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VA Education Benefits

Information for Veterans and Veterans' Family Members receiving VA Education Benefits


 Certifying Dates for 2020/2021 school year


Registration opens Initial certification Term begins

Second certification begins


May 18


June 22

June 29 


June 3

August 24

September 23

September 30


November 9

December 7

January 5

January 12


February 22

March 1

March 29

April 5


Important information about applying:

In order to receive VA education benefits, students must:

  • Be an admitted BMCC student and be pursuing a BMCC degree or certificate;
  • Take placement tests to determine proper course placement before enrollment, or have previous transcripts evaluated;
  • Meet with a Student Success Coach and be assigned an Academic Advisor;
  • Determine which VA Chapter best suits your needs (compare options onlineand
    • if haven't already, apply for VA Education Benefits online, or call 1-888-442-4551 and ask that an application be mailed to them; 
  • New Students: Complete, sign, and return the Veterans Education Benefits - New Student Request, along with the appropriate documentation shown in the table below. 
  • Continuing Students: if you are attending consecutive years, you may complete the Veterans Education Benefit -  Returning Student Request with the appropriate documentation as noted on the packet

If you were:

Submit a copy of:

Discharged from Active Duty

Certificate of Eligibility letter or Education Enrollment Status printout

National Guard/Reserves

Certificate of Eligibility letter

Transferring from another college

Certificate of Eligibility letter or Education Enrollment Status printout


Change of Program/Place of Training


Official transcripts from all prior colleges, as well as any military training transcripts


Return forms to:

  • Mail:          BMCC Service Center, P.O. Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801
  • In person:  At nearest BMCC Service Center
  • Email:
  • Fax:           541-278-5889


VA School Certifying Official

Jennie Wolfe | | 541-278-5759 (Service Center)


Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

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Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255).


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