Veterans Benefits

  • Pinellas Technical College  welcomes veterans and their dependents. Most of the full-time programs offered are approved for veterans (VA) educational benefits. A veteran or other student eligible for benefits under Chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of Title 38, U.S. Code, or Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S. Code is entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits for fee payment.

    Only programs taught in the traditional on-site/classroom setting are approved for veterans benefits.  Courses taught in whole or in part in a distance learning, online, blended, hybrid and/or independent student format are not approved.

    Applicants’ previous training and/or experience will be evaluated by the school to determine placement.  Should hours be accepted, the training time will be reduced accordingly.

    When the applicant has completed the enrollment procedures and begins classes, the Veteran Certifying Official will notify the VA by forwarding appropriate forms.


    Veteran's Attendance Policy

    Time missed due to early departures, class cuts, tardies, etc., for any portion of a class period will proportionately reduce the student’s overall grade in the end of fee period calculation when determining satisfactory academic progress.  Academic progress is calculated by dividing Standard Hours Completed by Enrolled Class Hours. Attendance is calculated by dividing Hours Attended by Enrolled Class Hours.

    Veteran students must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance each calendar month to remain in good standing.  Students exceeding 20% absenteeism in a calendar month will have their VA benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. 
     
    Minimum attendance standards vary by program.  If program attendance standards are greater than 80%, students must adhere to the higher standard.  The following program standards are greater than 80%:
     
    Practical Nursing:  Minimum Attendance Requirements = 94%
     
    The student’s attendance record will be retained in the veteran’s file for USDVA and SAA audit purposes.
     
    Veteran’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
     
    Satisfactory progress is evaluated after each fee period.  A probationary period begins the fee period following an unsatisfactory report for academics and/or attendance.

    The Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs will be notified by the school’s Certifying Official if the veteran is placed on academic probation.  If the VA student’s academic progress is unsatisfactory at the end of the probationary period, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated.

    Appeal Process

    Students may appeal the denial status of their financial aid by submitting a written request to the Financial Aid Office detailing the student’s personal mitigating circumstances.  Some circumstances such as medical problems, illness or death in the family, or divorce shall be considered for an appeal.  Appeals must be accompanied by documentation from a third party such as a family physician or lawyer.  All appeals will be reviewed by the financial aid specialist and an administrator.  The student will receive a response to the appeal within one week from the date the financial aid office receives all documentation.  If the student finds this decision unsatisfactory, the student may appeal to the campus director.  The campus director’s decision on the appeal will be final.

    Chapter 2014-1, Laws of Florida, (House Bill 7015) amended section 1009.26, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and created the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program.

    This program authorizes an out-of-state fee waiver for honorably discharged veterans of the United States (U.S.) Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida. A career center operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, F.S. or charter technical career center operated under s.

    1002.34, F.S., must waive out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed

    Forces, the U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically resides in this state while enrolled in the institution. Each district is encouraged to place information about this waiver in a prominent location on its website.

    Chapter 2014-62, Laws of Florida, (House Bill 851) amended s. 1009.22 and 1009.26, F.S., and affects the tuition and fees policies for school district adult general education and career and technical education programs. Sections 2 and 5 of this act contain the following:

    Career centers operated by school districts and charter technical career centers must provide a tuition waiver for recipients of a Purple Heart or another combat decoration superior in precedence in accordance with the provisions in s. 1009.26(8), F.S.

    Effective July 1, 2014, for programs leading to a career certificate or an applied technology diploma, the standard tuition rate shall be raised $2.33 per contact hour for residents and nonresidents and the out-of-state fee shall be raised to $6.99 per contact hour.

    Career centers operated by school districts and charter technical career centers must provide for an out-of-state fee waiver for recent Florida high school grades who meet certain conditions, including those who are undocumented for federal immigration purposes.

    A single block rate tuition for all students enrolled in adult general education is required. The out-of-state fee for non-residents was removed from the statute.

     Link for FAQ - House Bill 7015