Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty Members and Their Eligible Spouses & Dependents

BCC is committed to assisting our military families access their educational benefits while reaching their educational goals.


How We Can Help

  • Apply to BCC — Prospective and returning students must fill out an application to the college either in person or online.
  • Apply for Benefits — For students eligible for military benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, can apply online.
  • Tuition Waivers — Veterans who are Massachusetts residents may be eligible for a Categorical Tuition Waiver should apply through the Registrar's Office. For more information visit Massachusetts Education Benefits & Scholarships for Veterans.
  • Massachusetts National Guard Reimbursement — Current National Guard members can fill out their tuition and fee reimbursement form.
  • Military Scholarships — Students may be eligible for aid from other sources. For more information, visit Locating Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Military Students.
  • Transferring Credits/Military Experience — Students may be able to receive BCC credit for prior college courses, experience or training during active duty and should submit documentation for evaluation to the Admissions Office. For specific guidance regarding transfer credit, contact Peg Cookson, Student Success Advisor & Transfer Evaluator, in the Academic Advising Center at 413-236-1625.
  • BCC's VALOR Act Academic Credit Policy — In accordance with the VALOR ACT, BCC evaluates academic credit earned for military training, experience or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities. BCC reviews military transcripts (e.g. SMART, and AARTS), college transcripts, as well as CLEP and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, for potential transfer of credit to the student's intended program of study. Credit for Military experience (DD214), as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) shall also be granted where applicable. Every effort will be made to recognize and award academic achievement consistent with the College's general transfer-in policies.

“Massachusetts is number one in services for veterans, active military and their families, and I am proud to live in a state that not only recognizes the responsibility to give back, but wants to give back. The Valor Act sets an example for the nation in recognizing our veterans and service members and making sure they and their families continue to have proper benefits and the right opportunities for employment and education.” 
— Senate President Therese Murray


The BCC Student Veterans Alliance was formed to help veterans and their family members access more than 200 state and federal benefits in one location and provides access to programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services.


RESOURCES for Veterans

Veterans Benefits
Marsha Burniske, Registrar's Office 

Veterans Services
John Herrera, 
Admissions Office 

Advisor to Student Veterans Alliance (SVA)
Beth Wallace,
 Office of Student Life 

Coordinator of Student Success
Peg Cookson,
 Academic Advising Office 

Online Resources