Veteran Students

Welcome home, soldier, and thank you for your courage and dedicated service to our country.

Education is one of the many benefits of serving in the Armed Forces. As a veteran you may be eligible for any or all of the following:

  • Military Tuition Assistance
  • The GI Bill®
  • Scholarships
  • State Tuition Assistance, Fee Reductions, or Waivers
  • Federal Loans and Grants - Federal Student Aid

At Naugatuck Valley Community College, we'll help pair you with the skills you need to take part in Connecticut’s economy.

Our friendly atmosphere and flexible programs provide an opportunity to find and pursue rewarding areas of study in over 100 degree and certificate programs. You can choose to complete an associates degree, pursue a certificate or earn credits that may be transferred to UConn, the Connecticut State Universities, and other fine colleges and universities in our area.

The Veterans Oasis is a dedicated room in S411 of Joseph V. Cistulli Student Center where veterans can meet, study, network and share experiences.

In February of 2010, the room was remodeled thanks to the following donations:

Debbie and Michael Albert of Pilgrim Furniture City donated living and dining room pieces, artwork and accessories. They also assisted with the design of the room.

Wal-Mart of Naugatuck and Wal-Mart of Waterbury partnered to donate a 55” flat screen television.

Doug DuPont, owner of Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors donated a new countertop and sink.

Veterans Carl Michaud and George Schnyer of Northwest Carpentry of Litchfield donated their time and labor to install the countertop and sink.

Ken and Sue Petruzzi of Naugatuck Window and Glass donated time and labor for the repair of a glass display cabinet, which is currently displays veterans’ memorabilia.

The Mercury Group provided network wiring and installation.

The Cheshire Women's Club provided much needed financial assistance to help alleviate overall cost.

As a veteran, you may be eligible to receive the following benefits from our College:

Veteran’s Tuition Waiver

You need to provide a CT driver’s license and a Member 4 copy of the DD-214 to OVA. The tuition waiver is available for fall and spring semesters credit courses only. You will be responsible for payment of college fees at the time of registration as well as all book charges.

National Guard Tuition Waiver

You must first apply to the Commanding Officers at your unit, who will issue a Certificate of Eligibility to the College. You will be responsible for payment of college fees at the time of registration as well as all book charges. Guard waivers are available for fall and spring credit courses only.

GI Bill® — GI Enrollment Verification Form

As a veteran who has served at least 90 days of active duty (not including boot camp) and been honorably discharged, you are eligible for the GI Bill®. Applications are available in OVA or you may apply online at Once the application has been processed by the VA, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility to submit to the OVA.

Requesting Military Transcripts

Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel may request transcripts through the Joint Services Transcript system. For Air Force personnel, transcripts are handled through the Community College of the Air Force.

Vocational Rehab

Benefits are available to veterans with documented disabilities. Please contact a counselor at:

Department of Veteran's Affairs
Hartford Regional Office
555 Willard Avenue
Newington, CT 06111

Additional resources are available at the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs website.


Johanis Ayala
Financial Aid Assistant/Veterans’ Affairs
Room K512

Debbie DiCicco, M.S.
Financial Aid Assistant/Veterans’ Affairs
Room K512

Visit Us
Visit us in Kinney Hall, Room K513, to learn more about veteran benefits and for guidance in dealing with the Veterans Administration.