Center for Veteran and Military Affairs

Center for Veteran and Military Affairs


Website: http://www.bergen.edu/new-students/veterans-military-affairs-center/
E-mail: vsurdyka@bergen.edu
Room: Pitkin Education Center, Room L-113
Phone: (201) 447-7997
 

1. The Veterans Connection

The Center for Veteran and Military Affairs ensures that service members and veterans can focus on their reintegration into civilian and student life as well as their academic success.
The College's faculty and staff are committed to working with student veterans to make their college experience both rewarding and productive.
Veterans Student veterans are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of programs, services and resources at the College that support veteran student their success.
The Veterans Connection at Bergen:

  • Works with veterans to assess their military experience in relation to their academic goals.
  • Helps veterans in learning about VA benefits and how to access them, as well as a variety of programs and services available.
  • Assists veterans with reintegration into civilian and academic life.
  • Introduces veterans to other students at Bergen who share common experiences.
  • Serves as a conduit for raising understanding on issues that impact veteran students.

Veterans should check-in with the Center for Veteran and Military Affairs at the beginning of each semester to verify enrollment information and during the semester to report any changes in semester hour loads.
Failure to do so may result in interruption of VA benefits.

2. Veteran Affairs

Contact the Veteran and Military Affairs Center for specific information concerning veterans’ benefits.
Veterans are requested to contact the Veteran and Military Center at the beginning of each semester to verify enrollment information and during the semester to report any changes in semester hour loads.
Failure to do so may result in interruption of VA benefits.

3. Veterans

Students planning to receive Veterans Administration educational benefits should report to the Veteran and Military Affairs Center, on the College's main campus in Paramus, Room L-113, or call (201) 447-7997 before the beginning of each semester of attendance, including summer session.
Information about the application process for benefits is also available in this office.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the office of any changes in enrollment during each semester of attendance.

4. New Jersey National Guard

A New Jersey resident who is currently an active member of the New Jersey National Guard, is entitled to enroll in a maximum of 16 credits per semester without paying tuition.
Tuition-free enrollment is permitted only to the extent that federal and state financial aid does not cover tuition costs; however the appropriate financial aid forms must be filed and reviewed by a Financial Aid advisor.
Applicable fees and materials must be paid by the student as they are not covered by the National Guard Waiver Program.
Students must be in good standing in order to utilize the National Guard Waiver.

5. Priority Registration

Bergen Community College is proud to offer priority registration to current military and student Veterans.
Those interested in utilizing priority registration must report to the Veteran and Military Affairs Center for priority registration assistance.

6. VA Pending Payment Compliance Statement

In compliance with federal law, Bergen Community College will not penalize student Veterans utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefit programs, while awaiting tuition payment from the Veterans Administration.
Furthermore, Bergen Community College will not prevent the students’ enrollment in subsequent semesters, will not charge a late fee, or require student to provide funding for a given semester in lieu of Veteran Administration’s payment.
Notes: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).