TTI is approved for training of qualified veterans under the Veterans Readjustment Benefit Act of 1966. Training is also approved for most programs under Public Law 894 (Disabled Veterans) and Public Law 634 (War Orphans). Interested students should contact the Veterans Affairs official in Financial Aid 850.838.2545 ext. 235.
Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 32 or Chapter 35 will be entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay (documentation from VA required) in the receipt of benefits.
Any veteran who receives benefits under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11). Effective July 1, 2012, the Veterans Retraining Assistance program is also accepted by TTI. Interested students should contact Veterans Affairs office 850.838.2545 ext. 235 in the Student Services Office for more information.
The documentation is then forwarded to the Department of Veterans Affairs for processing. Upon completion of the first day of class, the enrollment certification is reported, by the VA Certifying Official, to the Department of Veterans Affairs for processing. It takes approximately 4-8 weeks to activate benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs will send the benefit check directly to the entitled individual. The student must pay all fees upon registration except for chapter 33. The student is eligible for educational benefits for the length of the program as approved by the State Approving Agency for Veteran Training. The student must check with the schools’ VA Certifying Official to verify State Approving Agency for Veteran Training approval of his/her program length. Online portions of a program are not eligible for VA benefits. VA does not pay for a Leave of Absence. All veterans receiving educational benefits while attending one of the tech centers are subject to the policies and procedures of the school.
Standards of Progress and Attendance:
All students receiving Veterans Educational benefits must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in accordance with the regularly prescribed standards and practices of the institution in which the student is enrolled. If the student is not making satisfactory academic progress according to those standards and practices, educational benefits will be discontinued for the student. Veteran and non-veteran students alike will be referred to Student Services for counseling to a program that may offer the possibility of success.
Attendance reports must be submitted monthly to the schools’ VA Certifying Official.
Students must attend classes regularly; all absences will be recorded and maintained by the school. Veterans are allowed three (3) absences within a calendar month. DVA will be notified when four (4) absences have been recorded within a calendar month and VA benefits will be terminated.
All absences are considered unexcused unless otherwise documented. These criteria are considered excused absences: illness of self, death of immediate family member, jury duty or active military service.
Satisfactory attendance is defined as compliance with existing school attendance policy and the VA attendance policy. One may be stricter than the other. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to both in order to continue the educational program and receive monetary benefits.
Satisfactory academic progress is defined as mastery of at least 70 percent during an evaluation period.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will be notified by the schools’ VA Certifying Official if the veteran does not maintain satisfactory academic progress or satisfactory attendance.
Reinstatement of Veteran Educational Benefits:
VA Educational benefits discontinued due to unsatisfactory attendance may be reinstated upon completion of one calendar month of satisfactory attendance. VA Educational benefits discontinued due to unsatisfactory academic progress may be reinstated upon completion of eight weeks satisfactory academic progress. Documentation must be in the student’s file before VA benefits may be reinstated.
Credit for Previous Training:
A VA benefited student is required to transfer previous training credits from an accredited institution. Credit for previous training will be evaluated by the instructor and granted, if appropriate. Upon acceptance of the transfer credits, the training time may be reduced. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the student will be notified if previous training credit is granted. The evaluation will be performed within the first 90 days of enrollment.
Deferment of Fees:
Any veteran or other eligible student who receives VA benefits may be granted a deferment, if warranted, once per academic year. Chapter 33 tuition and fees will be deferred as the money is sent to the schools. If, however, there is a break in training or delay in the receipt of VA benefits, an additional deferment may be granted. The veteran will make a partial payment based on the school’s established procedures at the time of registration and the balance as scheduled by the Business Office. Failure to meet this obligation will result in the student being withdrawn from classes. Deferments will not be granted when there are outstanding fees on a student’s account.