Veteran’s Affairs

Northwest Mississippi Community College is committed to serving our enlisted personnel, veterans, and their families. Success starts at Northwest, and we are here to help you attain your goals. We encourage you to visit the Financial Aid Office at any time if you need assistance. Please contact us if you have any questions about the process.

CONTACT INFORMATION Terry Bland, Director of Financial Aid, eMail: tbland@northwestms.edu   Telephone: 662-562-3270

Physical Location: Suite 103, Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103 Senatobia Campus

Mailing Address: 4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS 38668

FIRST TIME RECIPIENT

To apply for your VA benefits, go to www.gibill.va.gov and click on the Apply for Benefits link. Then click on Launch VONAPP and Apply for Benefits.

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, print a copy for your records, but be sure to submit the VONAPP. A case number will be created so that the VA can review your application. Once 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. The two (2) forms from the Veteran’s Forms section on our website (www.northwestms.edu). Click on Financial Aid, then Forms for the academic year you plan to attend.
    1. Certification for VA Benefits
    2. Veteran’s Course Approval Form

The Certificate of Eligibility only has to be submitted during your initial certification (unless your Chapter changes). The Certification for VA benefits and the Veteran’s Course Approval 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 can also be found on our website at www.northwestms.edu under Financial Aid, Forms 2013-14, and Veteran’s Forms.

RETURNING STUDENT
In order to certify your VA benefits at Northwest, we will need the two (2) forms from the Veteran’s Forms section on our website (www.northwestms.edu). Click on Financial Aid, then Forms for the academic year you plan to attend.

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 also be found on our website at www.northwestms.edu under Financial Aid, Forms 2013-14, and Veteran’s Forms.

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.

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