Changes to VA education benefits go into effect Aug. 1:
Congress in January approved the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, named for former Republican leaders of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees. The new law is more than 340 pages long and aims to help various segments of the veteran population, including women, Native Americans and students, as well as veterans experiencing homelessness. For more information the Stars and Stripes article can be read at https://www.stripes.com/veterans/2021-07-20/changes-gi-bill-program-veterans-health-care-benefits-2206275.html
VRC Help Desk:
The VRC is OPEN (Virtually) and our VA work-study’s are working remotely to support their fellow veteran and dependent students! The VRC is the liaison between veterans or their dependents, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our goal is to provide Veteran students, and dependents with services to assist them as they embark on achieving their educational goals.
The Virtual Veterans Resource Center is also open, Monday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
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Six Ways You Will Be Successful at MJC
MJC is committed to transforming lives! We do this through educational programs and services informed by the latest approaches to teaching and learning. MJC is a dynamic, innovative environment meeting needs of the ever-changing populations of our regional community.
We invite you to join us in a partnership for your success! Our role in the partnership is to thoughtfully and meaningfully integrate the RP Group research findings related to the Six Success Factors of Student Achievement.
Directed-students have a goal and know how to achieve it
Focused-students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize
Connected-students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
Engaged-students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
Nurtured-students feel like they are part of the college community
Valued-students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated
Veteran Services Service Area Outcome (SAO)
Veteran and Dependent students will know about available resources and services specifically designed for Veteran and Dependent students at Modesto Junior College.
Veteran Services-Support Service Learning Outcome (SSLO)
- Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
- Veteran and Dependent students will understand degree requirements, as well as receive necessary referrals and interventions in order to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
- Veteran and dependent students will understand terminology and community resources available through military service upon completion of meeting with Veteran Center staff.
Veteran Affairs- Principles of Excellence
- Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
- Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
- End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
- Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
- Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
- Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
- Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. This law has five sections pertinent to the administration of Veterans' educational or training benefits with two of the provisions directly affecting schools. The first of these provisions will be implemented in August.
Beginning on August 1, 2019, educational institutions must have a policy in place allowing G.I. Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. The educational institution must also have a policy to not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."