The College makes every effort to assist active-duty military personnel and veterans in their academic pursuits. Many of Germanna programs of study are approved by the state department of education for the payment of Veteran's educational benefits. Application forms and assistance with benefits are available in the Admissions and Records Office at either campus. Questions regarding eligibility for education benefits or VA policies and procedures may also be directed to: Department of Veteran Affairs, P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616. Telephone: 1-888-442-4551. Web site: www.gibill.va.gov
Students using their benefits for the first time must complete the Application for Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) and provide an original certified copy of their discharge papers (DD-214). Students who believe they are eligible for dependents' educational benefits should complete an Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490). Veterans who have used their benefits at another school must complete a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995). All applications can be completed on line on the GI-Bill web site: www.gibill.va.gov
When receiving veteran's benefits, a student must report any enrollment changes promptly to the Veteran Affairs Education Office. Status changes include change of curriculum, reduction/increase in course load, withdrawal, suspension, dismissal, etc.
Note: Enrollment changes may adjust a student's entitlement to benefits.
Educational benefits will not be given for audited courses or courses from which the eligible student withdraws, is administratively withdrawn, or receives a final grade of "W," unless the VA finds mitigating circumstances involved in the withdrawal. Also, educational benefits are only available for courses required in the eligible students' curriculum or those developmental courses required in preparation for meeting curricular requirements.
The Veterans Administration requires that students receiving veteran's benefits maintain satisfactory academic progress. The College is required to submit to the VA an unsatisfactory progress notification for any student. Students must maintain satisfactory progress in order to receive any Veteran tuition funding. Satisfactory academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each term. Students must earn a grade of A, B, C, D, or S in at least 67% of all credits attempted on a cumulative basis. Grades of F, I, U, W and X are not considered satisfactory grades. Students who have attempted 1-19 credits must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.75. Students who have attempted more than 19 credits must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
In addition to regular monthly benefits, the VA will also pay for tuition assistance for qualified students.
Eligible students may qualify for the Veterans' Work-Study Program if they are enrolled at a three-quarter time rate of attendance. For further information, eligible students may contact the Veteran Affairs Education Office.