Veterans' (VA) Benefits
Piedmont Technical College is approved for all college-related educational programs for veterans, disabled veterans, dependents of deceased or totally disabled veterans, as well as active duty, active reservists and national guardsmen.
Eligibility for benefits is determined by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs based on official service records, evidence submitted by the student, and applicable veterans’ laws.
For questions concerning VA Educational Benefits at Piedmont Technical College, please contact:
Charlie Bouknight, VA Certifying Official
New Student Advising and Veterans Center – Piedmont Technical College
620 N. Emerald Rd
Greenwood, SC 29646
- Chapter 30 The Montgomery G.I. Bill. This program provides educational benefits to individuals entering military service after June 30, 1985.
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation for Service-Disabled Veterans. This program is for individuals who have a compensable service connected disability and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs determines that training and rehabilitation services are needed to overcome an employment handicap.
- Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance Program. This program is for dependents (spouse or children) of individuals who die or are permanently disabled from service connected causes.
- Chapter 1606 Montgomery G.I. Bill-Selected Reserve. This program is available to members of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard.
- Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program. This program is available to members of a reserve component who serve on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, for a contingency operation
- Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. To be eligible, the service member of veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001.
Applying for Benefits
Step 1: Apply for Admission
Apply for admission to Piedmont Technical College, submit an official high school, GED, or AHS transcript, complete the placement testing program or be exempt by the admissions office, and submit official transcript(s) from all colleges, service schools, or tests completed so the college can evaluate credit from prior training.
Step 2: Apply for VA Benefits
If you have not previously received veterans' education benefits, you must establish your eligibility by completing VA Form 22-1990, "Application for Education Benefits" online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp
If you have previously attended college and received veterans' education benefits, it is necessary that you complete VA Form 22-1995, "Request for Change of Program or Place of Training" online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp
Step 3: Submit your Transcripts.
Veterans must furnish official transcripts from all military and colleges attended. These should be forwarded to the Student Records Office. An evaluation of all college transcripts must be completed by the end of the second semester in a new program of study. Benefits cannot be extended beyond the first semester until this is accomplished. It is the responsibility of the veteran to make sure the evaluation has been completed.
Use the following links to request your military transcripts:
Step 4: Meet with an advisor/Register for Classes
Students will meet with an advisor – current students with their assigned academic advisor, new and readmit students with a new student advisor and county campus students with an advisor on your campus or your assigned advisor – to review goals, develop a plan, choose courses and register for classes. Once Charlie Bouknight has certified your coursework to the VA, you or your advisor will need to make contact with him to allow changes to your schedule, as he will need to adjust the certification submitted to the VA. Be sure to submit a copy of your class schedule and request for certification form every semester for which you wish to use your VA educational benefits.
Step 5: Request certification of your benefits through the VA Office
Complete and return to the veteran’s office the following:
- Certification Request Form (available online or in our office) – complete each term!
- A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility
- A copy of your upcoming schedule of classes.
Important Information Concerning Your Benefits
The VA office requires that an academic credit evaluation be completed for all military training and previous college experience. This means that college and/or military transcripts must be submitted to Piedmont Technical College for evaluation as early as possible. Failure to provide college and/or military transcripts for review prior to completing your second term of enrollment can cause delays in benefit processing and possibly a duplication of benefits that can result in benefits needing to be returned to the VA.
Verification of Attendance
Students under Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 are responsible to notify the VA on the last day of each month or within the 1st week after to verify your enrollment status. You can call (877) 823-2378 or go on line at www.gibill.va.gov/wave for enrollment verification; this does not apply if you’re receiving the Post 9/11 Chapter 33 benefits.
All students are responsible for payment of their tuition and fees to the Business Office by semester payment deadlines.
Veterans utilizing Chapter 33 (Post 9-11) benefits will have their accounts flagged for any tuition and fee payments expected directly from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Any expenses that are not covered by the VA must be paid to the Business Office by the semester payment deadlines.
Classes Eligible for Certification
The VA will only provide benefits for courses that are required under a student's declared program of study. Students may enroll in courses that are not required; however, such courses will not be certified and will not be used in determining the amount of monthly benefits received from the VA. For example, a student enrolled in the Computer Information Technology program taking a Medical Terminology class, will not receive VA benefits for the course since it is not a required course in his/her program of study. Please see your advisor or use Degree Works located in the Pathway Portal to determine program requirements.
As a general rule, the VA will not authorize benefits for the repetition of any class that a student has already satisfactorily completed. For example; a student who earned a “D” in a Business Law class may not use VA benefits to repeat this course, as a passing grade was earned and credit was awarded. An exception to this rule occurs when a specific letter grade is required for satisfactory completion, and a student's grade falls below that requirement. For example: some Medical Assistant and Nursing classes require students to earn a "C" grade or better. Students who do not earn a “C” or better will be allowed to use VA benefits to repeat the course; however, there is a limit to the number of times that a course may be repeated. Please see the Failing Courses section below for more details.
The VA will only be authorized once for the repetition of a failed course or a course that falls below the specified grade requirement. For example, a student took English Composition and failed, he/she can be re-certified for the same course and receive VA benefits. If the student fails the course again, he/she cannot be certified for a third time for the course. If this occurs, the repeated course will not be included in the student's total number of credit hours enrolled that is reported to the VA for that semester.
Change of Major
Students must have all major changes approved/cleared through the VA certifying official before the change will be processed. Any changes in major will be reflected the following semester. When changing your major you will need to ensure that all prior credit is evaluated for your new program and submitted to the VA Office.
Minimum GPA Requirements
Student receiving VA educational benefits (veterans, reservists, dependents) must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student receiving VA benefits that fall below a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation in accordance with the college's Academic Probation policy.
You must notify the Veterans Office within a few days of any increase or decrease in credit hours or if you have terminated enrollment from the school. You may be required to reimburse the VA funds received if you drop or withdraw from classes.
All withdrawals must be reported to the VA Regional Office with 30 days from the date of withdrawing or when the student stops attending. It is the student's responsibility to report all withdrawals or attendance issues to PTC’s Office of Veteran Affairs immediately to prevent overpayments. Students are encouraged to register only for those classes they know they can complete.
- Education (GI Bill and Dependents): 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551).
- VA website at www.gibill.va.gov
- Courses not leading to an educational, professional, or vocational objective (i.e. continuing education courses).
- Courses previously completed successfully.
- Courses taken while not admitted to a diploma, certificate or degree program.
- Self-improvement courses.
- Recreational programs.
- Auditing courses.
- Any course not approved by the State Approving Agency.