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As a Designated Military-Friendly school, SCC is proud to welcome student veterans and active-duty service members.

Our veteran services coordinator can help you activate your VA benefits, complete your FAFSA, and help you identify other types of financial assistance. If you have questions about your benefits or eligibility, we are here to assist you.

Contact Information

Nick Kalinin
Veterans Services & Financial Aid Officer
Financial Aid & Veterans Services
SCC Main (1-SCM) 1113
(636) 922-8268

How do I use my benefits?

SCC Active-Duty Military and Veterans Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions

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Campus Resources

Student Veterans Organization
Disability Support Services
Mental Health Services
ACE Tutoring Center
Career Services Center
The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) provides transitional and education support, camaraderie and personal development for veterans, veteran supporters, current service members and family members. Follow them on Facebook. DSS provides services to those students providing documented disability information as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act). Mental Health Services are available to assist all current SCC credit students. If you have any personal issues that are interfering with your success, a counselor is here to help. Schedule an appointment: 636-922-8536. The Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Tutoring Center is a learning center dedicated to helping students achieve academic, professional and personal success by assisting them to improve their academic skills and study techniques.  The Career Services Center assists students in achieving their career goals and supports employers in the community by connecting them with qualified employees.

Important Policies, Programs, & Information

Per DOD (Department of Defense) MOU (Memorandum of Understanding), Paragraph 3.j.(2),

St. Charles Community College 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:

St. Charles Community College prohibits high-pressure recruitment tactics such as makingmultiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, andengaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service memberenrollments in non- credit courses/programs.

Under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 and its expanded provisions, the following individuals shall be charged the in-state/in-district rate or otherwise considered a resident for tuition purposes:

A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).

Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).

Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Missouri while attending a school located in Missouri (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.

St. Charles Community College will not penalize or prohibit a Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation student from attending or participating in courses while awaiting VA payment (for up to 90 days). We will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transitions Act of 2018)

SCC 60% Return of Tuition Assistance for Active-Duty Military

Military Tuition Assistance (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 unless they have completed a minimum of 60% of the course.

St. Charles Community College will adhere to the DOD MOU Return of Military Tuition Assistance funds guidance when a military service member drops a course. SCC will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis following college refund policies. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stop attending. These funds are returned to the military Service branch. The student may owe a portion of his/her tuition toSCC and/or the appropriate military branch.

  • Submitted before or during weeks 1-2: 100% return
  • Submitted during weeks 3-4: 75% return
  • Submitted during weeks 5-8: 50% return
  • Submitted during week 9: 40% return
  • Submitted during weeks 10-16: 0% return


  • Submitted before or during week 1: 100% return
  • Submitted during week 2: 75% return
  • Submitted during weeks 3-4: 50% return
  • Submitted during week 5: 40% return
  • Submitted during weeks 6-8: 0% return


The percentage of TA Funds to be returned for courses that are shorter or longer than 16 weeks will be calculated based on the actual start and end dates of the course.

P 424.2 Readmission of Students after Military Duty

In accordance with federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 668.18 and the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), SCC will promptly readmit members of the uniformed services who seek readmission with the same academic status they had when last attending the College or accepted for admission to the school to a program of study that was interrupted due to a uniformed service obligation. This requirement applies to any student who cannot attend school due to military service.

This requirement shall apply to:

  • Service members who are unable to attend classes for more than 30 consecutive days due to military service; and
  • Service members who are unable to attend classes for less than 30 days due to military service when such an absence would result in a withdrawal from the college.
Pr. 424.2
A student is eligible for readmission under this policy if, during an absence:
  • The student performs military services voluntary or involuntary, in the Armed Forces, including theNational Guard or Reserve, active duty, active duty for training or full-time National Guard (under federalauthority). The cumulative length of all absences for uniformed service (service time only) must notexceed five years.

Pr. 424.2
The student must notify SCC of their military service and intention to return to the College as follows:
Notification of military service:

The student (or an appropriate officer of the armed forces or official ofthe Department of Defense) must give oral or written notice of such service to the SCC Director ofAdmissions and Registration (who shall forward the information to the SCC Office of FinancialAid/Veterans Services) as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does nothave to indicate whether the student intends to return to SCC and may not be subject to any rule oftimeliness. (Timeliness must be determined by the facts in each case.)

Alternatively, at the time of readmission, the student may submit an attestation of military service thatnecessitated his absence from SCC. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity, such asservice in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.

Notification of intent to return to SCC:

The student must also give oral or written notice of an intent toreturn to SCC within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who ishospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance ofservice must notify SCC within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illnessor injury. A student who fails to apply for readmission within these periods does not automatically forfeiteligibility for readmission but is subject to the school's established leave of absence policy and generalpractices.

Pr. 424.3

A returning student will be charged the same tuition and fees in effect during the last academicyear the student attended unless veterans' education benefits or other servicemember education benefitswill pay the amount in excess. For subsequent academic years, the returning student may not be chargedtuition and fees more than what other students in the program are charged.

