We are proud to have you at Holyoke Community College (HCC) and greatly appreciate your service to our nation. We know that balancing college life with your many military, career, family and personal responsibilities can be very challenging. HCC would like to facilitate your success by providing the support, resources and information that meet your unique needs.
Notice: To ensure that our recently discharged Veterans and their eligible family members will not have to bear the cost of out-of-state charges while using their Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, HCC will be fully compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 by July 1, 2015.
Applying to HCC
All prospective students must fill out an HCC application, which can be filed online. You can begin the online filing process by going to "Getting Started."
Applying for Benefits
New students at HCC who have not used any VA educational assistance programs should begin the process by applying for education benefits online using the VA VON-APP system.
Reservists who have not used any of their Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Educational Assistance (Chapter 1606) benefits will need the original DD Form 2384-1: Notice of Basic Eligibility from their Reserve Unit (PDF).
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen can request a state tuition and fee waiver by logging on to http://mro.chs.state.ma.us/tuition/
Dependents who have not received Dependents' Educational Assistance Benefits Chapter 35, will need to apply using VA Form 22-5490 or provide a previously issued Certificate of Eligibility.
Transfer students who have received VA educational assistance benefits at other institutions of higher education only need to complete a VA 22-1995 Change in Place of Training Form.
Continuing students can be certified for benefits each semester as soon as they have registered and have notified the Certifying Official.
Disabled veterans are eligible for considerable financial help when they apply for Vocational Rehabilitation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. You must have a VA certified disability rating of at least 20 percent. You will receive authorization directly from the VA.