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Staff Listing

Knight Campus
Ground Floor, Room 0050
Tel: 401 825-2003

Flanagan Campus
1st Floor, South Entrance
Tel: 401 825-2003

Liston Campus
Room 1150
Tel: 401 825-2003

Newport County Campus
Room 150
Tel: 401 825-2003

E-Mail for Enrollment Services:


Veterans Education Assistance

Fall 2010 - VetSuccess
CCRI was chosen by the VA to participate as one of eight schools nationwide for the VetSuccess on Campus pilot program. The program is to provide outreach, support and assistance with all VA benefits. Ms. Micaela Black Estrella, the VetSuccess On-campus Coordinator, can be reached at (401) 648-1597 or via email at: Click here for more information.

CCRI Certification of Benefits
Certification of benefits is provided by the veterans certifying officials in the Office of Enrollment Services at CCRI. The certifying officials are the liaisons between CCRI and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and help students through the process of applying for VA educational benefits.

Service members/veterans, who qualify for one of the following eligibility statuses as described below, should select the Veterans Affairs (VA) Certification and CCRI Enrollment Steps link. The information is designed to assist students in completing the necessary steps to receive VA Educational Benefits.

Eligibility Status

General Information

Advance pay - CCRI does not participate in advance pay. Students are responsible for their tuition and fees; however, CCRI encourages students to enroll in the deferred payment program (Tuition Management Systems). For additional information, visit the Bursar’s Office website at

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill Only - The VA will send tuition and fee payment directly to the college based on percentage approved by the VA. Students are responsible for any unpaid balance.

Waivers - The following Waivers and Tuition Assistance Programs are handled through the Bursar’s Office:

  • Disabled Veterans Waiver
  • STAP - State Tuition Assistance Program
  • STEP - State Tuition Exemption Program

Declaring a major (program of study) - Students are allowed to enroll in courses for two semesters without declaring a major (program of study). Once accepted to a program of study, courses taken must fulfill the requirements for that program, which may include pre-requisite courses. Courses not required for the program and courses that are repeated by choice that have received a passing grade will not be included as part of the certification; therefore, will not be reimbursed by the VA.

Military or Prior Learning Experiential credits - for information about military or prior learning experiential credits, visit or contact Peter Woodberry, Dean of Business, Science and Technology at (401) 825-2147.

Academic Support - A wide variety of support services are available to assist students with academic related matters:

Information Sessions - CCRI holds Admissions Information Sessions for new and current (non-degree) students to introduce them to what CCRI has to offer. To find an available Admissions Information Session, please use the Available Courses link available in the Quick Links section of the CCRI Home Page, or by clicking here. Use the SEARCH by subject, day, time and site link, select a term and select Admissions Information Session using the Subject: listing.

Helpful VA links & Telephone Numbers

  • To apply for VA benefits online:
  • To verify your monthly enrollment to the VA:
  • (888) 442-4551 VA related problems (enter “1” for touchtone and then enter “0” to reach a counselor)
  • (800) 829-4833 TDD number for hearing impaired
  • (401) 223-3605 RI Vocational Rehabilitation Division
  • (716) 857-3148 Program Assistant for answering questions about VACERT and VA-ONCE


New education benefit - Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

Who is eligible for Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

When is Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill effective?

The Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 GI Bill goes into effect on August 1, 2009.

Is the Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferrable to a veteran’s spouse or dependents?

Veterans should follow up with their VA educational officer for information on potential transferability.

What is the main website for the VA?

Student Veterans Club

The Students Veterans Club provides a network of support for military veterans, their families and supporters. Secondly, the club educates the college community about the experiences of military veterans and works with the college administration to meet the needs of current and prospective student veterans.

For details about the Veterans Club contact:

Christopher Ratcliffe, Club Advisor
Knight Campus -

Anthony Paolino, President
Student Veterans Organization
KN Campus -

CCRI VA Contact Information

Students interested in more information about enrollment certification should contact the Office of Enrollment Services via e-mail at or by calling (401) 825-2003.


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