Veteran Services

Sussex County Community College began the Change of Mission program to help veterans transition from military service to a college setting. SCCC has educated US Armed Forces personnel since opening in 1982. We are deeply committed to providing veterans with quality assistance and guidance throughout your academic career.

If you are a veteran, dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran, or active duty military member, you may be eligible to receive monthly educational assistance from the Veterans Administration while enrolled at SCCC. In addition to assistance with GI benefits, we take pride in providing special personalized attention for all veterans and their families.

Be sure to take advantage of all that SCCC has to offer.

  • We have a dedicated staff member who works personally with veterans to help you navigate the paperwork and maximize VA benefits. The Veterans Services Coordinator understands the unique challenges of veteran students.  Contact Jon Finocchiaro at 973-300-2109 or for more information.
  • Our Student Advising and Counseling Center is here to serve all SCCC students. The Center provides a range of services from academic advising to free personal counseling.
  • A special Foundations for Success course (COLL101) just for veterans. We know that transitioning from military service to student life can be challenging. This class will address the unique academic, financial, physical and social needs of veterans transitioning to college.
  • Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping all students take advantage of resources that may be available. We encourage all veterans as well as the dependents of deceased or disabled veterans to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at In most cases, in addition to veteran benefits, veterans are also eligible for federal student aid – federal Pell grant and Direct Student loan.
  • From Disability Assistance to FREE tutoring, SCCC provides academic support.
Principles of Excellence:

President Obama signed Executive Order 13607: Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members on April 27, 2012. These principles were developed to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability of education programs, and to ensure our service members, veterans, and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their well-earned educational benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a letter to college and university presidents on May 31, 2012 asking them to publicly commit to providing this information to veterans and their families.  Officials from both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education will be working to develop a standardized format for schools to use to provide this information.