Veterans' Services

PCC Welcomes Veterans, Current Military, and Dependents

We welcome you to Pueblo Community College where your service is recognized and appreciated. Most importantly, we want to thank you for your service to our country and the sacrifices you have made, and continue to make, to ensure our freedom and way of life.

Interested in taking a FREE class? PCC President Patty Erjavec is offering new students who register for classes 3 free credits with her 3 on Me offer. This offer covers up to $500 in tuition. To qualify, you simply need to be a Colorado resident and be eligible for the College Opportunity Fund program. To accept this offer, simply apply to PCC. We’ll take care of the rest!

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Getting Started
Applying for VA Benefits
Veterans Assistance

Getting Started at PCC - Veterans

Apply for Admission.
You can come to any of our campuses to complete the admission process or you can complete the process online.
Apply for the College Opportunity Fund.
The State of Colorado will pay a portion of each eligible undergraduate student’s tuition. Apply for COF online.
Apply for Financial Aid.
Your FAFSA application determines your eligibility for low- or no-interest student loans as well as state and other federal grants. Apply for FAFSA online.
Send Official Transcripts to PCC.
Please mail Official Transcripts to: Records Office, Pueblo Community College, 900 W. Orman Avenue; Pueblo, Colorado 81004 or Email to: Registrar@pueblocc.edu. PCC will only accept official transcripts sent directly to the Records Office from previous college(s). Transcripts issued to the student, hand-carried, or faxed will not be accepted.
Take the Pre-Assessment test.
This is a quick evaluation of your basic skills that helps your advisor, and you, know where your college education should start.
Contact your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your Military Service prior to enrolling.
Consult with an academic advisor and register for classes.
Consult with Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) – telephone 719-549-3077.
Contact the VA Certifying Official at 719-549-3013.
Email your schedule to Veterans.pcc@pueblocc.edu or bring it to the Go! Zone.
Visit www.gibill.va.gov for up-to-date information on this and other education benefits.

Got Questions? Contact the PCC Admissions Office at 719-549-3013.

Applying for VA Benefits

While you are the only person who can choose which program meets your needs, the VA has developed a step-by-step process that may help you compare the different education programs and decide which is best for you.

VA Education Benefit Chapters

For all the below VA benefit chapters, please provide a Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your class schedule to the school’s Veteran’s Certifying Official.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11

  • Apply using VA Form 22-1990.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

  • Apply using VA Form 22-1990.

Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation Program

  • Consult with your local Community Veteran’s Service Officer.
  • This chapter is for veterans who are disabled and are receiving benefits through Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Your Chapter 31 counselor needs to notify the PCC VA certifying official once you have been awarded the benefit.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program

  • Apply using VA Form 22-1990, supply NOBE.

Chapter 33: Transfer of Benefits

http://www.gibill.va.gov/

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

  • GI Bill® students will not be penalized or prohibited from attending or participating in courses while awaiting VA payment (for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905) as required by Section 103.

Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is unique, distinct source of financial aid paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard (TA must be the first payer).  Congress has granted each Service the ability to pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members (see table below).  Each Service maintains its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process, and restrictions. 

Service Amount Covered
Air Force 100% tuition & fees, not to exceed:
    $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    $4,500 per fiscal year
Army 100% tuition & fees, not to exceed:
    $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    16 semester hours per year
    $4,000 per fiscal year
Navy 100% tuition & fees, not to exceed:
    $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    $4,500 per fiscal year
Marines 100% tuition & fees, not to exceed:
    $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    $4,500 per fiscal year
Coast Guard 100% tuition & fees, not to exceed:
    $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    $3,750 per fiscal year
Space Force     $250 per semester hour
    $166 per quarter hour
    $4,500 per fiscal year

Let PCC know if you are planning on using (TA)

Submit TA Authorizations to the PCC Third Party Billing Specialist. 
Questions, call 719-549-3370 or cashier@pueblocc.edu

Your service’s education center must approve your military tuition assistance before you enroll in a course.

How to Apply for Tuition Assistance (TA) Benefits

Each Service has its own TA application form and process. To get started, visit your installation’s local or virtual education center or click on the following links for information about each Service:

Transfer students should submit official transcripts to the PCC Records Office as soon as possible, PCC’s process for evaluating transcripts can be found here Transfer Students.

Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor for an evaluated degree plan 719-549-3177.

For general questions, contact Laura Lucero at 719-549-3014 or at laura.lucero@pueblocc.edu

TA is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with Department of Defense (DOD) policy, PCC will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period. Any unearned TA funds will be returned directly to the military service from which the funds were provided, not to the service member.  In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, PCC will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned TA funds in compliance with the DOD policy.  See PCC’s Military Tuition Assistance (TA) and TA Refund Process for a full description of the refund policy.

Veterans Assistance

Below are web-sites and phone numbers that provide additional information on Veterans assistance:

Center for Women Veterans

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

Homeless Veterans

Pueblo County Veterans Services
2631 E. 4th St.; Pueblo, CO 81001
Phone: 719.583.4544

Fremont County Veterans Services
615 Macon Ave., Room LL8; Cañon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719.276.7400

Montezuma County Veterans Services
107 N Chestnut St.; Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970.565.7155

La Plata County Veterans Services
1970 E. 3rd Ave.; Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970.759.0117

Colorado National Guard State Tuition Assistance
Phone: 720.250.1550

American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)


Visit the Student Veteran Lounge

The Student Veteran Lounge at Pueblo Community College serves as a location on the Pueblo campus for the PCC military community to mentor and motivate one another, gather for camaraderie, and assist each other with Veteran related issues or concerns. Veterans can stop by and visit with Veterans Upward Bound, work on homework, or have a cup of complimentary coffee in between classes. The Veteran Lounge can be reached at 719-549-3077 and is open from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday. 

Veterans' Lounge located on the Pueblo Campus

Contact

Admissions & Records, VA Desk
Open Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
veterans.pcc@pueblocc.edu

Pueblo Campus
719-549-3200

Mancos Campus
970-564-6200

Durango Campus
970-385-2000

Fremont Campus
719-296-6100

VA Certifying Official
719-549-3013
Toll-Free: 1-888-642-6017, Ext. 3013

PCC Disability Services
719-549-3446
TTY 719-549-3446

Veterans Upward Bound
719-549-3077

Veterans Upward Bound logo

 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Prohibition of high-pressure recruitment tactics

Pueblo Community prohibits the payment of any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and:

Pueblo Community College prohibits high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments in any of PCC’s classes or programs.