If you served in the military, Southwest Virginia Community College is here to serve you.
We’ve consistently ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly schools every year since 2008, with recognition from GI Jobs, Silver Star Families of America, and other veterans’ organizations.
You’ll find a welcoming environment that values individuals of strong character. We provide military veterans with easy access to resources that promote financial, academic, and professional success.
Southwest Virginia Community College supports military veterans and their families with:
- Hands-on advisers. Every problem has a solution at SWCC. Our advisers can help you with everything from course selection and career planning to child care and transportation. You’ll build personal connections with advisers who know you by name and care about your success.
- Veterans’ Upward Bound. This special program for military veterans provides a comprehensive set of free services, including financial aid, tutoring, mentoring, academic skills development, career planning and more.
- Student Veterans Association. Our active military student organization keeps a busy schedule of fundraisers, field trips, and recreational outings. It’s a great way to connect with role models, collaborators and friends.
- Degree programs that build on your service. You’ll find a range of academic programs that help you translate skills you developed in the military into a college degree and professional opportunities in business, technology, health care, law enforcement, and other fields.
- Alternative ways to receive credit for your military experience. You may be able to convert your military training into college credits by creating a prior learning portfolio, using a standardized test score such as DSST or Dantes, or seeking a prior learning assessment from the appropriate academic dean. You’ll automatically receive up to three college credits in Physical Education just for proof of completing basic military training.
“The Military Times Best: Colleges 2019 list, formerly known as Best for Vets: Colleges submitted an exhaustive, 150-question survey to be considered for our annual rankings. The rankings were more competitive than ever in 2019, as a record number of schools participated in our annual survey, and less than half made the cut. ”
Over the last several years, SWCC has consistently ranked in the top 25 of this prestigious recognition, achieving a ranking of #10 in 2 year colleges for 2019.
Veterans Get Full Financial Benefits at Southwest Virginia Community College
This institution is approved to offer Gl Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency. See College Catalog for more information and grievance procedure.
Our Veterans Certifying Official, Christopher Reynolds, will help you obtain the paperwork and provide the necessary documentation.
Your level of financial support depends on the number of credits you take:
- 12 or more semester hours — full-time benefits
- 9 to 11 semester hours — three-quarter-time benefits
- 6 to 8 semester hours — half-time benefits
You may need to provide discharge records, family status records, or other VA eligibility forms to get certified for veterans educational benefits. In addition, you may be eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Act of 2008.
Remember, we’re here to serve you. Contact the Student Development Services office at (276) 964-7290 to make sure you get all the veterans’ educational benefits you’re eligible for.
Veterans Certifying Official
Student Development Services
Please see the Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance Policy
SEC. 103. Disapproval for purposes of educational assistance programs of Department of Veterans Affairs of certain courses of education that do not permit individuals to attend or participate in courses pending payment. See Section 103 Excerpt of the Law
Developmental classes must precede required courses (e. g., ENG 01 before ENG 101 or ENG 111; MTH 03 before MTH 115, etc.). Developmental courses may be repeated one time.