Veterans Affairs Benefits

Bates Tech salutes you!

We’re proud to support veterans in their pursuit of education and career goals. Whether you’re fresh out of uniform or a seasoned civilian, we’re here to help you navigate your VA benefits and make the most of them at Bates Tech. If you have any questions, please contact the Bates Tech VA Certifying Official at vabenefits@batestech.edu or 253.680.7035.

Office Hours

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MondaySouthA100E8 a.m.4:30 p.m.
TuesdayDowntownA208b8 a.m.4:30 p.m.
WednesdayDowntownA208b8 a.m.4:30 p.m.
ThursdayDowntownA208b8 a.m.4:30 p.m.
FridayDowntownA208b10 a.m.4:30 p.m.

 


Students


Currently enrolled students must submit a certification request every term/quarter.
To ensure timely VA processing and payment, submit your request at least 30 days before the first day of the term.
Use the link below to submit your certification request.

Quarterly VA Certification Request Form

  • Complete the Quarterly Certification Request form only AFTER you are officially enrolled in your classes for the quarter.
  • For maximum benefit, if possible please ensure that you are taking at least 12 credits of in-person or hybrid classes before taking any online classes.
  • You can find your class schedule by logging into ctcLink, click Manage Classes, and View My Classes.
  • To prevent delays, submit your request at least 30 days before the first day of the term
  • This form will need to be submitted at least once every quarter. If ANY change in enrollment occurs, you must submit an updated Certification Request form.
  • The VA will only provide benefits for remedial classes (under 100 level) if they are taught exclusively in person. Remedial classes that are taught as hybrid will not be eligible for VA benefits.

Intake paperwork is only accepted after you have submitted your admissions application to Bates Tech.

See Step 1 of our Steps to Enrollment for more information.

If you are not ready to submit an admissions application, please read our “Prospective Students” section below.

If you have not applied for GI Bill® or Related Benefits through the VA, please visit the Bates Tech Veterans Affairs Benefits webpage for information on different education benefits available to you, and how you can submit your application to the VA.

Applications sent to the VA can take about 30 days to process. It can take an additional 30 days for the VA to process your quarterly benefits once the school can process your Quarterly Certification Request Form.

If you are reaching out within 60 days of the start of the quarter, please budget accordingly or visit the Bates Tech Apply for Financial Aid webpage.

Before using your benefits at Bates Tech, you will need to submit the following items.
New students are charged a one-time $50 Registration Fee that is not covered by Post/9-11 GI Bill® (CH 33) or VR&E (CH 31).

  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for your VA Education and Training Benefits program, or the contact information for your Chapter 31 VR&E Counselor.
    • If approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or you will be assigned a VR&E counselor.
    • To receive a reprint of your COE, call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
    • You may be able to access proof of VA Education Benefits eligibility from your eBenefits account on ebenfits.va.gov and submit a screen capture to vabenefits@batestech.edu.
  • Joint Service Transcript (JST) if you are a veteran.
    • All prior transcripts, even if VA did not pay for your prior classes.
    • Please see the “Transcripts” section below for clarification on whether you should submit unofficial transcripts to the Bates SCO, or if you should send official transcripts to the Registration Office.
  • DD-214 (member 4) for CH 33 veterans or CH 35 sponsors.
  • GI Bill® Student Intake Form
    • You will use the information on your COE to complete the Intake Form.
  • Veterans Student Agreement Form
  • Quarterly Certification Request Form
    • Complete the Quarterly Certification Request form only AFTER you are officially enrolled in your classes for the quarter.
    • You can find your class schedule by logging into ctcLink, click Student Homepage, Manage Classes, and View My Classes.
    • This form will need to be submitted at least once every quarter. If ANY change in enrollment occurs, you must submit an updated Certification Request form.
    • The VA will only provide benefits for remedial classes (under 100 level) if they are taught exclusively in person. Remedial classes that are taught as hybrid will not be eligible for VA benefits.

Submitting Documents

Please submit a copy of your COE (or provide your VR&E counselor’s contact information), veteran’s DD-214 (member 4), and other documents to vabenefits@batestech.edu.

You can also submit your documents in person at our Financial Aid Office locations during our hours of operation.

Please also review the VA Student Handbook

Transcripts – Transfer Credits

If you have attempted college credit classes at any other institution, you will need to submit unofficial transcripts from ALL of your prior institutions to vabenefits@batestech.edu.

If any classes might reduce the length of your program, you will need to submit your official transcripts to the Registration Office and submit a form so your transcripts can be evaluated.

Evaluating official transcripts can take up to 4 weeks, so please submit them as soon as possible.

Please see STEP 4 of the Transfer Student webpage for details. Be sure to submit a Request for Credit Evaluation Form or your transcript will not be evaluated.

You can request an official JST and have a digital file emailed directly to Registration@batestech.edu.

If you have any questions about transcripts, please contact our Transcript Evaluator, Angie Henderson, at 253.680.7046 or ahenderson@batestech.edu.

