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 VA Benefits Page.
If a student wishes to use education benefits at Western Nevada College, he or she must complete the following steps:
- Complete the application for VA education benefits. This application can be completed through E-Benefits or VONAPP. 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.
- Complete the application for admissions at Western Nevada College.
- 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.
- Complete the Veterans Data E-Form. This form must be completed each semester in order to receive VA education benefits.
- 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.
- 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.
- Attend the Veterans New Student Orientation or view the information online using lecture capture technology.
Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to maintain Veteran Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at Western Nevada College, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. If a student fails to meet this standard, they will be placed on Academic Probation and VA education benefits may be suspended.
SAP Appeal Process
WNC VA SAP Appeal Process
Students wishing to continue using VA education benefits at WNC while on Academic Probation, must meet with an Academic Counselor and file a VA SAP Appeal E-Form. If a student’s appeal is approved, the school will resume the normal certification process for the student. If the appeal is denied students may continue to take classes at WNC at their own expense. Once they reach a 2.0 cumulative GPA on their own, they will again qualify for VA Education Benefits. If the appeal is denied or not filed, the previous semester of education benefits will be terminated. This may result in a debt for the student to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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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.