Veteran's Outreach

Veterans & Military Active Duty

Veteran's Outreach

Veterans & Military Active Duty

Veteran's Outreach

Veterans & Military Active Duty

Returning Student Registration starts Feb. 6

New Student Registration starts Feb. 27

Spring Quarter 2018 Begins April 3

Welcome Veterans!

Thank you for your service! This website will provide basic information needed to access and use your VA Educational Benefits. The SVC Veterans Education Office stands ready to provide outstanding customer service to you as you embark along the path toward achieving your educational goals at Skagit Valley College!

Our offices are located in the Counseling and Advising Center on the Mount Vernon campus and in Oak Hall on the Whidbey Island campus and we are open weekdays to assist you.

Skagit Valley College has voluntarily agreed to adopt the procedures set out in Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members and will provide a Financial Aid Shopping Sheet that describes the educational costs and financial aid available to help those students meet those costs.

Interested students can find the information contained in the Shopping Sheet by using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool located at the VA website located here: Shopping Sheet

Residency for Military and Veteran Students
If you are active duty military, stationed in Washington, you and your dependents qualify as residents for tuition purposes. You must provide documentation such as transfer orders or other appropriate documents at the time you apply for admission.

 

If you are a veteran, you may also qualify as a resident for tuition purposes if you meet the requirements as a “covered individual” as defined in the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) that went into effect on July 1, 2015. The Choice Act requires states to charge in-state tuition and fees to “covered individuals.”

A “covered individual” is defined in the Choice Act as:

  • A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

A covered individual remains covered as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. (Does not include breaks between quarters or summer quarter.)

Credit for Prior Learning & Military Training

Veteran students are required to provide official transcripts from any previous colleges attended as well as having an official copy of their Joint Services Transcript (JST) sent to SVC so we can evaluate their experience and training to determine what, if any, credits can be awarded.  You can contact your previous college to obtain a transcript and you can download a copy of your JST at https://jst.doded.mil/. Students may also check with the Veterans Education Coordinator for more information about credits for military service or about obtaining advance standing for prior learning or experience.

Minimum Requirements for All Students Receiving VA Educational Benefits

Veterans must declare a program of study or degree objective – this is your Education Plan. The VA will only pay for classes that are required toward your degree or VA-approved program of study. If you are not sure, ask at the Veterans Education Office.

Veterans must complete the course work paid for. A Grade of ‘W’ (or other non-punitive grade) will result in overpayment, which means some or all the benefits received from VA may have to be repaid.

Veterans must notify SVC Veteran’s Office when: changing classes (adding or dropping), withdrawing from SVC, or when you stop attending classes or when you receive any communication from the VA that is unclear to you. Additionally, educational benefits may be terminated for unsatisfactory academic progress or student conduct. Good communication is KEY! Let us know if anything changes with regard to your classes, education plan or benefit status.

NOTE: Certifying Your Benefits is Not Automatic! You must contact the SVC Veterans Education Office after you have registered for classes to let them know you plan to use your VA benefit before they can certify you. When we “certify” your classes, we are telling the VA:

  • The number of credits you have registered for.
  • That your courses are approved as part of your Education Plan.
  • The amount you are being charged for Tuition & Fees.
For Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) Students

This is when we tell the VA how much they are to pay the school for your tuition and fees. It also starts your textbook payment and Housing Allowance.

NOTE: If you don’t come in and allow us to certify your classes before the date when payment is due to SVC, you may be automatically dropped from classes you have previously registered for. If in doubt, call or visit us.

For Students Using All Other GI Bill Chapters

Please visit the Veterans Education Office.

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