Pr. 424.4

SCC will promptly readmit the student into the next class/es  in the program beginning after they provide notice of intent to reenroll, unless they request a later date or unusual circumstances require SCC to admit them later. SCC will admit the student with the same academic status, which means:

  • They will be admitted to the same program to which tthey were last admitted; or, if that exact program is no longer offered, to the program most like that program, unless they choose a different program.
  • They will be admitted at the same enrollment status, unless the student wants to enroll at a different enrollment status.
  • They will be admitted with the same number of credit hours previously completed, unless the student is readmitted to adifferent program to which the completed credit hours are not transferable.
  • They will be admitted with the same academic standing the student previously had.

The cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from the school for military service may not exceed five years. Only the time the student spends performing service is counted. If SCC determines that a returning student is not prepared to resume the program or is unable to complete the program, the College must make reasonable efforts to enable the student to resume or complete theprogram at no additional cost to the student. If such efforts are unsuccessful or place an undue hardship on SCC, the College is not required to readmit the student.

These are automatically billed to a student account and are considered book charges by the VA, therefore the school is unable to bill these along with tuition. The VA intends for GI Bill® students to pay the school for these costs with their book stipend received directly from the VA.

The Higher Education Relief Opportunities For Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 confers certain benefits to active service members receiving financial aid, guaranteeing they are not penalized because of required military duties. 

Should you not be able to complete any work for a class because of a military obligation, speak to your advisor immediately about your options. Review the college’s 424 Military Duty Policies and procedures during this situation below. 


A student who is called to active duty in special situations in any branch of the military service of the United States while enrolled as a student of the College will be released from his/her academic responsibilities without penalty.


A student called to active duty may request to withdraw from all classes and receive a full refund of tuition and fees paid for class enrollment in that semester. This transaction must be initiated in the Admissions/ Registration Office. The student must provide a copy of his/her orders at time of request to withdraw.


A student called to active duty who has completed at least 75% of the time designated for a course may initiate a request through the instructor of record that s(he) be permitted to either receive an "incomplete" in the course, or take an early final examination and receive a final grade. Once a student notifies the designated College representative of his or her decision, the action selected will be considered final.


The option chosen should be properly documented to include the signatures of the student and the teacher, if at all possible, with a copy of the agreement being placed on file in the Admissions/Registrar's Office and Academic Affairs.


Any physical properties belonging to the College that the student has in his or her possession such as equipment, instruments, or books must be returned to the lending source prior to separation.

Some veterans are approved for the education benefits program known as Chapter 31. This program provides benefits to those veterans who have been determined to have a disability and need additional assistance. These veterans will meet with a VA Vocational Rehabilitation caseworker for program approval. If accepted into Chapter 31, VA form 28-1905 is required to be submitted to the VA School Certifying Official. A Certification Request Form should be completed before payment due date each semester. This will allow for the approval of the veterans courses to be secured in the system until payment has been made. The issuance of a credit for books and supplies and certification by the college's VA School Certifying Official will also require this approval process.


SCC is a participating institution for students using federal and state tuition assistance. For tuition assistance, prior to enrolling in classes, contact your Educational Service Officer or counselor within your unit to see how to apply for tuition assistance. If eligible, you must apply for these benefits through your service branch. If your request for tuition assistance is approved, you must contact the veteran services coordinator and provide proof of approval for tuition assistance. If your tuition assistance request is approved and you notify the veteran services coordinator prior to the tuition payment deadline, you will be held in your courses. If your tuition assistance request is not approved, or you fail to contact the veteran services coordinator prior to the tuition payment deadline, you will be responsible for paying any tuition and fee charges by the deadline to avoid being dropped from your courses. Failure to pay before the payment deadline will result in you being dropped from your courses.

SCC is a participating institution for students using MyCAA education benefits. If your request for tuition assistance is approved, you must contact the veteran services coordinator prior to the tuition deadline and provide proof of approval for tuition assistance to be held in your courses. If your tuition assistance request is not approved or you fail to contact the veteran services coordinator prior to the tuition payment deadline, you will be responsible for paying any tuition and fee charges by the deadline to avoid being dropped from your courses. Failure to pay before the payment deadline will result in you being dropped from your courses.

This law provides that institutions of higher education that receive any state funds shall limit the tuition charged to combat veterans to $50 per credit hour, as eligibility is determined, for any program leading to an undergraduate certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. A combat veteran is any person who served in armed combat after Sept. 11, 2001, who was a Missouri resident when first entering the military, and who was discharged from military service under honorable conditions. More information on the Act can be found on the MDHE website.

Section 103 of Public Law (PL) 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018,' amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.

Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), St. Charles Community College adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. St. Charles Community College will not:

  • Prevent the student's enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
  • Provide a written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies