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Information For Military Veterans

Published or Revised June 27, 2014

Paris Junior College is approved for veterans training under the provisions of various federal and state laws. Veteran affairs are administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid located in the Alford Center. Veterans who are applying for VA educational benefits are advised to call VA to inquire and verify VA eligibility. The telephone number of the VA Regional Office is 1-888-442-4551.

Also required are a completed Application for Education Benefits (Form 22-1990) and an official copy of the DD-214.

Apply for benefits at: http://www.gibill.va.gov.

Returning students should complete the Request For VA Education Benefits form.

Academic Progress

To be eligible to receive educational benefits, veterans must be making satisfactory academic progress. For VA purposes, satisfactory academic progress is defined as a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

Veteran’s Probation

A veteran will be placed on Veteran’s Probation when his/her cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

A veteran who remains on Veteran’s Probation for two (2) consecutive semesters must be reported to the Veterans Administration Regional Office as making unsatisfactory academic progress and is subject to having all educational benefits terminated.

Reinstatement of Benefits

A veteran’s benefits terminated because of unsatisfactory academic progress will be reinstated when the veteran’s cumulative grade point average is at least a 2.0.

Supplemental Information

The college does not participate in the VA advance payment program or pre-certification.

Students receiving VA benefits must promptly notify the Financial Aid Office regarding any course(s) dropped.

VA will require students to repay any benefits received for courses that are dropped.

VA students may not repeat a course for which they have received a passing grade (D or higher).

The Veterans Administration will only pay for courses that are required for graduation and are listed on the VA student’s official degree plan.

Eligibility will be lost if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.

VA will only pay for remedial course work that is required for graduation.

A copy of marriage license, if married, and a Declaration of Marital Status, Form 21-686c (obtained from VA Regional Office), are required.

Copies of dependent children’s birth records are required.

Students attending under Chapter 35 must submit a completed application for Survivor’s and Dependents Educational Assistance, Form 22-5490 (obtainable from Financial Aid Office), and other documentation as required by the VA Regional Office.

Additional procedures are explained in the Financial Aid Office. Eligibility to receive Veterans educational benefits is determined by the Veterans Administration.

Excused Absence for Active Military Service

Upon notice from a student, an institution of higher education shall excuse a student from attending classes or engaging in other required activities, including examinations, in order for the student to participate in active military service to which the student is called, including travel associated with the service.  A student whose absence is excused may not be penalized for that absence and shall be allowed to complete an assignment or take an examination from which the student is excused within a reasonable time after the absence.  An instructor may appropriately respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the assignment or examination within a reasonable time after the absence.  Education Code 51.9111(c); 19 TAC 4.9(a)–(b)

Hazlewood Act

Certain veterans who have served on active military duty, who were residents of Texas at the time of entry into the service, who have resided in Texas during the 12-month period before the date of registration and whose entitlement to educational benefits under federal legislation has been exhausted are eligible for exemption from the payment of tuition and fees (excluding activity fees) at Paris Junior College. These exemptions also apply to children of members of the Armed Forces killed in action or who died while in the service and to children of members of the Texas National Guard and Texas Air National Guard killed since January 1, 1946, while on active duty.

To determine eligibility the following documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office:

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Smith
Veterans Specialist
903-782-0371
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