The Registrar/Director of Veterans Affairs at Halifax
Community College serves to help assimilate the veteran into
the campus community and its environment.
The office provides a myriad of services all designed to
assist the veteran in the pursuit of his/her educational
Assistance first begins by helping the veteran select a
program of study which is suitable to his/her aptitudes,
interests, and abilities. Veterans who do not possess a high
school diploma must obtain a G.E.D. (General Education
Development) before they are eligible to receive veteran's
Once a program has been selected and the veteran has been
accepted by the school, the veteran is assisted in completing
paper work in order to be certified by the Department of
Veterans Affairs. Prior to being certified, official
transcripts from high school and all post secondary training
attempted must be submitted and evaluated in order that credit
for previous training may be granted where appropriate.
Veterans cannot receive financial assistance for a course (s)
for which they have previously received credit.
Veterans are responsible for obtaining GED scores from defense
agencies (DANTES form); a certified copy of DD 214 (Report of
Discharge), and any other relevant military paperwork.
After completing the original application and providing
supporting documents, the veteran must be certified by this
office. This certification must show complete identifying
information, file number, curriculum, previous credit allowed,
enrollment period, clock/credit hour breakdown, and additional
information as needed.
Veterans who are experiencing academic difficulties in
degree/diploma programs are advised to request tutorial
assistance, which is provided free of charge. Veterans whose
average falls below HCC's standard for satisfactory progress
are placed on probation. Veterans who fail to make
satisfactory progress are terminated for pay purposes.
This office makes referrals to local and state organizations
such as the Employment Security Commission, VA County Service
Officer, Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Social
Services, and Health Department when possible to accommodate
special needs of our veterans.
Satisfactory Progress Policy for Veterans
The Veterans Administration regulations require that veterans
must maintain “satisfactory progress” in order to continue
receiving their educational benefits. The following is a
detailed description of the school's policy concerning
All students are required to have a minimum average of 2.0
When a veteran fails to maintain satisfactory progress, the
veteran will be placed on academic probation for the
following semester of enrollment.
At the end of a consecutive two-semester probationary period,
veterans who do not have the required cumulative grade point
average, counting all subjects undertaken from the original
enrollment, will have their benefits terminated for
unsatisfactory progress. Veterans who have their benefits
terminated for unsatisfactory progress must raise their
average to the minimum required before being recertified for
Veterans Administration Educational Benefits
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB, also known as
Chapter 30) provides up to 36 months of education benefits.
This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs.
Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved
under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable
for 10 years following your release from active duty.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR - also
known as Chapter 1606). The MGIB-SR program may be available
to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The
Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air
Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve,
and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This
benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs.
Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved
under certain circumstances.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP also known as
Chapter 32). VEAP is available if you first entered active
duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected
to make contributions from your military pay to participate in
this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched
on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be
used for degree or certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency,
and refresher courses may be approved under certain
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
Programs (DEA also known as Chapter 35). DEA provides
education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of
veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a
service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or
as a result of a service related condition. The program offers
up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be
used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial,
deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under
Chapter 34/30 (Old GI Bill) provides assistance for
veterans who have been on active duty since before 1/1/77.
(See chapter 30 above)
Chapter 31 (VA/VOC Rehab.) provides assistance for
Veterans with a minimum 10% service connected disability. See
the County Veterans Service Office to apply; then, follow up
with HCC's Register/Director of Veterans Affairs.
New education benefit for Activated Reservists -- H.R.
4200 authorizing the creation of a new education benefit was
signed into law on October 28, 2004. The new benefit also
known as (Chapter 1607) makes certain individuals who were
activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for
education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. The
Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and VA are working on an implementation plan for this
new benefit and at this time we are unable to provide more
than general information about chapter 1607. See HCC's
Register/Director of Veterans Affairs for more information.
Veterans Telecourse & Distance Learning Policy
All VA students receiving educational benefits from the
Department of Veterans Affairs will meet the following
criteria before enrolling in this type of course:
The veteran must first meet with their curriculum
department advisor before registration so that proper
information and procedures can be discussed.
A telecourse may be conducted through (1) regularly
scheduled TV transmission/cable PBS education programming
and/or (2) by video cassette of the PBS transmissions. Other
distance learning includes online, blended, hybrid, and
The veteran must have completed any needed
remedial/pre-requisite work as determined by the College.
The telecourse must be an integral part of the
veteran's current program.
Veterans taking a telecourse may need to buy a workbook
not required for a traditional classroom section.
Veterans enrolled in a course will be evaluated by the
assigned faculty in accordance with established grading
policies. Veterans will be required to maintain satisfactory
progress and to maintain regular contact with the instructor.