Resources for Veterans

Financial Aid TV is available to help answer many questions you may have about your education benefits. There is a lot of content which relates to the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill to assist as you navigate the various programs available to you.

The Virginia Wizard’s Veteran’s Career Finder allows Veteran users the opportunity to browse occupations based upon their prior military service. In addition to occupations, users have the opportunity to see information on the Troops to Energy initiative, which is designed to accelerate the employability of Veterans into promising energy occupations. There are also links to Veteran’s resources and service programs that provide support across the state.


RCC On-Campus Resources

  • Disability Services – Students with disabilities who need accommodations to fully participate in the programs and services offered by RCC are encouraged to register with the RCC Counselor at the Glenns or Warsaw Campus.
  • Student Support Services – (SSS) is a federally-funded program offered by RCC to help students succeed! SSS offers academic/career/personal counseling, assistance with financial aid and scholarship access, tutoring, college success skills development, financial literacy workshops, assistance for students with disabilities, and cultural exposure activities.
  • Workforce and Community Development – provides the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck with high quality, cost effective, flexible, comprehensive and responsive workforce and community development programs designed around business, industry and education needs.

Community Resources for Veterans

  • Make the Connection – No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track. Many, many Veterans have found the strength to reach out and make the connection.
  • Vet Center – The Veterans Administration’s readjustment counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near veterans and their families. All Vet Center services are prepaid through military service. 800-WAR-VETS
  • DAV – Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
  • afterdeployment.org – Online wellness resources that provide self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after a deployment.
  • VFW Post 7167 – Warsaw/Northern Neck Post. The Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families, and their local communities. We invite you to explore this website and our entire VFW Virginia network of sites to learn more about our organization.
  • Service to School is a nonprofit that provides free application counseling to military veterans so they can win admission to the best universities possible and maximize their education benefits. To get started, sign-up to be paired with a Service to School Ambassador or download the free Application Guides.

Government Resources for Veterans
  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans – The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 17-member board of directors — is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.
  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) – Services for our Veterans across the Commonwealth – DVS offers a range of services for veterans and their family members—everything from assistance with filing for claims to certifying educational programs.

Employment Resources
  • Virginia Workforce Employment Commission – Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training, and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), with an emphasis on those veterans who are disabled, minority, female, homeless, and/or culturally or economically disadvantaged. The VEC assists between 13,000 and 15,000 veterans annually in securing unsubsidized employment, depending on the economy and employer demand.
  • HireVeterans.com – For U.S. Veteran Job Seekers, we offer the very best and relevant jobs offered by world class companies in the USA and abroad. Through our alliances with many veterans organizations, networks, and other military agencies, HireVeterans.com has established its brand as a top e-recruiting site for the veterans of our armed forces.
  • Virginia Values Vets – Bringing Veterans and employers together across the Commonwealth.
  • Jobs4Vets.com offers a job seeker numerous tools to manage their career.
  • USA Jobs Welcomes Veterans – The Federal Government has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. There are laws providing Veterans’ preference and special appointing authorities for veterans, as well as the fact that agencies recognize that hiring veterans are just good business. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country.
  • VetJobs – is available to assist ALL members of “The United States Military Family.” This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians. Anyone may apply to the jobs on this site, but to post a resume you must have served in the United States military or been a member of the United States military family.

Refunds, Credits, and Reinstatement as a Result of Military Service

Pursuant to 23-9.6:2 of the Code of Virginia, and corresponding SCHEV Guidelines, Rappahannock Community College provides for the tuition relief, refund, and reinstatement of students whose service in the uniformed services has required their sudden withdrawal or prolonged absence from their enrollment. Service in the uniformed services is defined as service (whether voluntary or involuntary) on active duty in the Armed Forces, including such service by a member of the National Guard or Reserve, for a period of more than 30 days under call or order to active duty of more than 30 days.

A. Tuition and Required Fees
Should a student be ordered to active duty (for reservists) or be mobilized (active military) as described in the Code of Virginia, Section 23-9.6:2 and the State Council’s Virginia Tuition Relief, Refund, and Reinstatement Guidelines, and he/she requests to be withdrawn from the college after the census date, the student may elect either to be deleted from the registration file and be awarded a full refund or to be administratively withdrawn with no refund and assigned a grade of “W”.

The student must provide written notice to the college Registrar within 30 days of the call to active duty or mobilization requesting either refund or administrative withdrawal. A copy of the student’s military orders is required as documentation. The request may be submitted by mail or by fax. Should the student elect to receive a refund, RCC provides, at the request of the student, for such refunds to be retained and to be applicable to tuition and fees charged for the semester or term in which the student returns to study.

B. Deposits
The college currently has no programs or services requiring deposits from students.

C. Textbooks
The process for refunds for textbooks is available on the Follet Bookstore website.

D. Academic Credits and Grades
Students who are called to active duty or are mobilized, meaning serving in the uniformed services, as described in Virginia Tuition Relief, Refund, and Reinstatement Guidelines have the opportunity to receive an incomplete grade (“I”) until released from active duty (for reservists) or mobilization (for active military personnel). All course requirements shall be completed within one year from the date of release from active duty or mobilization. Students may be given the option of taking their examinations prior to regularly scheduled times as an exception to VCCS policy 5.6.1 in accordance with the Virginia Tuition Relief, Refund, and Reinstatement Guidelines. Students receiving financial aid or Veteran’s benefits will have their active duty or mobilization status considered when Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluations are conducted, and appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

E. Reinstatement
Students who are in good academic standing who are called to active duty or are mobilized are assured a reasonable opportunity to be reinstated in the same programs of study without having to re-apply for admission if they return to the same community college after a cumulative absence of not more than five years so long as the student provides notice of intent to return to the institution not later than three years after the completion of the period of service. Notice of intent to return must be provided in writing to the college Registrar prior to the last day to add/drop for any given semester in which the student wishes to return. Notice may be provided by mail or fax, and must include a copy of the student’s military orders.

F. Dissemination of Information
Students will be notified annually of this policy by way of RCC student email. Additionally, this policy will appear in the online catalog and the online RCC Student Handbook. The office of the dean of student development is responsible for dissemination of this policy.