Alvin Community College is proud to offer approved educational training to veterans. Prospective students should contact either the VA Regional Office or the Veterans Benefits Advisor in the Academic Advising Office. The application process to receive VA benefits is easy and can be completed in person or through the mail. A copy of your DD-214 is needed before the application can be submitted to the VA. If you have any questions about how to apply for your benefits, please email the advisor or call 281.756.3530.
Chapter 30: If you enlisted into active duty after June 30, 1985 and contributed $100 per month for the first 12 months of active service, then you should be eligible for VA benefit program Chapter 30. You have ten years from the date of your honorable discharge to use your Chapter 30 benefits.
Chapter 1606: If you are currently participating in a 6-year enlistment, re-enlistment, or extension of an enlistment in the Selective Reserve, you should be eligible for VA benefit program Chapter 1606.
Chapter 35: Dependents and survivors of certain veterans who have serious disabilities as a result of their service (100% disabled), who have died of a service connected cause, are a prisoner of war, or are missing in action, should request VA benefits program Chapter 35.
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): Any veteran of WW II, or thereafter, who has a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability, and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because of the disability, needs to request VA Benefits program Chapter 31. Prior approval from Houston VA Vocational Rehabilitation is required by calling 713.383.3549.
Hazlewood Benefits: Veterans who were Texas residents at the time of enlistment and have depleted all other financial aid benefits may be entitled to receive free tuition. After all other veteran educational benefits are depleted, eligible veterans may receive up to 150 hours free tuition. For more information, please contact the Registrar at 281.756.3602.
Current Alvin Community College veterans, please note that enrollment verification is available by phone or Internet. You must contact the VA on either the first day or last day of each month of eligibility to verify your hours. Verification of hours is available 24 hours a day by dialing 1-877-823-2378 on a touch-tone telephone. All students who are receiving MGIB Active Duty (Chapter 30) educational benefits are now able to certify their monthly Verification of Enrollment over the Internet at www.gibill.va.gov. The veteran needs to have his/her social security number available. If you made a change in enrollment, do not call the toll free number or use the web site. Notify the college veteran's office of the change and send in form VA 22-8979 notating any changes.
Standards of Progress
Satisfactory Progress: Maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degree Students:
Probation: Failure to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 results in first probation for the student's next registration. If the student achieves a 2.0 GPA for his first semester on probation but does not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0, the student will be placed on second probation for on additional semester. Summer sessions are considered one semester.
Unsatisfactory Progress: Failure to remove probationary status. Unsatisfactory progress is reported to the VA Regional office at the end of the first probation period if the semester GPA is below 2.0 and at the end of the second probation period if the cumulative GPA is below 2.0. This action suspends VA educational benefits.
Probation: Failure to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA during the first 25% of the total hours required for completion of the certificates results in first probation. If the student achieves a 2.0 GPA for the next 25% of the total hours but does not achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA, the student will be placed on second probation for an additional semester.
Unsatisfactory Progress: Unsatisfactory progress is reported to the VA at the end of the first probation period if the semester GPA is below 2.0 and at the end of the second probation period if the cumulative GPA is below 2.0 This action suspends VA educational benefits.
Transfer Students: VA students who transfer to Alvin Community College under academic suspension or probation at the last school attended are admitted under the terms of the first probation listed above.
Reinstatement of VA Educational Benefits: Reinstatement of benefits will rely upon achievement of a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and agreement for reinstatement by the Office of Veteran's Affairs.
Other Important Information
We recommend that you apply for benefits as soon as you decide you're going to college. VA recipients are expected to comply with standards of academic progress. VA certification is not an automatic progress; veterans must request certification each semester. Students can apply for benefits online at the VA website, www.gibill.va.gov. Please be sure to print a copy of your completed online application and bring it to your advising session with the ACC Veterans Advisor.