Current Veteran Students
The Veteran's Administration has specific requirements for students to meet in order to remain eligible for benefits. Please ensure you meet all requirements, and contact WITCC if you have any questions or run into any issues.
- All Students are required to check in with the Veterans Certifying Official at Western Iowa Tech's Admissions and Advising Center, to verify their enrollment before the end of the second week of each term. Failure to do so may result in termination of benefits or not being certified at all.
- All Students must notify the Veterans Certifying Official when they:
- Add or drop any course.
- Change address. (Student must also notify the VA directly.)
- Withdraw from or terminate enrollment at the WITCC.
- Change graduation date.
- Change major.
- Receive notice from the VA that eligibility for benefits has expired.
- Wish to receive benefits during a summer term.
- Regular class attendance is required by the VA for continued payment of benefits. Faculty will notify the Veterans Clerks when a student has not been in regular class attendance.
- Credit hour requirements:
|Less than 1/2
**Student status for summer is based on a combination of course meeting dates and credits enrolled as defined by the VA.
- Courses meeting for only part of a term (i.e.,first half term, second half term) count for benefits only for the portion of the semester in which the course is being taught.
- 11.5 credits will not be certified as full-time.
- Repeating a course that was taken either at Western Iowa Tech Community College or another institution may result in a retroactive loss of benefits.
- Students in the following categories must contact the Certifying Official for special instructions:
- Repeating a course in which the previous grade was a D- or better.
- Enrolled in short courses (certification will only be for actual duration of the course).
- Concurrently enrolled at two educational institutions.
- Veterans enrolled at less than 1/2 time receive subsistence allowance for tuition and fees only.
- A withdrawal from the Western Iowa Tech Community College or a course drop may result in retroactive loss of benefits. The reduction in training time reverts back to the beginning date of enrollment for that semester unless VA finds mitigating circumstances in the case of withdrawals and drops. VA benefit recipients who drop or withdraw will be responsible for providing any documentation of mitigating circumstances to the VA.
Mitigating circumstances as defined by VA include:
- Serious illness of veteran or eligible person.
- Serious illnesses or death in immediate family.
- Immediate family or financial obligation that requires a change in terms, hours, or place of employment.
- Discontinuance of a course by a school.
- Active military duty.
- Veteran or eligible person demonstrates good faith pursuit in the course to point of withdrawal and submits evidence that, through counseling, an attempt was made to remedy the unsatisfactory work with withdrawal.
- Any other circumstances hindering progress that are out of the student's control.
- Incomplete (I) grades and non-report (N) grades for both undergraduate and graduate students must be converted to credit grades within one calendar year or benefits for that course will be terminated which may result in an overpayment liability. Undergraduate incomplete grades are converted to F grades after one year or just prior to graduation, whichever occurs first.
- Non-punitive Grades (grades or marks not calculated into the G.P.A.) - a NP (Not Pass) grade received when taking a course under the P-NP option will be considered nonpunitive and may result in retroactive loss of benefits received for that course.
- Tutorial assistance may be available to students enrolled at least half-time. Contact the Veterans Certifying Officials listed below for additional information.