All degrees and Certificates of Completion offered at Chemeketa are approved for VA educational benefits. Students using the GI Bill can receive benefits for all classes required to complete your stated degree or certificate as outlined in the colleges' academic catalog. If a need for academic prerequisite courses are verified by your student placement test scores, the VA will also pay benefits for those courses.
When you submit your benefit request each term, the Chemeketa Veterans' Services staff will review your class registration and notify you of any classes not meeting the criteria outlined above.
Since changes you make to your schedule, including adding or dropping classes, can impact your monthly benefit amount, you should notify the Veterans' Services office of any changes you make to your class schedule.
In accordance with guidelines mandated by the Oregon Department of Education, students enrolled in the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT) program or the Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree in Business (ASOT) may take classes that will transfer to a 4-year college or university, but to continue to be certified for benefits at Chemeketa, this must be simultaneous with the student completing requirements for the AAOT or ASOT at Chemeketa and would require confirmation that the course applies to the 4-year colleges degree. Each student is responsible for ensuring Chemeketa Veterans’ Services has a current advising sheet on file if they wish to take classes other than those required for the AAOT/ASOT.
The VA does allow you to change your declared degree or program. The new program must be approved for veterans' benefits and you must complete a "Request for Change of Program or Place of Training" (VA Form 22-1995) or a Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495) and submit it to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. A program change will require that any credit earned in the previous program and from prior institutions be re-evaluated against the requirements of the new program and reported to the VA each time the student changes their program.
While most classes at Chemeketa begin the first week of the term and end the last week of the term, some classes do not and these shorter classes have the potential to reduce the amount of benefits you receive. If one or more of your classes meet less than the full length of the term, VA regulations require that the actual beginning and ending dates of the class be reported when your benefits are certified each term. As an example, during a typical 11 week long term, if you take two 4 credit classes that begin the first week of the term and end the last week of the term AND a a 4 credit class that begins the 4th week and ends the 8th week, you would be 1/2 time for the first 3 weeks of the term, full time for the 4th through the 8th week of the term, and half time for the last 3 weeks of the term. If you are receiving benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill,you would have a rate of pursuit of 70% for the first 3 weeks, 100% for the 4th through the 8th week of the term and 70% for the final 3 weeks of the term.
If you have questions regarding classes that do not run the entire length of the term, please contact Chemeketa Veterans' Services.