Prescott College and Your Benefits

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While you are enjoying the flexibility and creativity Prescott College (PC) offers, please keep in mind that you or a loved one have earned some amazing educational benefits that require following rigid rules.  Here are some reminders that will help you get the most out of your Veterans Administration (VA) benefits at Prescott College.

All VA Benefit Recipients Must Be Degree-Seeking and Submit All Transcripts

All VA Benefit Recipients Must Be Degree-Seeking and Submit All Transcripts

The VA requires all students to be efficiently working toward a degree.  During the application process, you must supply all military and prior college transcripts to Prescott College, regardless of how prior courses were paid for.  The PC Registrar is required to evaluate submitted transcripts and accept for transfer as many credits as school policy allows.

Do Not Register for Courses Already Taken, Unless Grade Was No Credit (NC)

Do Not Register for Courses Already Taken, Unless Grade Was No Credit (NC)

The VA will pay for you to re-take a course you earned No Credit (NC) in once.  However, they will not pay a third time.  They will not pay to retake courses you passed, even if you are registering as a Teaching Assistant. VA auditors have access to and often review all veterans’ files.  If they see that you have retaken a course inappropriately, you will owe a debt back to the VA.

Finalize Your Schedule and Complete Contracts As Soon As Possible

Finalize Your Schedule and Complete Contracts As Soon As Possible

The school cannot certify/report enrollment or bill the VA for the term if you have placeholders in your schedule or outstanding contracts for internships, practicums, independent/mentored study courses, etc.  Please complete these as soon as possible so Basic Housing Allowance/subsistence, tuition and fee payments will not be delayed.

 

Reminder:  Students with individualized degree plans need to update their degree plan every time they add a new course.  Having an out-of-date degree plan may also delay BAH and tuition/fee payments.  See Updated Degree Plans Are Required at All times section below.

If You Do Not Want to Use Veterans Benefits

If You Do Not Want to Use Veterans Benefits

If you have used veterans benefits at Prescott College, but do not wish to be certified for a particular term, please let the Veterans Certifying Official know.  For example, you may not wish to be certified is if you are taking very few credits and want to save months of benefit.

Inquire About Course Fees

Inquire About Course Fees

Course fees often contain sub-fees the VA will not pay for, and the student maybe responsible for hundreds of dollars.  The VA requires the college to dissect the course fee and remove portions for housing (camping), transportation, etc.  Feel free to contact the Veterans Certifying Official regarding specific course fees.

Stay Updated on Benefits You Have Remaining

Stay Updated on Benefits You Have Remaining

If you are not registered on eBenefits it is worth taking a few minutes to do so.  Anyone receiving Veterans Education Benefits is able to access this information. 

 

If you have not checked your remaining benefit lately, please login to your eBenefits account:

Ebenefits Account Manage

 

When you have less than a year of benefits remaining, please email your eBenefits screenshot to the Veterans Certifying Official.

Think Twice Before Ceasing to Attend a Course or Officially Withdrawing

Think Twice Before Ceasing to Attend a Course or Officially Withdrawing

If you officially withdraw from a class, PC will have to report to the VA the Last Date of Attendance (LDA) and there is a good chance the VA will require you to repay the tuition for the portion of the course you did not finish.  The VA will only pay for “seat time” or the time you attended on a regular basis. 

 

Additionally, PC will have to report the LDA to the VA for any No Credit (NC) grades.   If you attended the entire term, but simply did not earn credit for the class, you should not owe money back to the VA.  If you stopped attending all together, you will likely owe the VA the portion of the tuition for the time you did not attend.

Updated Degree Plans Are Required at All Times

Updated Degree Plans Are Required at All Times

The school cannot report your enrollment or bill the VA for a term if any of the classes on your schedule do not match your degree plan.  Delaying updating your degree plan may delay your Basic Allowance for Housing/subsistence payments and/or payment for tuition and fees.  Contact the Veterans Certifying Official if you have questions about degree plan requirements for the VA.

 

Teacher Preparation Degree Plans

The Veterans Certifying Official will ask for an appropriate degree plan from the Registrar and will contact you if there is anything you must do.

 

On-Campus Undergraduates (except Teacher Prep)

  •          You must have an individualized degree plan
  •          You must update your degree plan every time you register, add or drop a class
  •          You must obtain your adviser's approval every time you update your degree plan
  •          Courses on each term’s schedule must always match the course codes and names on your approved degree plan exactly

 

Limited Residency Undergraduate Degree Plans

  •          You are required to build and complete an individualized degree plan during your first semester
  •          You must update your degree plan every time you register, add or drop a class. 
  •          Courses on each term’s schedule must always match the course codes and names on your degree plan exactly
  •          Contact your core faculty for help and to approve the final version of your degree plan.

 

Masters in Counseling Degree Plans

The Veterans Certifying Official will ask for an appropriate degree plan from the Registrar and will contact you if there is anything you must do.

 

Masters Students--Resident and Limited Residency (except Counseling)

  •          Students write and complete an individualized degree plan during orientation.
  •          The Veterans Certifying Official may be able to get an appropriate degree plan for you from the     Registrar, but may also need to contact you.

 

PhD Degree Plans

The Veterans Certifying Official may be able to get an appropriate degree plan for you from the Registrar, but may also need to contact you.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation

VA Vocational Rehabilitation

VA Vocational Rehabilitation works differently from most other VA educational benefits, so call your Vocational Rehab Counselor, the Veterans Certifying Official, or go to the Vocational Rehab website for more information about how your benefits work.  Keep in mind that you must have the following in place before PC can certify you:

Completed Schedule.  See Finalize Your Schedule and Complete Contracts as Soon as Possible

Updated Degree Plan.  See Updated Degree Plans are required at All Times

If you delay completing your schedule and/or degree plan, your subsistence payments and payment for tuition and fees may be delayed.

 

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