deceased Eligible Veterans or National Guard Members
Submit this request form/checklist and all required documents to BTC's Veteran Certifying Official.
If you are eligible for this Waiver, your Student Schedule will read:
Students eligible for this waiver pay zero tuition and class fees. Tuition will be $0.00 (zero) immediately. Fees will be “paid by waiver” overnight. If you have tuition or fees showing as due on your student account more than 1 business day after registering for classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org to check the waiver status on your Student Schedule for that quarter.
The VA School Certifying Official at BTC is able to assist Veteran students and Children/Spouse of disabled, POW/MIA or Deceased Veterans with residency and waiver paperwork.
Email email@example.com if you have questions for our Residency Officer.