Once your transcripts have been evaluated, submit the results to VAbenefits@batestech.edu

Bates Technical College has the privilege of assisting veterans, military personnel, and their dependents to meet their educational goals.  We offer the following GI Bill® funding sources:

We also accept My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) funding (please see below for details).

For more detailed information, please refer to the VA Students Handbook.

All VA funds are a source of financial aid for veterans. Whereas, Tuition Assistance (TA) funds are a unique, distinct source of financial aid available to eligible Service members. Students can qualify for addition financial aid funding, however TA funds will be applied first to tuition and fees.

For VA eligible programs and estimated cost please view the Shopping List.

To apply for VA benefits, go to www.gibill.va.gov and click ‘Apply for Benefits.’

You will need to provide Bates’ VA Certifying Official with the following documentation:

  • Certificate of eligibility letter or Copy of your online VA application
  • DD214 member 4
  • Documentation of Establish College Placement (Details in Step 4 of Steps to Enrollment)
  • Results of Official College Transcript Evaluation – Prior college transcripts and Joint Service Transcripts must be submitted for evaluation.
    See Step Four of the Transfer Student webpage for instructions on submitting official transcripts.
    Please see CP6120-Award of Transfer Credit and CP6100-Award of Non-Traditional Credit.

Bates Technical College also recommends that all student apply for additional financial aid.


Staff Qualifications

  • Bates Tech Financial Aid staff participate in annual training through the Nation Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the Washington Financial Aid Association (WAFAA), Federal Student Aid (FSA) an office of the U.S. Department of Education, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and the Washington State Board of Community and Technical College (WSBCTC).
  • In addition, all VA Certifying officials participate in training through the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), the Department of Defense, the Work Force Training Board, Veteran Affairs, and the Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES).
  • Selected programs of study at Bates Tech are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.
  • 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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Tuition Assistance

TA Through ArmyIgnitED

  • All Fall 2023 TA students MUST submit their Fall ’23 TA Request in ArmyIgnitED no later than (NLT) 2000 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) 1 September 2023. If you plan on using the DoD TA program, please complete the GI Bill® Student Intake Form before you start your first quarter.
  • TA will only pay for the “Operating Fee.” All other fees are ineligible for TA coverage and must be covered by other means. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for more details.
  • All other course/program/student fees, books, and supplies will need to be paid by other means. Students are responsible for securing additional funding by the tuition due date to stay enrolled in their classes. Visit our Apply for Financial Aid page for more financial resources. See the College Calendar for important dates.
  • The Operating Fee does have a discount when students enroll for more credits. Bates Tech cannot invoice the Dept of Defense for more than the specified amounts in the Resident table on the Tuition and Fee Schedule, so the amount approved on your TA approval letter will usually be greater than your true coverage. For estimated total program costs, you can download the VA Shopping Sheet from the Bates Tech Veterans Affairs webpage.

My Career Advancement Account (MYCAA)

  • To request a MyCAA Education and Training Plan (ETP), please complete the GI Bill® Student Intake Form. Your ETP will be sent to you by email, to the address listed on your Intake Form.
  • Upload your ETP from your MyCAA account in one single document. Be sure to keep your scholarship application in one file. If you upload multiple files, it could prolong your application’s review time or it could cause your application to not be approved.
  • After your ETP is approved, you must submit your quarterly request from your MyCAA account between 60 to 15 days before the start of each quarter.

MyCAA Partial Coverage:

  • The MyCAA scholarship will only pay for the “Operating Fee.” All other fees are ineligible for MyCAA coverage and must be covered by other means.
  • Please see the Tuition and Fees page for more details.
  • MyCAA’s $2,000 per year and $4,000 total limits still apply.  
  • All other course/program/student fees, books, and supplies will need to be paid by other means.
  • Students are responsible for securing additional funding by the tuition due date to stay enrolled in their classes.
    Visit our Apply for Financial Aid page for more financial resources.

    See the College Calendar for important dates.
  • The Operating Fee does have a discount when students enroll for more credits. Bates Tech cannot invoice the Dept of Defense for more than the specified amounts in the Resident table on the Tuition and Fee Schedule, so the amount approved on your MyCAA approval letter will usually be greater than your true coverage. For estimated total program costs, you can download the VA Shopping Sheet from the Bates Veterans Affairs webpage.    
  • The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses for the pursuit or maintenance (including continuing education courses) of a license, certification, or associate’s degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field.

“If an eligible Service member decides to use Tuition Assistance (TA), educational institutions will enroll him or her only after the TA is approved by the individual’s Service.”

For additional information, visit the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship website.

Contact:

Stone Education Center
Address: 6242 Colorado Ave, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433
Phone: (253) 967-7174

McChord AFB Education Center

Address: 851 Lincoln Blvd SW, McChord AFB, WA 98438
Phone: (253) 982-9900

Call Military OneSource to speak to a Career Coach at 800-342-9647


Frequently Asked Questions

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program is open to spouses of active-duty service members, National Guard and reserve members under qualifying Title 10 orders in pay grades E-1 through E-5, W-1 through W-2 and O-1 through O-2. The authorization of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act allows military spouses to remain eligible for the financial assistance offered through the MyCAA Scholarship if their sponsor is promoted above the eligible ranks as long as the spouse has an approved Education and Training Plan in place.

