Veteran Educational Benefits

Central Arizona College (CAC) is proud and honored to serve Veterans, their survivors, and dependents, and is fully approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) to administer the VA Education Benefits’ program. The program at CAC is managed by Veteran Services as part of the Admissions and Recruitment office. The VA implements and oversees VA Education Benefits, and as such, requires specific admission policies and procedures for all veteran students to follow. The Enrollment Steps guide outlines the necessary steps that all Veterans and Dependents must complete to use educational benefits at CAC.

Degree and Certificate Programs

All students must declare a Program of Study (POS), which is either a transferable degree, an Associate of Applied Science degree, or Certificate. Below is a link full list of programs available at CAC, and description of the degree/certificate programs:
CAC Degrees and Certificates

Degree or certificate programs not listed may not be eligible for VA educational benefits, please speak with School Certifying Official (SCO) or meet with an academic advisor to discuss your degree/certificate programs options. The following link will help you connect with an academic advisor at any of our locations:
Academic Advising Hours and Locations

Prior College and Military Transcripts

Students eligible for VA education benefits at CAC who have attended other higher education institutions, must submit official transcripts to CAC for evaluation of transfer credit into the degree/certificate program being pursued at CAC. Failure to disclose attendance/transcripts from previous college(s) is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is grounds for denial of admission or immediate suspension if enrolled.

In addition to higher education institutions, students who served in the military must submit military training transcripts to CAC Registration office. Military training transcripts from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard can be obtained by visiting the Joint Service Transcript (JST) website (https://jst.doded.mil/smart/welcome.do). Once on the website, unofficial transcripts can be downloaded to a “PDF” document and are free of charge. This is NOT a substitution for an official transcript, but will assist an advisor to recommend courses the first semester of a student’s enrollment at CAC. For students who served in the Air Force, transcripts can be requested through CCAF website (http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp).

NOTE: Only students who served in the military need to submit military transcripts.

Unofficial transcripts, both from military training and higher education institutions, must be submitted to the School Certifying Official before certification of VA Education benefits can submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It is the responsibility of the student to request official transcripts from all institutions and the military, as well as any cost that may be associated with requesting the transcripts.  The mailing address is below:

Central Arizona College
Transcript Evaluation Office
805 South Idaho Road
Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Students must also submit a Request for Transcript Evaluation Form. Once completed, the form can be submitted to the Registration office at any college location or fax to 480.677.7744.

Mandatory Advising

All students receiving VA education benefits at CAC are required to meet with an academic advisor every semester to create or update their degree/certificate programs. Academic Advising is available at all campuses and most learning centers at CAC; additionally, online advising is available to students with extenuating circumstances that are unable to meet with an advisor. It is recommended students meet or schedule an appointment with an advisor as soon as the registration period is open for the upcoming semester. Additional information on advising

An advisor ensures all courses taken fulfill requirements or are developmental courses taken to develop skills necessary to fulfill a requirement of the student’s Program of Study. If a course is not applicable or required of the student’s degree/certificate program, they will not be certified by SCO. As mentioned previously, students with previous college/military training credits from higher education or military training must bring their unofficial transcripts when meeting with an advisor for the first time to determine possible transfer credit for a requirement of a student’s degree/certificate program. Once students meet with an advisor, they will receive a Master Academic Plan (MAP) for their program of study. Students must have the advisor sign off on the student’s MAP before certification of VA education benefits and submitted to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Guest Students

Students who are receiving VA education benefits at another school, and wish to take classes at CAC, must obtain a Parent Letter from the School Certifying Official at the primary school. This will ensure that the courses being taken at CAC will be applicable to the primary school program. Below is a list of what will need to be provided to CAC’s School Certifying Official:

  • Parent Letter from the School Certifying Official from the primary school, listing all courses that will be taken at CAC.
  • VA Certification Request form located at CAC with the School Certifying Official and the Student Detailed Schedule.

Contact Information

For further general inquires or assistance, please contact CAC’s Veteran Services Specialist and VA School Certifying Official (SCO), Elizabeth Barrett at elizabeth.barrett@centralaz.edu or 520.494.5517. She is located in Room M115A at the Signal Peak campus in Coolidge.

Services

Financial Aid Recources
Veteran's Services Specialist
Financial Aid Contact Information
  • District Office-Signal Peak Campus
    520.494.5425
  • Superstition Mountain Campus
    480.677.7708
  • San Tan Campus
    480.677.7830
  • Maricopa Campus
    520.494.6429
  • Aravaipa Campus
    520.357.2800