The Bureau of State Approving Agency for Veterans Training has
approved many of the certificate training programs offered at
the Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical centers.
Visit one of the VA Certifying Officials located in the Financial
Aid Office at the Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical
centers to apply for or re-activate your VA educational entitlements.
All required application forms are available in the Financial
Aid Office. Upon completion of the necessary forms, the student
must bring them to the VA Certifying Official with certified
copies of the veteran's DD214.
The documentation is then forwarded to the Department of Veterans'
Affairs (DVA) for processing. Upon completion of the first day
of class, the enrollment certification is reported by the VA
Certifying Official to the DVA for processing. Allow a minimum of
4-8 weeks to activate benefits. The DVA will send the benefit
check directly to the entitled individual. The student must
pay all fees upon registration. The student is eligible for
educational benefits for the length of the program as approved
by the DVA. The student must check with the school's VA Certifying
Official to verify the DVA approval of his/her program length.
All veterans receiving educational benefits while attending one
of the Orange County Public Schools Career and Technical centers
are subject to the policies and procedures of the school. The
following regulations apply:
Standards of Progress and Attendance:
- All students receiving Veterans' Educational benefits must
maintain satisfactory academic progress 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 back 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) unexcused absences and three (3) excused absences within a calendar month. DVA will be notified when seven (7) absences and/or four (4) unexcused 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, illness or death of immediate family member, jury duty or active military service. Extenuating circumstances may occur. The Tech Director may waive the OCPS VA attendance policy once as long as the situation has been resolved and attendance from that point on is expected to be good. Documentation supporting absences must be given to the VA Certifying Official immediately upon
student returning to school.
- 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 students' responsibility to adhere to BOTH,
in order to continue the educational program and receive monetary
- Satisfactory academic progress is defined as mastery
of at least 60 percent of assigned program competencies for
the particular evaluation period and an overall performance
rating of average or above. Academic progress will be reviewed
by a VA Certifying Official at the end of each nine week marking
period or term.
- Two unsatisfactory report cards will result
in termination of Veterans' Educational benefits for program
- The DVA will be notified by the school's 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 a nine week marking period or term of satisfactory
academic progress. Documentation must be in the student's
file before VA benefits are reinstated.
Credit for Remediation
A VA benefited student may receive additional hours toward a
program length for basic remediation that is required for program
completion. The student may receive up to an additional 300
hours credit if the student is attending a program of 750 hours
or greater in length. The student may receive up to an additional
150 hours credit if the student is attending a program less
than 750 hours in length.
Credit for Previous Training
A VA benefited student is required to transfer previous training
credits from an accredited institution to one of the Orange
County Public Schools Career and Technical centers. 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 DVA 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. If, however, there is a break in training or a 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. For short term programs, balance is due no later
than the last day of enrollment prior to receiving completion
certificate. Deferments will not be granted when there are
outstanding fees on a student's account.