  • Spouses of service members in the National Guard or reserve in the pay grades listed above.
  • Spouses who have completed high school or obtained a GED.
  • Spouses who have financial assistance documents approved before the active-duty service member’s date of separation or the active-duty service member’s release from Title 10 military orders.

 

After spouses have created an Education and Training Plan and received My Career Advancement Account Scholarship approval, they can request financial assistance on a course by-course basis no earlier than 60 days before and one day prior to the start of the course. Courses that have different start and end dates must be on separate financial assistance requests.

 

  • Spouses married to service members in pay grades E-6 and above, W-3 and above and O-3 and above, unless a spouse has an approved Education and Training Plan in place prior to their sponsor’s promotion above the eligible ranks.
  • Spouses who are a member of the armed forces currently on Title 10 orders.
  • Spouses who are married but legally separated, or under court order or statute of any state or U.S. territory, from a member of the armed forces on Title 10 orders.
  • Spouses whose National Guard or reserve military sponsor is in a warning orders/alert, post deployment/demobilization or transition status.
  • Spouses who are unable to apply for financial assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 orders or before the sponsor’s date of separation.

 

An Education and Training Plan must be completed by the school or institution. An ETP will provide a detailed summary of the courses a spouse must take to complete the program/degree. Spouses will load the document into their My Career Advancement Account for review. The SECO staff will review the plan to ensure it is completed correctly and supports the spouse’s career goals. The review process can take up to 14 business days. Spouses will NOT be able to apply for My Career Advancement Account financial assistance until the ETP has been approved.

Once approved, the ETP is locked and can only be edited by a SECO staff member. Spouses can only change their stated career goal once.

Coursework changes will require assistance from a SECO career coach if needed after the ETP is approved.

Spouses can only have a maximum of five Education and Training Plans over the three-year funding lifetime of their My Career Advancement Account Scholarship.

If incorrect information is provided, the spouse must call a SECO career coach at 800-342-9647 to see if an edit can be made to the document. Edited financial assistance documents must be resigned electronically by the spouse.

 


Additional Resources

  • For reasonable accommodations or other disability support services, please visit the Disability Support Services webpage.
  • Per DoD MOU, paragraph 4.e.(2)-(3), “DoD personnel are entitled to consideration for all forms of financial aid that educational institutions make available to students at their home campus. Educational institution financial aid officers will provide information and application processes for Title IV student aid programs, scholarships, fellowships, grants, loans, etc., to DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) recipients… [and that] Service members identified as eligible DoD TA recipients… will have their TA benefits applied to their educational institution’s account before the application of their Pell Grant funds to their account.”
  • For additional financial resources, please visit Bates’ Pay for College webpage, or contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@batestech.edu, 253.680.7020.
  • For reasonable accommodations or other disability support services, please visit the Disability Support Services webpage.

Policies

Bates Technical College refrains from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

For more information, you can download Bates’ full policies using the following links;


ArmyIgnitED 

ArmyIgnitED is still in the development stages but should be operational shortly.


Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Part 1. Policy Statement: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Bates Technical College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Bates Technical College will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion in compliance with the DOD policy.

Part 2. Rational or Purpose: This policy serves to fully inform students receiving military tuition assistance (TA) of the required actions the College must take to comply with the DOD Memorandum of Understanding Return Policy for Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds rules and align with the return of unearned student aid rules applicable to the Federal Student Aid as required under section 484B of the Department of Education Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Part 3. Scope: This policy applies to all students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Part 4. Definitions: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its member. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. This policy only applies to this type of educational benefit. The TA program is a benefit that is available only while the student is in the service. This policy does not apply to Veterans or Veterans benefits.

Part 5. Procedures: To remain in compliance with the Department of Defense’s policy, Bates Technical College will return any unearned TA funds through at least 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. The amount of unearned TA that is returned is based on the date of withdrawal from the course. After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD. As an institution, the DOD will be billed after 60% of the semester has passed to reduce the amount of incorrect TA funds being disbursed by the DOD to Bates Technical College. We will only bill for the amount the student earned given their enrollment.

Schedule for returning unearned TA: Bold type identifies the 60% complete point

10-week Course Withdraw submitted
Before or during weeks 1-2 100% return
During weeks 3-4 75% return
During weeks 5-6 50% return
During weeks 7-8 40% return (60% of course is completed)
During weeks 9-10 0% return

For courses that have durations differing from those listed above: Unearned TA funds will be returned on a prorated basis, depending on the length of the course. To determine the amount of TA that needs to be returned, the institution will determine the date the withdrawal was submitted, and then divide that by the number of days in the term to determine the percentage of TA that was earned by the student.


*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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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