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 Winter 2013


March 27, 2014


Thursday, April 3, 2014

 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Library – Room CO 111

Michele Welsh Advising Services
Terry Worst Veteran Services

This workshop will focus on how veterans can be successful in their college pursuits and how they can properly apply for and retain their veteran grants.

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VRAP Announcement
March 10, 2014 

VA's authority to issue payments under VRAP ends March 31, 2014. To ensure payment for current enrollment periods. Enrollments will not be accepted after March 17, 2014.  If your enrollment period extends beyond March 31, you may be eligible for an additional lump-sum payment to complete the training period. Learn more on the VRAP website.

Students currently receiving VRAP benefits may verify their enrollment for March as usual through VA's Web Automated Verification of Enrollment or Interactive Voice Response on or after March 31. To verify attendance, visit the WAVE website or call the automated verification line at 877-843-2378, or the customer service team at 888-442-4551[7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (CDT)]. Students must notify School Certifying Officials and VA at 888-GI Bill-1 (888-442-4551) of any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014.


Veteran ID Cards
The Franklin County Recorder's Office will be on campus 19 March 2014 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. located in Main Gym (Delaware Hall) during the Women's Wellness & Involvement Fair.

This program allows veterans to obtain a Document Identification Card from our office. This card will display a photograph of the veteran, military service dates, and other pertinent information regarding the veteran's service to our country. This card contains their specific document number, so the discharge record can be rapidly located by his office when needed. The cost to obtain the card is $1.

In order to receive a United States Veteran Document Identification Card, veterans must record their military discharge with the Franklin County Recorder's Office and show two forms of current and valid identification. The only forms of identification we will accept are:

An original or certified birth certificate
Identification card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
United States military identification card
Social Security card
State issued license or permit to carry a concealed weapon
State issued motor vehicle operator's license
State issued identification card
Valid US passport
The Veteran ID card can be useful to veterans to prove eligibility for a number of services and benefits including:

Employment Applications
Veterans' Home Loans
Veterans' Hospital Services
Student Loans
Burial Benefits
Discounts at participating retail establishments and restaurants


4 March 2014

1. Register for classes as soon as possible (SUMMER 2014 semester registration opened on February 21, 2014 and will continue through May 11, 2014); LATE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE ASSESSED AFTER MAY 11, 2014 (end of "On-Time" registration).

2. Immediately following registration, complete and submit the CSCC "Request for VA Certification" form - to the Veterans Services staff. This form may be dropped off (Union Hall Room 48), faxed to 614-287-6085 or scanned & emailed to (Last Name, Cougar ID and TERM in the subject line of the email) that your registration is complete and you are requesting VA benefits.

3. Certification forms are now required for EACH TERM that you are requesting benefits! VA Request for Certification Form

4. If any registration changes are made following notification of the Veterans Services Office notification is required by contacting us at (as detailed above).

5. If you have changed your major (Program of Study), please ensure that your official major is changed with the Office of Records & Registration (614-287-5353), then complete the CSCC "Request for VA Certification" form which can be downloaded from the CSCC web site. The completed form must be returned (scanned/emailed, faxed or dropped off) to the Veteran Services Office (Union Hall, Room 48) immediately following the completion of registration before VA enrollment certification can take place. Non-receipt of this form will delay or prevent benefit processing and payments.

Any changes to your registration for summer 2014 term made on or after Sunday, May 11th and following VA certification processing (receipt of the VA email notification that your enrollment has been certified) will delay benefits payments and may also cause over/under payments, being dropped from classes, and indebtedness to CSCC and/or the VA


16 DEC 2013

FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller's information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.

The numbers to be avoided are:

800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)

888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)

VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary.


5 DEC 2013

The Office of Veteran Services will be hosting a "Mission Ready Orientation" for the upcoming Spring 2014 semester, for enrolled veteran and military students. The purpose of the event is to expose our veteran and military student population to available college resources and give them an opportunity to connect with their military peers at Columbus State. During this orientation students can expect to learn about the various services that will assist them with their transition from the military to college life.

Columbus State "Mission Ready Orientation"
Date: Tuesday January 7, 2014
Location: Madison Hall Room 103 (Next to Admissions)

Tentative Agenda
Session I - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Session II - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Counseling Services
Disability Services
Career Services
Advising Services
Veterans Services
Student Engagement & Leadership
U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

RSVP to or
@ Union Hall, Room 48 & Delaware Hall Room 156

You served your country; we're here to serve you.

Event flier

 4 DEC 2013

Attention G.I. Bill Students! The Ohio Residency Verification Sessions are conducted each semester to assist students in a redetermination of their current residency status with Columbus State Community College. A student's residency status is initially determined by information he or she provided on his or her application for admission to Columbus State Community College. Please be advised that fee payment deadlines cannot be waived or extended for a student whose residency status is being reviewed. Students must make full payment of all tuition (including non-resident of Ohio fees) by the appropriate deadline date to avoid being dropped for non-payment of fee.

25 NOV 2013

The Columbus State Veterans Organization (CSVO) will be holding informational membership meetings on Tuesday 21 Jan 2014 & Thursday 23 Jan starting at 2:00 p.m. The meetings will be held in DE 156, please bring a resume if you plan on running for an office. You can email with any questions.

CSVO flyer

 2 OCT 2013

The Veterans Services GI Bill Office has moved. We are now located on the Lower Level of Union Hall in Room 048 and normal business hours have resumed.