The Veterans Affairs (VA) office assists students who are eligible for veterans educational benefits, including veterans, active-duty personnel, and members of selected reserves and the National Guard.
To be eligible for educational benefits, students must be admitted to a curriculum program and have high school and all college transcripts on file at Durham Tech.
Before paying tuition and fees each semester, students must first have their class schedules approved by their academic advisors and then by staff in the VA office. Students should request two copies of the registration form from the Business Office and take a copy to the VA office for certification use.
Students who are “visiting” from their home college and who may be eligible for VA benefits must contact the Durham Tech Veterans Affairs office to provide appropriate documentation.
The Veterans Handbook, available in the VA office, provides detailed information on college procedures and educational benefits.
VA Affairs Work-Study
Students using VA educational benefits and attending college at a 3/4-time rate or more may apply for part-time employment under VA Work-study. Work-study pays minimum federal wage and is limited to positions available. Please contact the VA office about this benefit.
Standards of Academic Progress, Attendance, and Conduct for Students Receiving Veterans Educational Benefits
Public Law 95-908 (the GI Bill) requires that each educational institution approved for veterans to receive educational benefits must establish written
policies that clearly state what is expected of a veteran in the areas of academic progress, class attendance, and conduct.
Veterans whose benefits are terminated for unsatisfactory progress, lack of attendance, or misconduct must receive counseling before they can be recertified for educational benefits. The required counseling sessions may delay reinstatement of benefits from two to four months.
Standards of Academic Progress for Veterans
Students receiving Veterans Education Benefits are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress towards their degree, which is defined as a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Progress evaluations are made and the end of each term. The following standards of academic progress are reviewed each semester for all students receiving veterans educational benefits:
- Satisfactory – Student is currently maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and is eligible for certification of benefits.
- Probation – Cumulative GPA is below 2.0. Students must report immediately to the VA office for counseling referral to be eligible for further certification of benefits. Probation status will be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Suspension – Cumulative GPA is below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters. Veterans are not eligible for certification of benefits for the next enrolled semester or until cumulative GPA is above 2.0; however, students may continue in college at their own expense.
- Reinstatement – After one semester without certification of benefits, students may request reinstatement of benefits for the next term of enrollment. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA for reinstatement.
Attendance Requirements for Veterans
All students are expected to pursue good faith attendance by limiting absences to 15 percent or less of the total contact hours required in the course for the semester. If a student receiving veterans educational benefits must drop a course, the student must notify Durham Tech’s Veterans Affairs office immediately. College officials are required to report the student’s last day of attendance; this information is forwarded to the regional Veterans Administration office. Certification ceases to be in effect as of the last day of attendance for dropped courses.
Procedures for Determining Conduct for Veterans
Conduct requirements are the same for veteran and non-veteran students.
Course Substitutions for Veterans
Students receiving veterans educational benefits are ordinarily limited to two course substitutions in their program of study, not including substitutions resulting from changes in course numbers.