Veteran Information & ServicesThe Three Rivers Financial Aid Office will provide upon request information concerning educational benefits available through the Veterans Administration. This office also completes enrollment certification for eligible veterans attending Three Rivers. Local Veterans Administration Offices, Butler County Courthouse, and VA Hospital also provide specific information about eligibility and benefits available through the Veterans Administration.
Three Rivers limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all associate degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.
Students receiving VA education benefits are required to meet the same standard of progress as all other students of the college. In addition to this, veterans must:
- Declare an educational major.
- Have all previous college transcripts submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation.
- Pass a majority of classes enrolled for any one semester.
- Convert an incomplete grade to a letter grade within one semester of receiving an incomplete grade.
Note: VA students must pay all charges: GARD, MGIB and CH35. Financial Aid is not deferred for VA students except for VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
The VA may refuse to pay educational benefits to a veteran who fails to make satisfactory progress toward a specified educational goal. All veterans must maintain the academic standards of progress for all other federal and state funded financial aid programs.
The VA will not pay for repeat courses for which a passing grade has already been received. The VA will not pay for courses that do not earn credit and/or are not computed into the GPA and/or not necessary for progress toward the specified educational goal.
Veterans, reservists, and members of the National Guard may receive credit for physical education by presenting a copy of their DD 214 to a Financial Aid Advisor in the Three Rivers Financial Aid Office.
Veteran benefits are available according to the following course-load guidelines for the fall or spring semesters:
- Full-time: 12 or more hours
- Three-fourths time: 9-11 hours
- Half-time: 6-8 hours
- Less than half-time: 1-5 hours
Students receiving benefits are certified for the current semester only. To avoid a break in pay, students must enroll during the early registration period each semester. Each semester, students must submit a copy of their class schedule to the Financial Aid Advisor and also complete the certificate of enrollment form.
You must notify the VA certifying official immediately of any changes to your VA file (i.e., you change your major, drop or add classes, withdraw from college, marital status, change of address, etc.) in order to avoid delays in payment or overpayment of benefits.
Summer semester enrollment classification is computed in proportion to the maximum number of hours that may be earned. Questions regarding veteran benefits should be directed to a VA specialist in the Financial Aid Office at 573-840-9175.