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Casper College would like to thank our men and women of the armed forces and their family members for all they do. We are here to work with you to set your educational goals to expand career advancement in the military or during transition from military service to civilian life.

Casper College is proud to be a participant with the VA Yellow Ribbon Program. Casper College is the first public institution in Wyoming offering this additional support to possible out of state Veterans.

2012-2013 is Casper College's second year of being listed as a Military Friendly School through G.I. Jobs. Military Friendly Schools® are the top 15% of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.

Explore how your military experience may help you transfer into different career areas at Hero 2 Hired, Military.com or ACE Military Guide. Before you obligate yourself to a specific chapter of the GI Bill make sure to take the time to communicate with a Casper College administrator to know which chapter and combination of benefits are going to help you meet your educational goals and provide the best financial support during your enrollment.

Please know that we are here to help you reach your educational goals and feel free to contact us via phone, or email with any questions or concerns you may have.

For information, contact

Lisa Goss
Scholarship and VA Coordinator
307-268-2510
307-268-2026 Fax

Enrollment Services
Casper College
125 College Drive,
Gateway Building Room 316
Casper, WY 82601

Steps for Veterans or Service Members to use the GI Bill

G.I. Bill includes:
Chapter 30 - Active Duty, can use with other veteran or military benefits
Chapter 1606 - Reserves/ National Guard, can use with other service member benefits (Wyoming National Guard Tuition Assistance WyTAG)
Chapter 1607 REAP - Deployed Reserves/ National Guard
, Can use with other veteran or service member benefits (WOCV, Federal TA, WyTAG)
Chapter 33 New Post 9/11- Active Duty time after 9/11/01 - Cannot use with other benefits
Chapter 31 Vet Success, Vocational Rehabilitation - Cannot use with other benefits
VA Work-Study Allowance - Can be used with any chapters for student 3/4 time or more.

1. Select which GI Bill is best to help you meet your educational goals and provide the greatest financial support during your enrollment. If you have entered the military from Wyoming, there are many other veteran benefits available to you from the State of Wyoming. Contact Lisa Goss at the email or phone number listed before committing yourself to one chapter. Please keep in mind that the choice you make could be irrevocable.

A . New to using GI Bill – Complete Application on VONAPP select CREATE A NEW FORM (Education Benefits form 22-1990, VRAP form 22-1990R *new, or Vocation Rehabiliation form 28-1900) *Please keep in mind that the choice you make could be irrevocable.
Required– Please print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.
• Include a copy of your DD-214 or NOBE

B . Transferring your GI Bill to a new school/program – Complete the Change of Program/Place of Training form (VA form 22-1995) on VONAPP select CREATE A NEW FORM
Required– Please print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.
• Include a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from VA showing which chapter you are eligible for and, if chapter 33, what percentage. Visit EBenefits for documentation.

2. Follow the requirements and procedures for APPLYING as a degree seeking student to Casper College.

A. Submit High School or GED transcript and any college and military transcripts.
Remeber to send your Military Transcripts: Joint Services Transcript System , Air Force Transcripts.

B. Submit ACT, SAT or COMPASS, less than one year old.

C. Submit all immunization records to Casper College.

D. Complete T-Bird Way to schedule an appointment with an Advisor and register for classes.

3. Every sememster complete and submit theVA Education Benefit Certification Request Form online.

A. The School’s Certifying Official must certify that you are degree seeking and that your classes count towards your degree. It can take 8 to 10 weeks between certification of classes and receipt of first payment. All are urged to financially plan accordingly and apply for other aid options.

4. Apply for Casper College Scholarships Online that are specific to your major and for Veterans.

A. Fall Semester online applications are open January 10th, closing March 2nd.
B. Spring Semester online applications are open October 1st, closing November 14th..

5. Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA needs to be renewed every year you are working on your undergraduate degree.

6. Remember Veterans and service members using Montgomery GI Bill, GI Bill Selected Reserve, REAP, or VRAP must go online to WAVE or phone in at 1-877-823-2378 to verify your attendance at the end of every month before payment is issued. VA pays at the first of the month for the pervious month.

7. VA Work-Study Allowance - If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance. You’ll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.

 
Steps for Military Dependents to use the GI Bill

Post 9/11 Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB)
Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA/Chapter 35)
:

1. Determine dependent eligibility to help you meet your educational goals and provide the greatest financial support during your enrollment. Contact Lisa Goss at the email or phone number listed before committing yourself to one chapter. Please keep in mind that the choice you make could be irrevocable.
A . Post 9/11 Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) to family members, the service member must:
• Start with the Transferability of Education Benefits (TEB) (Non VA Link- Common Access Card (CAC) or MyPay logon required. Select Education Benefits then "How to Submit A Transfer Request." This will walk you through step by step.
• To Track the status of your request, you will need to return to the TEB page to check the "STATUS" in the SPONSOR information section. Once approved the stuatus will be updated to REQUEST APPROVED.

B . Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA or Chapter 35)
• Eligibility is a Veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.

