Veteran Benefits

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Please visit your respective military services portal below for additional information.  Upon approval of your TA funds from your branch of service when completing your Financial Aid application please indicate that you are utilizing tuition assistance. 

Once approved, SPCC’s Education Service Officer can then obtain your TA approval and process this request for the current semester. For additional information contact our office at finaid@spcc.edu, 704.272.5300

Service Resources

United States Army https://www.armyignited.com/app/

United States Air Force https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec/Home.aspx

Veteran Education Benefit Program

Click here to Find Your Benefit

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 31 Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Chapter 33 Post – 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance

Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Applying for Benefits

  1. Request VA Educational Benefits https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
  2. Request official copies of high school transcripts, military transcripts, college transcripts and Member 4 DD-214 for collections by admissions and records.
  3. Apply at SPCC https://spcc.edu/admissions-procedure/
  4. Complete a FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/ (21-22) for the current year.
  5. Please contact the ESO with your Certificate of Eligibility at finaid@spcc.edu, 704.272.5300

Tuition and Fees

An academic semester is defined as:

Spring Semester: January 1 – May 15
Summer Semester: May 16 – August 14
Fall Semester: August 15 – December 31

Curriculum Tuition & Fees

In-State NC Residents Tuition: $76.00 per credit hour. Maximum: $1,216 for 16 or more credit hours.

Out-of-State Non-NC Residents Tuition: $268.00 per credit hour. Maximum: $4,288.00 for 16 or more credit hours

Click below to learn more about tuition rates and cost of attendance

2020-21 Tuition Rates
2021-22 Tuition Rates
2021-22 Cost of Attendance

Return of Tuition Assistant Funds

Per Department of Defense policies, South Piedmont Community College will return unearned tuition assistance funds through the 60% point of the semester. This amount will be on a prorated basis, based on the withdrawal date from courses.

Return of unearned tuition schedule

8-Week Course: Withdrawal Submitted

Before or during week 1 – 100% return
During week 2 – 75% return
During weeks 3-4 – 50% return
During week 5 – 40% return (60% of course completed)
During weeks 6-8 – 0% return

16-Week Course: Withdrawal Submitted

Before or during weeks 1-2 – 100% return
During weeks 3-4 – 75% return
During weeks 9-10 – 40% return (60% of course completed)
During weeks 11-16 – 0% return

Withdrawal / Break of Attendance for Military Obligation

Student Veterans withdrawing from courses or facing attendance concerns should contact the ESO office immediately. It is the Veteran or Dependents responsibility to alert our office of any changes to their schedule. Failure to do so may result in VA overpayments. If schedule adjustments are a result of mitigating circumstances, please provide documentation immediately to the ESO. If a student must stop attending due to service obligations, students may attend the following semester without needing to re-apply to the college. After 2 semesters, the student may need to re-apply.  The student must provide military orders for mitigating circumstances. 

Withdrawing and dropping courses after the “Drop period” may result in a reduction of benefits unless mitigating circumstances are determined.

Examples of mitigating circumstance:

  • illness or injury afflicting you during the enrollment period
  • illness or death in your immediate family
  • unavoidable change in your conditions of employment
  • unavoidable geographical transfer resulting from your employment
  • immediate family or financial obligations beyond your control that require you to suspend pursuit of the program of education to obtain employment 
  • discontinuance of the course by the school
  • unanticipated active military service, including active duty for training
  • unanticipated difficulties with childcare arrangements that you have made for the period you are attending classes

The last date of attendance must be verified by the instructor for all withdrawals. 

Failure to notify the VA Education Benefits Office of withdrawals and continued acceptance of educational funds may result in overpayments and suspension of benefits. Students are encouraged to register courses they intend to complete.

Recruitment, Marketing, and Advertising to VA affiliated Students

South Piedmont Community College does not authorize fraudulent and aggressive recruiting tactics at any venue, nor mischaracterizations of intuitional values, programs or mission statements.

This includes non-military students who are designated as prospective, current, or returning students.

SPCC meets all state authorization requirements consistent with those issued by the United States Department of Education.

No employee of SPCC may engage in high-pressure recruitment tactics. High-pressure recruitment tactics include unsolicited contacts (by phone, email, or in-person) and the facilitation of same-day recruitment and registration of the aforementioned students.