Military – VA Educational Benefits

Thank you for inquiring about using your Military benefits at FCTC. We are honored that you are considering our school for your education!

Active or retired members of our military can access the necessary forms online. Go to: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

Please remember to print a copy to bring to our office! You will need to provide us with a printed copy of your online/vonapp form & a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4). You can complete paper forms in our office, but be advised that paper forms take significantly longer for the VA Office to process.

ALL VA APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS

The Veterans’ Assistance Office requires each school to evaluate prior training & education transcripts to determine if credit can be awarded for previous classes and/or experience. Veterans are required to provide transcripts from all schools attended, including military training. Students have a maximum of 12 weeks to submit transcripts to the Financial Aid Office. If you do not submit your transcripts, FCTC cannot certify your VA benefits & enrollment.

The program instructor will evaluate the VA student’s previous training and/or experience. Should credit(s) be accepted and/or granted, the VA student’s tuition and training time will be reduced proportionally. The student will receive notice of credit(s) allowed.

VERIFYING YOUR ENROLLMENT

It is the responsibility of the VA student to verify his or her enrollment each month. Starting with the last day of the month, students may verify their enrollment for that month by calling 877.823.2378. Or, students can go to:  http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify_attendance/  *Chapter 33/Post 9/11 Veterans are not required to verify their attendance. .

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Standard of Attendance

  • Veterans must maintain 80% attendance each calendar month. If the Veteran does not maintain 80% attendance each calendar month, the VA will be notified and, at the discretion of the VA, monthly benefits may be terminated for the upcoming month.
  • An attendance detail will be pulled at the end of each month to ensure that the Veteran is meeting the Veterans Satisfactory Attendance Policy. In order for the monthly Veteran Benefits to be re-certified, the Veteran must maintain 80% attendance for one (1) month. At the end of the month, if in compliance, the Veteran can be re-certified.  Attendance information is provided by the instructor at the end of each month.
  • Veteran benefits will be terminated by the VA if a student withdraws or is administratively withdrawn.  Students who are absent in excess of 20% in a single calendar month may submit an appeal to the school certifying official for review and a possible one (1) month probation to avoid termination of benefits by the VA. Only one (1) appeal per semester is allowed.

Standard of Progress

  • VA students must maintain a 2.0 or better Grade Point Average in order to maintain benefits.
  • Each VA student is expected to complete the program within the number of training hours (clock hours) approved by the Bureau of State Approving Agency for Veterans Training, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The student must maintain a minimum grade point average of not less than 2.0 GPA (C) each grading period. In addition, the student must meet any skill or technical requirements of his or her particular program.
  • A VA student who has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress (2.0 GPA or better) at the end of any grading period will be placed on academic probation for the next grading period. If the student does not attain or maintain satisfactory progress at the end of the probationary period (semester), the student’s VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.
  • A VA student whose educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after 90 school days have elapsed.

OTHER SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE

FCTC encourages veterans to pursue additional sources of aid. Please explore other areas of the financial aid section of our website to find guidance on seeking supplemental funds.

For more information regarding Veteran’s Benefits in Florida: http://www.floridavets.org/

For more information regarding Veteran’s Education Benefits: www.gibill.va.gov

 

First Coast Technical College appreciates the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces & their families. At FCTC, we commit to providing excellent service to our Veterans.

On April27, 2012, the President signed Executive Order 13607- Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members. These principles were developed to strengthen consumer protection for our Service members, Veterans, and their families, as well as ensure they have access to the information they need to make informed decisions concerning the use of their well-earned educational benefits.The Executive Order may be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-02/pdf/2012-10715.pdf.

As an institution approved for VA educational benefits, FCTC is strongly committed to the Principles of Excellence, thus publicly recognizing the importance of transparency and providing students with appropriate information. Student Services will provide academic support & counseling to Veterans. Financial Aid will assist Veterans in applying for other types of aid. With help from the capable FCTC team, Veterans will be able to make informed decisions regarding their education, which will position them for success in the workforce.