7. Veterans

Please read the information below. Next complete the required forms, which are listed at the bottom of this page.

Northwest Mississippi Community College is committed to serving our enlisted personnel, veterans, and their families. We encourage you to visit the Financial Aid Office if you need assistance.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Senatobia Campus Contacts:
Michael Johnson, Financial Aid Counselor
Email: mijohnson@northwestms.edu
Telephone: (662) 562-3693

Jennifer Luna, Director of Financial Aid
Email: jluna@northwestms.edu

Physical Location: Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103

Desoto Campus Contact:
Jessica Poole, Financial Aid Counselor
Email: jpoole@northwestms.edu
Telephone: (662) 280-6143

Physical Location: Financial Aid Office, Suite 233

FIRST TIME RECIPIENT
To apply for your VA benefits, go to www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
If you do not have an account, click on I am a New VONAPP User. If you have set up your account already, click on I Have Used VONAPP Before.

Complete your VONAPP. You may need your military records (i.e. DD214) with you to assist you in entering the data requested. After you have completed the VONAPP, the VA will review your application and, if approved, the VA will mail a Certificate of Eligibility to the mailing address you provided on the VONAPP.

In order to certify your VA benefits at Northwest, we will need:
1. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, and
2. A completed and submitted online Certification for VA Benefits
3. The School Certifying Official will print your schedule and Degree Plan (preregistered or final)

The Certificate of Eligibility only has to be submitted during your initial certification (unless your Chapter changes). The Certification for VA Benefits must be submitted each semester that you attend and plan to receive VA benefits.

If you change your major after your initial certification, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 1995. If you are a Dependent of a Veteran and change your major after your initial certification, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 5495. These forms are below.

RETURNING STUDENT
If you have used your VA Education Benefits at Northwest previously, we will need:
1. A completed and submitted online Certification for VA Benefits
2
. The School Certifying Official will print your schedule and Degree Plan (preregistered or final)

If you changed your major this semester, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 1995. If you are a Dependent of a Veteran and changed your major this semester, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 5495. These forms can be found below.

VERIFY ATTENDANCE
You need to verify your attendance every month before payment is issued if you are receiving one of the following:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP (Chapter 1607)
  • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program – VRAP

Follow the link to enter the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) to verify your enrollment online. You can also call 1-877 VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) to verify by telephone. You do not need to verify your attendance if you are receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BENEFITS
If you have questions about your benefits (i.e. book stipend, BAH/MAH, or payment amounts/frequency, processing duration, etc.), you will need to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551.

Veterans Forms Section

HELPFUL LINKS