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The Office of Veterans Affairs assists all eligible veterans obtain financial assistance and information on Veterans Benefits while they attend Palo Alto College. The college participates in educational programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. These programs include:
Note: Chapters 30, 1606, and VRAP veterans must verify at the end of every month with the VA in order to receive a check on a timely basis.
The Office of Veterans Affairs also assists Texas veterans in obtaining the Hazelwood Act. This program exempts the qualified individual from payment of all tuition and most fees.
Students taking courses at multiple campus (on-campus and on-line) and using their Hazlewood Exemption benefits, must go to each college's VA Office to complete the payment process.
Additional Forms for Veterans
Veterans Crisis Line 1–800–273–TALK (8255), Press 1
Failing a course will
not affect your GI Bill benefits, however withdrawing or receiving an incomplete grade for a course may
affect your benefits. As long as you
receive a grade (pass or fail) the VA will not ask for your GI Bill money back.
However, if a student
drops a course(s) or withdraws from school the VA will immediately stop paying
education benefits for those classes and the student may be billed for the
education benefits they have already been paid for that term. Students are strongly encouraged to notify
the PAC VA Office immediately of a withdrawal to minimize overpayments.
The VA will bill a
student in this situation unless circumstances beyond the student’s control
prevented the student from continuing in school or caused the student to reduce
credits. These mitigating circumstances
are presumed to exist the first time a student drops 6 or less credits. After the first drop a veteran must prove to
the VA that mitigating circumstances were the cause of the drop/withdrawal.
mitigating circumstances include:
If VA rules that
mitigating circumstances do not exist than the student will be charged for any
education benefits they received for that academic term (e.g., tuition/fees,
living allowance and book stipend).
and reenlistment kickers will continue to apply to veterans under Post 9/11 GI
Bill (Chapter 33). Any additional
monthly benefits will be simply added to the monthly living allowance. For example, if a veteran is entitled to a
$200/month enlistment kicker and a $1400/month living allowance, then that
veteran will receive $1,600/month.
Unfortunately,under the VA’s final rules state that they will not pay kicker or college fund
bonuses if the veteran is not receiving a living allowance (e.g., while on
active duty or exclusively distance learning).
IAVA is actively fighting to reverse the VA’s interpretation.
The Post 9/11
GI Bill pays generous benefits for part time students. For example:
Tuition and Fees:
Tuition benefits are the same for full-time and part-time students.
Paid to students who are enrolled more than half-time. A student enrolled one unit above exactly
half time will qualify for a prorated monthly living allowance. For example, a student is taking 7 credits at
a school that considers 12 credits full-time, that student will receive 60% of
the normal living allowance rate.
Book Stipend: The payment
will be $41.67 for every credit enrolled, but no more than $1,000 per academic
year. (e.g., a student enrolled in 12
units will receive $500 for that academic term).
Location:Palomino Center (PC-114)
1400 W. Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78224 (210) 486-3000