The determination of eligibility for veteran educational benefits rests with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans Certifying Official helps veterans and other eligible students to access their benefits by certifying their enrollment each semester.
Education Benefit Programs
- Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)
- Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
- Post-9/11 GI-Bill® (Chapter 33)
- Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
- Montgomery GI Bill® for Select Reserve (Chapter 1606)
- Reserve Education Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
For a detailed explanation of each of the programs, go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
If a student wishes to use education benefits at Western Nevada College, he or she must complete the following steps.
- 1. Complete the application for VA education benefits. This application can be completed through E-Benefits or VONAPP. (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage or http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp) After completing the appropriate applications, a Certificate of Eligibility will be generated for the student. This certificate will come from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- 2. Complete the application for admissions at Western Nevada College.
- 3. Have all transcripts from previous colleges and universities evaluated, including military transcripts. It is the student’s responsibility to have transcripts sent to WNC. If a student does not have this done by the start of their second semester, they will not be certified again until all transcripts have been evaluated.
- 4. Complete the Veterans Data E-Form. This form is located at: http://www.wnc.edu/studentservices/financial/forms/ This form must be completed each semester in order to receive VA education benefits.
- 5. Meet with a counselor. They are available to help students complete the Veterans Data E-form. Counselors can also assist students in choosing degree programs, class schedules, and providing career counseling.
- 6. Meet with the Veterans Resource Coordinator and the Veterans Pre-Admission Advisor at the Veterans Resource Center on the Carson City campus of Western Nevada College. If a student cannot travel to the main campus, a phone conference will meet this standard.
- 7. Attend the Veterans New Student Orientation or view the information online using lecture capture technology.
Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at Western Nevada College, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (C). Students who fail to meet this standard will be placed on academic probation, and VA education benefits will be suspended. In order for a student using VA education benefits to be removed from Academic Probation, individuals must meet with a counselor, and file an appeal with the Veterans Certifying Official. If a student’s appeal is approved, he/she will be able to continue using education benefits as normal. If the appeal is denied or not filed, the prior semester of education benefits will be terminated. This may result in a debt for the student to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students who need to file an appeal will have 30 days from the last day of the last semester attended. It is also important for students to understand that if they are terminated for SAP they will not be able to use their education benefits at other institutions.
The Veterans Resource Center
The Veterans Resource Center lives by its motto "Veterans Helping Veterans" and is home to many beneficial Veteran programs. They include VA benefit counseling, tutoring, academic advising, peer-to-peer mentorship and more.