VA School Certifying Official
VA Education Benefits
NMJC is fully certified by the state of New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services State Approving Agency (G.I. Bill®). Most NMJC course offerings are approved and meet veteran’s educational assistance criteria under federal and state laws.
Tuition waivers are available for students who qualify for in-state tuition from out-of-state status under the various federal programs (Chapter 31 & 33) and state legislative action. For specific information, contact the VA School Certifying Official.
VR&E - Chapter 31
VEAP - Chapter 32
Post 9/11 GI Bill® - Chapter 33
DEA - Chapter 35
Reserves/Guard - Chapter 1606
Veteran Readiness and Employment - Chapter 31
The VR&E program is designed for those that have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working.
You can also apply by filling out VA Form 28-1900, and mailing it to:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VR&E Intake Center
PO Box 5210
For more information please call the VA Toll-Free at (800) 827-1000.
Get your class schedule certified every term as soon as you register for classes.
Follow these steps every term to certify your class schedule with the VA Office.
- Meet with an Academic Advisor
You can schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to help you choose courses that complete the approved program of study that you declare. You must be enrolled in an approved program of study and register for courses that count toward your program.
- Register for Classes
After meeting with your Academic Advisor, register for your courses.
- Get Certified Every Term
As soon as you register for classes, submit your final class schedule with your VA Class Certification Form to your VA School Certifying Official.
The VA determines your rate of pursuit based on when your classes start and end. To remain eligible for a monthly stipend for the entire term, you should enroll in courses that are in session for the entire length of the term.
Chapters 30, 35, and 1606 students are responsible for the cost of their courses and books each semester.
Chapter 31 students are only responsible for the cost of the courses that the VA will not be certifying as well as any books and supplies required for those courses.
Chapter 33 students are responsible for the cost of the courses that the VA will not be certifying and will not receive a book stipend for those courses. Also, Chapter 33 students are responsible for any percentage the VA will not be paying.
Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 students are required to verify their continued enrollment with the VA on a monthly basis. They may do so online at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or via the telephone by calling 1-877-823-2378.