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Military Friendly School MF '20-21 logoEducational Assistance for Veterans and Military-Affiliated Students

Blue Ridge Community College is committed to serving veterans and their families. It is our mission to provide exceptional guidance and support in helping student veterans reach their educational goals and making the transition from military life to college life easier. We accomplish this by offering one-on-one registration assistance, financial aid counseling, referrals to local resources, faculty mentoring and support, and a student veterans club to connect you with other veterans on campus. Review the links below for more information or contact Crystal Smith, VA School Certifying Official by phone at (828) 694-1815, email at cc_smith@blueridge.edu or text to (828) 600-4955.

Applying for and Using Your VA Education Benefit

Blue Ridge wants to make reaching your next summit- college life- a smooth journey. Review the Veterans Checklist for a step-by-step guide on how to apply for and use your VA education benefit.

Approved Programs of Study

Below are listed the programs of study approved for VA education benefits.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive veterans’ assistance, a student must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the college policy. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA. If the student’s GPA drops below a 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic probation.

Change of Status

Benefit recipients must immediately notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes that may affect their pay status. Such changes include changes of program, changes of hours, or changes of address. All necessary forms, instructions and assistance for notifying the Department of Veterans Affairs of changes in your status may be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarships for Veterans

Blue Ridge Community College offers scholarships that are specifically for veterans. To apply for one of these scholarships and more through the Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation, please complete a short application at the following link:
Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation Scholarship Application

Resources for Veterans and Military-Affiliated Students

Contact Us

VA Certifying Official

Crystal Smith
VA Certifying Official
Blue Ridge Community College
180 W. Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone: (828) 694-1815
Text: (828) 600-4955
Fax: (828) 696-2446
cc_smith@blueridge.edu
Sink Building, Room 128, Henderson County Campus

Contact Information

Regional VA Office
(800) 827-1000

Customer Services Representative
(888) 442-4551 or 888-GIBILL1
Please note that on-hold wait times can sometimes be long.

Veterans Crisis Line
To speak with a crisis responder:
1 (800) 273-8255, Press 1