All documentation must be submitted and the criteria met before
certification for benefits will be processed. Check with the
ACC Veterans Affairs Office for details.
Educational Objectives. The U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs (DVA) requires that each veteran receiving educational
benefits be following an approved course of study which leads
to an approved degree or vocational objective. A veteran may
not receive payment for courses previously completed, for courses
that are in excess of degree or certificate requirements, or
for courses which do not apply to an approved degree or certificate.
Period of Certification. Veterans may be certified for both
the Fall and Spring semesters during the fall registration,
but must be certified for the summer semester separately. Certification
processing begins on the first day of the term.
First-time Applicants will need to contact the VA Office at
the Northridge or the Riverside campuses.
All students receiving DVA Educational Benefits must submit
official transcripts of all previous college education and/or
vocational training. Veterans must also have their military
training evaluated, if it is applicable to the educational objective
(see Credit for Military Courses).
Reducing Course Load. It is the responsibility of the student
receiving benefits to report any withdrawals to the ACC VA Office.
Reduction in course load may cause a delay in monthly payments
and a possible reimbursement of benefits as determined by the
DVA Regional Office.
Satisfactory Progress. Satisfactory academic progress
must be maintained. Enrollment does not guarantee eligibility
for benefits. Check with the ACC VA Office for details about
maintaining satisfactory progress.
Activation. Students must activate their files every
year by completing a VA institutional application to let ACC
know that they want to claim benefits.
Summer Sessions or Short Semester. Payment of benefits for
semesters that are shorter in length than a normal fall or spring
semester is based on the number of credit hours. Check with
the ACC VA Office for details.
Developmental Education Courses for Veterans
Not all Developmental Education courses are authorized for payment
for DVA benefits. Approved Developmental Education courses may
be used as prerequisites if required by the degree plan (English/Math)
and if a need has been established based on assessment test
results. For further information, please call the VA Office
NOTE: Veterans under Chapter 1606 (Reserve/Guard) are
not authorized payment for Developmental Education courses,
unless eligibility was established after October 1, 1990.
Office Locations. Students should check in the course schedule
for campus office locations.
Veterans Benefits Checks
When First VA Check Arrives. Veterans should not depend on the
first DVA check arriving in time to pay for tuition, fees, and
books. Veterans must have money for tuition and fees at the
time of registration. After the ACC VA Office has submitted
the enrollment certification to the DVA Regional Office in Muskogee,
Oklahoma, allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
Advance Payment. Advance payment is intended to help
students meet school-related expenses which are concentrated
at the beginning of a term. Students wanting advance payment
should apply with the ACC VA Office at least 40 working days
before the semester begins.
Although this procedure allows the benefit to be paid in advance,
the check cannot be released to the student until the tuition
and fees have been paid in full. Please contact the ACC VA Office
regarding eligibility requirements and regulations.
Other Resources for Veterans
College Work-Study. Veterans may receive work-study under
Ch. 30, 31, VEAP (32), 35 and 1606 if they are enrolled as full-time
or three-quarter-time students, show financial need, and work-study
positions are available. The student is entitled to minimum
wage. The maximum number of hours a student may work will be
based upon 25 times the number of weeks in the students
enrollment period (See more under VA Office).
Veterans and Veterans DependentsHazlewood Act.
Texas veterans who served in any war from the Spanish-American
War up to and including the Cold War which began after the Korean
Conflict fall under this Act. The children of persons killed
while in the armed forces during the previously mentioned period
and orphans of members of the Texas National Guard and Texas
Air National Guard killed since January 1, 1946, while on active
duty either in the service of their state or the United States
may be eligible. Students must meet all Texas residency requirements.
Refer to the current course schedule for application procedures