Records and Registration

Veteran Support

Northeast Community College proudly provides service to our veterans through the Registrars’ Office in the College Welcome Center. One full-time staff member, Karen Hoefler and one part-time staff member, Sharon Hart are available to offer assistance to veteran students enrolled in or wishing to enroll in courses on our campus, online or at our Education Centers. They are both employed by Northeast, not the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, (VA) and are centered on certifying your coursework with the VA.

Northeast has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2014. This honor places Northeast in the top 15% of all schools nationwide, noting our steadfast commitment for educating our great nation’s military veterans. Northeast works directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a training facility for eligible veterans, servicemen, reservists, children, spouses and widows/widowers of veterans.

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country
is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Am I eligible for VA benefits?

Eligibility information for VA benefits may be found on the VA website, eBenefits, or by placing a phone call directly to the VA at 1-888-GI BILL 1.


Prospective VA students who have never used benefits

The steps below are intended to be a general resource for students interested in using VA benefits at Northeast. They are not intended to take the place of contacting the Registrar's office.

Student’s eligible for Chapter 31 or who are using benefits from a parent or spouse will need to contact the Registrar's Office for specific information. Some of the steps below will not apply to you.

1. Determine your eligibility and chapter* – You will find helpful information on the VA website, eBenefits or by contacting the VA at 1-888-GI Bill 1. Students eligible for Chapter 31 or who are using benefits from a parent or spouse will need to contact the Registrar's Office for specific information. Some of the steps below will not apply to you.

2. Apply for Veterans Educational Benefits* through the VA website (VONAPP). You will need to know your chapter and have a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 Copy), your checking account and routing numbers and the start date of your classes. (The VA will refer to this as a “training date”.) Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. After your VONapp processing is complete, you should receive a Letter of Eligibility from the VA. When this comes, please provide the Registrar's Office with a copy.

3. Provide the Registrar's Office with a copy of your VONapp. We will need a copy with your original signature; however, we will not need any other signatures.

4. If you plan to use Tuition Assistance, visit with your unit about how to begin this process.

5. Apply for admission to Northeast.

6. Provide the Registrar's office with a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy - noted in the lower right hand corner)

7. Request an official copy of your military transcripts be sent to Northeast Community College. These must come directly to our office from the military portal or through the US Mail.

8. Request an official transcript from any previous colleges you have attended. We will need an official transcript regardless of your graduation status or your success in the courses for which you enrolled. If you enrolled, we need a transcript. See your specific college website for instructions on how to request an official transcript.

Request transcripts be sent to this address:

Northeast Community College
Registrar’s Office
P.O. Box 469
801 East Benjamin Ave.
Norfolk, NE 68701

9. Visit with an advisor – Contact our Admissions Department to schedule an appointment, 402.844.7260 or stop by the Admissions Department in the College Welcome Center.

10. Register for classes.

11. Request the Registrar’s Office review and certify your coursework.

12. If you are Chapter 1606, 1607, or 30 remember to verify your school attendance each month (WAVE).

Certification by the Northeast Community College School Certifying Official is no guarantee of benefit payment to you or the school. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes all financial and eligibility determinations.

*You will need to know the Chapter of benefits for which you are eligible when you complete the VONapp.


Prospective VA students who have used benefits at another college

The steps below are intended to be a general resource for students interested in using VA benefits at Northeast. They are not intended to take the place of contacting the Registrar's office.

Student’s eligible for Chapter 31 or who are using benefits from a parent or spouse will need to contact the Registrar's Office for specific information. Some of the steps below will not apply to you.

1. Know which Chapter of benefits you will use. If you are unsure, you may contact the VA. If you will be making a Chapter change, you will need to complete the VONapp to process this change. You will find helpful information on the VA website and eBenefits or by contacting the VA at 1-888-GI Bill 1. If you will NOT be changing Chapters, DO NOT COMPLETE THE VONapp.

A change to Chapter 33 is irrevocable. Contact the VA, 1-888-GI Bill 1, for questions involving your specific circumstance and the decision that is best for you.

2. Apply to change the location of your benefits through the VA website (VONAPP). You will NOT complete the VONapp as you did when you first applied. You will select VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training. (If you are a spouse or child using the benefits of an eligible veteran from Chapter 35 or Chapter 33, you will complete the Dependent Change of Program or Place of Training, VA Form 22-5495).

3. Provide the Registrar’s Office with a copy of the 22-1995 OR 22-5495. (See #2)

4. If you plan to use Tuition Assistance, visit with your unit about how to begin this process.

5. Apply for admission to Northeast.

6. Provide the Registrar’s Office with a Member 4 copy (see the lower right hand corner) of your DD214 (Member 4 Copy).

7. Request an official copy of your military transcripts be sent to Karen in the Registrar’s Office. These must come directly to our office from the military portal or through the US Mail.

8. Request an official transcript from any previous colleges you have attended. We will need an official transcript regardless as to your graduation status or your success in the courses for which you enrolled. If you enrolled, we need a transcript. See your specific college website for instructions on how to request an official transcript.

9. Visit with an advisor – Contact our Admissions department to schedule an appointment, 402.844.7260 or stop by the Admissions Department in the College Welcome Center.

