VETERANS BENEFITS

NCI is an approved postsecondary education school for veterans’ benefits including Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606 (Montgomery G.I. Bill), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 32 (Post-Vietnam Era), Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Chapter 34 (Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program) and Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance), Chapter 1607 (Reservists Call to Active Duty (REAP)).

Veterans who plan to attend NCI under any type of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefit Program will need to complete a VA application and submit the application to the VA. The Financial Aid Department is available at NCI to assist you in completing the VA application.

Prior service personnel must supply the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with a copy of the Member 4 page of their DD-214. If a student is eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 30, Category II and / or Chapter 31, copies of marriage certificates, birth certificates of children and / or divorce decrees may also be required.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Policy for Veterans Benefits:

NCI permits any VA Benefit covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides a Certificate of Eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33 (Certificate of Eligibility can also include a Statement of Benefits obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs website – eBenefits or a VAF 28-1905 form for Chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

        1. The date on which payment from VA is made to NCI.
        2. 90 days after the date that NCI certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the Certificate of eligibility.

NCI will not impose any penalties, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, media resource room or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to NCI due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33.

In addition, NCI requires the covered individual to complete the following actions to begin:

        1. Submit a Certificate of Eligibility or a Statement of Benefits no later than the first day of the term they are beginning
        2. Submit a copy of DD214
        3. Pay the NCI Application fee: $50.00
        4. Pay for the required textbooks
        5. Complete enrollment paperwork prior to start date

Students must take courses leading toward their educational objective as approved by the State approving agency. Students may not be certified prior to providing proof of high school completion. Students will not be certified for equivalent courses taken at other post- secondary schools; students should request official transcripts prior to enrollment.

NCI will notify the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of any change in educational objectives or in the number of hours enrolled. The student will repay benefits for hours dropped from the beginning of the term unless the VA feels extenuating circumstances exist. Students who attend college after a period of active military duty may be eligible to receive undergraduate college credit according to the prevailing policies of NCI. Applications for the evaluation of these credits can be made through the Dean of Admissions. For service schools, credit may be earned as recommended in the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide, and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulatory guidelines. Credit is awarded based upon the relevancy of military training to the program being pursued.

In order to continue to be eligible for certification to receive benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 1606 and 1607 Title 38, U.S. Code, veterans and eligible persons must achieve satisfactory academic progress toward educational goals by meeting the following standards:

  1. Full-time students placed on academic probation the previous semester must earn a 2.00 GPA, “C” average, on at least 12 semester hours or be placed on academic suspension for a semester.
  2. Suspended students must remain out of school for one semester. Upon re-admittance, students are placed on probation and must enroll in and complete 6 semester hours or more with a 2.00 GPA, “C” average.
  3. Students facing academic suspension may appeal for permission to continue to the President of NCI. If approval is granted, the student must complete 6 semester hours with a 2.00 GPA, “C” average. If this requirement is not met, the student is suspended for one academic year without appeal.
  4. VA students must fulfill all financial obligations with NCI in a timely manner or risk termination of benefits.

The last day to drop a course without penalty is the day before the class begins for certificate programs and degree programs.

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