2. New to using GI Bill? Complete VONAPP select Create a New Form
A. Once request has been approved then go to Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) Post 9/11 VA Form 22-1990e
• Required– Please print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.

B . Survivors and Dependents Assistance(DEA) VA Form 22-5490
• Required– Please print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.

3. Transferring your GI Bill to a new school/program complete VONAPP select Create a New Form
A . TEB Post 9/11– Complete Change of Program/Place of Training form VA form 22-1995
RequiredPlease print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.
• Include a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from VA showing which chapter you are eligible for and, if chapter 33, what percentage. Visit EBenefits for documentation.

B . DEA Chapter 35 – Complete Change of Program/Place of Training form VA Form 22-5495
Required– Please print and submit a copy of your confirmation application with confirmation number to Casper College.
• Include a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility from VA showing which chapter you are eligible for and, if chapter 33, what percentage. Visit EBenefits for documentation.

4. Dependents should follow the requirements and procedures for APPLYING as a degree seeking student to Casper College.

A. Submit High School or GED transcript and any college transcripts.
B. Submit ACT, SAT or COMPASS, less than one year old.
C. Submit all immunization records to Casper College.
D. Complete T-Bird Way to schedule an appointment with an Advisor and register for classes.

5. Each semester complete and submit theVA Education Benefit Certification Request Form found online (see below).

A. The School’s Certifying Official must certify that you are degree seeking and that your classes count towards your degree. It can take 8 to 10 weeks between certification of classes and receipt of first payment. All are urged to plan accordingly financially and apply for other aid options.

6. Apply for Casper College Scholarships Online that are specific to your major and for Veterans.

A. Online applications for the upcoming year are open January 10th, closing March 2nd.
B. Spring Semester online applications are open October 1st, closing November 14th.

7. Complete the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)FAFSA needs to be renewed every year you are going working on your undergraduate degree.

8. VA Work-Study Allowance - If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance. You’ll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.


 
Wyoming National Guard/ Air Guard Education Assistance Program

Wyoming National Guard/ Air Guard Education Assistance Program

The Wyoming National Guard Education Assistance Program will help finance your college tuition. If you're already a member of the Wyoming Army National Guard or the Wyoming Air National Guard, or if you are thinking about joining, you can take advantage of the program. As long as you have spent at least six years in the Wyoming Guard, or are currently serving under your first six-year enlistment period, you are eligible to participate. Every Guard member using the plan must agree to serve two years in the Wyoming Guard after the last academic term for which they receive assistance.

To make sure we keep paying the bills, please abide by these few, simple requirements:

  • Service members should follow the requirements and procedures for APPLYING as a degree seeking student to Casper College.
  • Pick up and complete Application Packet from the Financial Aid Office or Download Application.
  • Complete and submit theVA Education Benefit Certification Request Form online.
  • Ask your unit Commander or his/her representative to complete and sign the Certificate of Eligibility.
  • Complete and sign the Agreement to Terms and Conditions.
  • Maintaining a C average.
  • Keeping up with Guard standards for drill attendance.
  • Adhering to Guard fitness requirements.
  • Making sure you serve in the Guard at least two years after you graduate or stop using the Plan.
Federal Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Additionally active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "top-up" in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses.

1. Service members must bring in a copy of their 2171 form and unit address information so Casper College can invoice their unit.

2. Service members should follow the requirements and procedures for APPLYING as a degree seeking student to Casper College.

3. Complete and submit theVA Education Benefit Certification Request Form online.

TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay.

Follow the links for your particular service and start taking advantage of this opportunity:

  • Air Force Tuition Assistance
    You must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center. This must be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/. There are six steps to completing the AFVEC online TA process.

  • Army Tuition Assistance
    The Army Continuing Education System has launched a new automated tuition assistance project. The TA automation will allow active duty soldiers to request TA and enroll in courses online. This will speed up the enrollment process and minimize wait times at Army Education Centers. Active Duty soldiers are now able to request TA online through GoArmyEd.

  • Navy Tuition Assistance
    Receive educational counseling from your Navy College Office in person, by phone or email. Determine which courses will be requested for TA funding.
    Complete a TA Application form (NETPDC 1560/03) listing course(s) and fee(s). Receive command approval signature to enroll in the course(s).

  • Marines Tuition Assistance
    First-time students must complete a TA Orientation Class PRIOR to using TA.
    Marines at remote sites (non-Marine Corps installations) may access the course by clicking on the TA Orientation link below. All others: Please proceed to your local base Lifelong Learning or Education Office.
    Marines must apply for and receive written authorization for TA through the appropriate education office, PRIOR to enrollment. Use form NETPDTC 1560.
    TA for remote Marines and those assigned to other service sites is processed at Camp Lejeune for those east of the Mississippi and Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi. I-I duty Marines apply through MARFORRES, New Orleans. Recruiters apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.

    TA Orientation (Word format) (PDF format) (Zipped file). To save to disk, right click and select "Save Target As.” When you have completed the orientation please fill out and print the certification form using the link: Certification Form.

  • Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
    The management of TA is centralized at the USCG Institute through a consolidated tuition assistance processing system managed by the U.S. Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) in Pensacola, Florida.
    The Coast Guard Institute approves the TA Application (CG-4147) , inputs data into the Navy's computer database, and issues the TA Authorization form (CGI-1560).
    The applicant then takes the CGI-1560 to the academic institution during registration; the institution bills the Navy (NETPDTC) for payment of the government's share of tuition assistance.

  • Reserve Tuition Assistance
    Eligibility
    • The soldier must be a drilling reservist in good standing.
    • The soldier must declare an educational goal leading to a credential higher than current degree level.
    • Enlisted soldiers and warrant officers must have sufficient time remaining on their term of service to complete the course before separation.
    • Commissioned officers must have at least four years of Selected Reserve service remaining from the date of completion of the course for which tuition assistance is provided.
    • The soldier must enroll for the independent study course following Army Reserve procedures.
Contact your local Reserve Education Office for assistance with TA or any other voluntary education assistance.
Wyoming Veterans Tuition Assistance Program
  • Veterans or service members should follow the requirements and procedures for APPLYING as a degree seeking student to Casper College.
  • Complete and submit the VA Education Benefit Certification Request Form online and your application for Veterans Tuition Assistance with a copy of your DD-214 to Enrollment Services Office.

  • Wyoming Vietnam Veterans Scholarship - Wyoming residents that are Vietnam Veterans and are not receiving other VA benefits with Vietnam Service Medal and Honorable Discharge. Amount equal to tuition. Special application is required. Contact the Casper College Student Financial Assistance Office for more information.

  • Wyoming Overseas Combat Veteran - Wyoming residents that are "Overseas combat veteran" which means a person other than a Vietnam veteran who…was awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal or other authorized service or campaign medal indicating service to the United States in any armed conflict in a foreign country." Amount equal to tuition and fees. Special application and DD-214 are required. Contact the Casper College Student Financial Assistance Office for more information. Applicaion under Required Veteran Education Benefits Certification Request Forms.
    W.S. 19-14-106 (Tuition benefit)
Casper College Campus Veterans Center - Goodstein Library Room 108

Casper College Veterans Club a student lead organization has developed a Campus Veterans Center. The Veterans Club hosts different veterans services each week on campus to assistace veterans, service members and dependents.

The Campus Veterans Center is located in the Goodstein Library Room 108.

Organizations:
Wyoming Veterans Commission Service Officers
- To help veterans learn about their state and federal benefits, health care and VA disability and pension claims.

Vet Center - Providing a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to combat Veternas and their families.

Healing Waters

Wonded Worriors

VA Forms and applications
  • VA Education Benefit Certification Request Form - Must be completed each semester a student wants to use their VA or Military Education Benefits. Benefits will not be processed if this form is not in place.

  • Wyoming Guard Tuition Assistance Applicaton - Unit Commander or their representative must sign certificate of eligiblity. Must be completed each semester tuition assistance is being requested.

  • Wyoming Overseas Combat Veteran Tuition Assistance Application - Copy of DD-214 Member 4 required with application. Application only needs to be completed once at Casper College. If student transfers to another Wyoming College or University must complete a new application then.
  • VA Work-Study Allowance - If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance. You’ll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.
Other Scholarship Opportunities

Army ROTC scholarship Transfer Scholarship
As a transfer student to the University of Wyoming, you may qualify for a 2-3 year Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship for any degree. The Army ROTC scholarships offer full tuition and fees, $1,200 a year for books, $350-$500 per month stipend ($350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors), and room and board. For more information about our scholarships please visit University of Wyoming Army ROTC scholarships.

Horatio Alger Military Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Association will distribute a total of $10 million in scholarships to honorably discharged American veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To be eligible, veterans must have served in Afghanistan or Iraq in 2001 or later and must demonstrate U.S. citizenship, financial need, and the intent to pursue bachelor's degrees. The deadline for applications is September 1. More information on this scholarship, including an application, is available online at https://www.horatioalger.com/scholarships_military/index.cfm.

Viet Nam Vets Motorcycle Club USA Scholarship
| APPLICATION |
The Viet Nam Vets Motorcycle Club offers a scholarship for Vietnam and Vietnam-Era Veterans and/or their dependents. Other veterans may inquire to:
Viet Nam Vets C/C USA, PO Box 1423, Casper, Wyoming, 82602. Pick up application in Casper College Financial Assistance Office or print application from above link. Return application and DD-214 by May 1st to Viet Nam Vets C/C USA, PO Box 1423, Casper, Wyoming, 82602.

| www.aerhq.org |

  • Dependent Children Scholarship Program
    The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is for dependent children of Soldiers on federal active duty, retired, or deceased while in active or retired status. Please read the general information link above for more information.
  • Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP)
    The Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) is a need-based education assistance program designed to provide spouses of active duty and retired Army Soldiers, and widows(ers) of Army Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and residing in the United States, with financial assistance in pursuing educational goals. The purpose of the program is to assist spouses/widows(ers) in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities.

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