10. Register for classes.

11. Request a review from the Registrar’s Office and certify your coursework.

12. If you are Chapter 1606, 1607, or 30 remember to verify your school attendance each month (WAVE).

Certification by the Northeast Community College School Certifying Official is no guarantee of benefit payment to you or the school. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes all financial and eligibility determinations.


VA students currently receiving benefits and attending Northeast

  • Your schedule will have a direct impact on your VA benefits. The School Certifying Official will review your schedule in light of your VA benefits before each certification or certification change. You are encouraged to visit with your advisor when creating your schedule, adding or dropping classes.

  • You have a hold on your account. As a veteran student using VA benefits, Northeast is responsible for accurately reporting your enrollments (certifications). This includes any changes you make in your schedule through the entire term. The VA hold helps us track your changes so we can report accurately. This hold will not prevent you from accessing any other portions of your My Northeast account.

  • Contact the Registrar's Office to have your VA hold lifted when you create your schedule, add or drop classes. 402.844.7259 or 402.844.7730.

  • Failed courses and/or dropped classes may create a debt you will owe to the school or the VA. Check out the resources for success dropdown below to view what is offered through Northeast. Contact the VA for any debt questions that may arise.

  • If you are called to any kind of military leave, contact the Registrar's Office. We have a generous Military Call-up Procedure, and, if you qualify, we will work with you through the entire process. If you will miss classes for a military call-up for ANY AMOUNT of time, even if you do not qualify for our Military Call-up Policy, contact our office.

  • If you do not wish to use benefits in any given term, please contact the Registrar's Office.

  • If you are eligible and would like to change chapters, please contact the Registrar's Office.

  • If you are Chapter 1606, 1607, or 30 remember to verify your school attendance each month (WAVE).

  • If you are or will be receiving any scholarship, please contact the Registrar's Office. Some scholarships will have a direct bearing on your VA benefits.

  • You may be eligible for Financial Aid while still using your VA benefits at Northeast. Please visit with the Financial Aid office located in the College Welcome Center, 402.844.7285 to discuss your eligibility.

  • Certification by the Northeast Community College School Certifying Official is no guarantee of benefit payment to you or the school. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes all financial and eligibility determinations.


Military Transcripts

Northeast requires official transcripts that are sent directly from the military branch to the College by US mail or delivered electronically. After your application to Northeast is received, our Registrar will review your military transcripts to see if credit can be accepted at Northeast. It is possible for Northeast to accept credit that may not work toward your degree. After your transcript is processed, you will see any credits accepted in your DegreeWorks audit available in your My Northeast account.

Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard https://jst.doded.mil/

Air Force http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/


Resources for Success

1. Visit with your instructor.

2. See your advisor. If you do not know your advisor, contact our Admissions department, 402.844.7260.

3. Ask about Academic Support, including Tutoring and Writer’s Clinic, 402.844.7125.

4. Ask about Disability Services, 402.844.7343.

5. Be aware of the last day to withdraw from your class. After that date you will no longer be able to withdraw and you will receive the grade you have earned in the class at final grading. Visit with your instructor, advisor or the Registrar's Office to determine the last day to withdraw from any class in which you are struggling.


Tuition Assistance

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Each branch of service has its own criteria for eligibility. Typically, this money is paid directly to the school by the branch. If you are not familiar with TA, you may find this overview helpful.

Tuition Assistance is initiated and maintained by the student. Once courses are approved, the student must print and submit an authorization form to the College. This will allow Northeast to complete the end of term grade reporting to the approving branch. Without grade reporting, future TA approval may be jeopardized. Specific questions regarding TA should be directed to the unit or addressed through the contact information located on the following websites.

Army
Army Tuition Assistance information

Navy Navy Tuition Assistance information

Marines Marine Tuition Assistance information

Air Force Air Force Tuition Assistance information

Coast Guard
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance information


Helpful Links

VA Website
http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Submit a Question through the VA portal (also FAQ’s)
https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/utils/login_form/redirect/ask/

eBenefits
https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
Have you signed up for eBenefits? It’s a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information with the VA.

Verify your school attendance (WAVE)
https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do/

How to get a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 Copy) – Report of Separation
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
This site will give you instructions on how to obtain a new copy, if your copy is lost or misplaced.


Approval and Associations

Northeast Community College is approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) as a training facility for eligible veterans, servicemembers, reservists, children, and widow/widowers of veterans. The Northeast Community College Registrar’s Office collects and processes all required VA documentation.

Northeast Community College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, SOC, established in 1972, consists of national higher education associations and approximately 1,900 institutional members. SOC consortium institutional members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to military students including those on active duty, Coast Guard personnel, reservists, members of the National Guard, family members, civilian employees of the Department of Defense, and veterans of all Services. As a SOC Consortium member, this institution ensures servicemembers and their family members share in appropriately accredited postsecondary educational opportunities available to other citizens. Flexibility of programs and procedures particularly in admissions, counseling, credit transfer, course articulations, recognition of non-traditional learning experiences, scheduling course format, and residency requirements are provided to enhance access of military students and their family members to higher education programs.


A personalized copy of the federal financial aid Shopping Sheet is available to all students through their My Northeast account.

Thank you for the service you have provided for our country. We believe you will find Northeast a great place to begin to fulfill your dreams. If we can be of assistance do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or in-person in the College Welcome Center.

Karen Hoefler
Associate Registrar

Phone: (402) 844-7730
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7730
karenh@northeast.edu