Veteran Services

RRCC Veteran Services - Honoring Those Who Serve

***Covid-19 Closures & VA Benefits (3/23/20)***

Lakewood Office Will Be Open On Mondays - All other times, please email Veteran.Services@rrcc.edu.

**UPDATE**

To Any Student Currently Using VA Benefits,

In light of the emergency circumstances, there will be no changes to benefits now that classes has been moved online.

Here is the notice from the GI Bill team:

"We have worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for those of you impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill is headed to the President to sign, which will give VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies.
 
The new law allows VA to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that your program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, you will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that you received for resident training until 12/21/20, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. We’re working to immediately implement the new changes."
 
This bill was signed into law on 3/23/20.

You can contact the Veteran Services office with any additional questions at Veteran.Services@rrcc.edu.


Welcome

Welcome to all of our military veterans, those of you still serving, and our military families and friends. At RRCC, we appreciate and value your service to us all, and we are committed to supporting your academic and career goals.

Our Veteran Services Office is here to help you through the traditional college processes as well as provide a comprehensive overview of VA educational benefits.


 

RRCC named a Best for Vets College in 2019

Military Times 2019 Best for Vets Colleges

Red Rocks Community College has been selected as one of Military Times' 2019 Best for Vets Colleges!

Military Times surveys hundreds of colleges across the country each year and ranks them in the areas of university culture, academic quality, outcomes, policies, student support and costs, and financial aid. This year, RRCC is ranked 16th among all two-year colleges in the United States

 

Previous Awards

RRCC Best for Vets awards since 2011
Military Advanced Education and Transition TOP Colleges and Unverisities - 2017Military Advanced Education and Transition TOP Colleges and Unverisities - 2018

 

*** Appointment requests should go to veteran.services@rrcc.edu. ***

 


 

 FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. "Do you need anything else from me?" Please double-check the Get Started Here page to make sure you have completed all of the steps that apply to you. If/when we find something that we need from you, we contact you immediately. Please check your student email.
  2. "Why does the VA say I was certified for fewer credits than I'm taking?" If you received a copy of the VA Cert email from the VA, they only tell you about the first certification submitted or updated for you for that day. Many students have more than one certification based on having different start and end dates. If we couldn't certify a class, we will tell you about it in your student email account. Please check your spam and jumk folders for an email from veteran.services@rrcc.edu.
  3. "What do I do if I need money for books and the VA hasn't paid my book stipend?" Please fill out our Daniels Brothers short-term, interest-free book loan paperwork. Those forms are located in the Veteran Center and in the Veteran Services office on the Lakewood campus. We have a locked dropbox outside our office where we can receive those. We will call you as soon as it's approved, but it usually takes 1-2 business days to fully process.
  4. "When will VA pay my balance?" If you are using Post 9/11 and eligible for 100% of your tuition and fees to be paid by the VA, they typically pay the month before the semester ends. If you submitted your online form by the drop date (Request for VA Certification), you will not be charged late fees on this balance. If you are not using Post 9/11 balance, please set up a payment plan to avoid late fees.

 


Military and Veteran Services

The mission of the Red Rocks Community College Veteran Services Department is to ease the transition from the military environment to the learning environment by assisting those presently serving and prior-service military members and their dependents with understanding and applying for their GI Bill®education benefits, connecting these students with on-campus and community based resources, and by creating an environment of support and community.

Services we offer are:

  • Connecting students to campus experts in Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Personal Counseling Services, Accessibility Services, Testing Services, and Career Services.
  • Assisting with some types of student account holds.
  • GI Bill® Certification.
  • Appointments with your School Certifying Official: "Login with your school account" and use your Rock signon. Appointments will be on the left-hand side.
  • Peer to Peer Mentoring and Career Mentoring
  • Referrals to campus and community resources.
  • Support and campus activities to ease the soldier-to-student transition.
  • Promoting camaraderie among military students through organized student veteran and military associations.
  • Access to Military and Veteran Student Center. A place to study, mingle and learn more about veteran-related events and resources.
  • Connections with off-campus Veteran Services Organizations to help ease the transition from service member to student.

 


 

Earn College Credit for Prior Learning

Did you know that you could receive college credit for knowledge gained through your military training and experiences? Click here to learn more!


 

*Red Rocks Community College participates in the Principles of Excellence, 8 Keys to Veterans' Success, and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. 


*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.