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Information concerning veterans’ educational programs and benefits may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records. Veterans must first apply for Veterans Education Benefits at www.gibill.va.gov then contact Debbie Barrett, VHCC Veterans’ Officer, located in the Admissions Office. It is the responsibility of students eligible for Veterans Administration benefits to secure the necessary forms from this office. Assistance in completing and submitting these forms is also provided. Veterans may request a military transcript at https://jst.doded.mil and http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf.
If you have questions regarding your qualifications of veteran’s benefits or to explore your options, please call the Veterans Administration toll-free number at 888-442-4551 (1-888-GIbill1) or visit the website www.gibill.va.gov.
All academic policies as included in this catalog apply equally to all students at Virginia Highlands. However, there are a few guidelines specifically applicable to the administration of veterans certified for benefits through the Veterans Administration.
1. Veterans Affairs Office will consult with veterans who fail to attend classes regularly.
2. Veterans Affairs Office will report to the Veterans Administration as soon as possible any change in the status of veterans, whether that be a change of curriculum, reduction or increase in course-load or withdrawal.
3. Veterans Administration will de-obligate benefits of veterans placed on suspension or dismissal.
4. Veterans who fail to maintain good academic standing must be counseled by a Counselor at the College prior to Veterans’ benefits being reinstated.
5. Virginia Highlands Community College grading policies will be used to determine whether veterans are maintaining satisfactory progress. According to College and the Veterans Administration policies, students must make satisfactory academic progress. If suspended or dismissed, students must appeal to the Director of Admissions and meet with the Admissions committee. Students who have been reinstated must achieve a 2.0 GPA for the semester of their reinstatement. At the conclusion of this semester, enrollment for successful students receiving veterans educational benefits will be certified.
6. The physical education requirements for the degree, diploma and certificate programs may be waived for veterans (please see Veterans Officer), and the College may substitute other credits to satisfy the total credit requirements of the veteran’s curriculum.
Additional information and forms are available on the VHCC website at www.vhcc.edu >Future Students>Military Students >Veterans’ Benefits.
Student Veterans Association
This organization is to serve as a collective voice for all veterans and military enrolled at VHCC, to be a source of open communication that will connect veterans with each other in a way that promotes camaraderie, and to provide support for student veterans and their families as they pursue their post military career through education. Membership is open to all interested students, faculty and staff.
VHCC has reserved “Veterans Parking.” Contact the Veterans Officer located in the Admissions Office in room ISC 133 for a parking pass.
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