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Veterans

Welcome Veterans, Reservists, Active Duty Members and their eligible Spouses and Dependents.

BCC is committed to assisting our military families access their educational benefits while reaching their educational goals. Here are some guidelines for 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, www.ma.gov/veterans.
  • Massachusetts National Guard Reimbursement - Current National Guard members can fill out their tuition and fee reimbursement form, click here
  • Military Scholarships - Students may be eligible for aid from other sources. For more information, click here.
  • 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.  
  • 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.

For specific guidance regarding transfer credit, contact Peg Cookson, Student Success Advisor & Transfer Evaluator, in the Academic Advising Center at 413-236-1625.

  ……“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

BCC Resources
Veterans Benefits:
Marsha Burniske, Registrar's Office

mburnisk@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-2133

Veterans Services:
John Herrera

Admissions Office
jherrera@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1634  

Advisor to SVA:
Beth Wallace

Office of Student Life
bwallace@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1662

Coordinator of Student Success:
Peg Cookson

Academic Advising Office
mcookson@berkshirecc.edu
413-236-1625      

Website Resources:
BCC Student Veterans Alliance
Mass Vets Advisor

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.