Veterans Freedom Center (VFC)
Transitioning from military life to campus life can be difficult for many veterans. Veterans can find it challenging to readjust while balancing other responsibilities, coping with military related challenges, or finding peers on campus. The Veterans Freedom Center provides a one-stop location with trained staff prepared to provide a combination of services stressing academics, camaraderie, and wellness. We empathize with veterans many struggles; and strive to help veterans help themselves achieve success. The VFC is located in the Gullo II building, phone: (408)223-6789, or email email@example.com
The VFC is a dedicated space for Veterans that includes a lounge/study area, computer lab with free printing services, and kitchenette. It is a great place to socialize and link with like-minded students.
A dedicated Veteran Counselor provides opportunities to clarify students’ personal, academic, and career values and goals. These services are available to both Veterans and their dependent family members. Prior to your appointment, transcripts from all previously attended Colleges must be submitted to EVC Veterans Center (walk them in or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Official transcripts are submitted directly to the transcripts office in Admissions and Records. http://www.evc.edu/current-students/admissions-and-records/transcripts Students planning to use their veterans’ education benefits must schedule an appointment with a veterans’ counselor to complete your education plan. Per Veterans Administration Policy, all Veteran students and dependents applying for benefits are required to have an approved Education Plan. You may call (408)223-6789 for an appointment or email email@example.com
Our Community Engagement Specialist brings the veterans community resources to you. Whenever possible we connect you with the resource that can best serve your needs. A few of the many resources are; the VA Medical Team visits our veterans at the campus monthly, VA employment specialists, and University application counseling. We also have a number of veteran related events during the school year that promote the value of a veteran.
Veterans Priority Registration:
Per California SB 272 & SB 361, priority registration will be granted to any current member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge within the last 2 years. Priority registration is not an automatic process. You must request for priority registration prior to the start of the registration period by submitting a copy of your DD-214 or military ID (CAC card) to the Veterans Freedom Center EVCVet@evc.edu
Veterans Educational Benefits
We are dedicated to helping veterans and their families’ access the many educational benefit programs offered under the Veterans Administration Educational Benefits Program. These benefits include a monthly educational allowance. Most, but not all, of the courses at the College are approved for payment of VA benefits. Interested veterans and/or eligible dependents must complete a Class Certification Form for each enrollment period (Semester) in which they wish to receive educational benefits, which must match your Education Plan. To receive Veterans Benefits, all Veteran Students are required to have an Educational Plan (Ed Plan) created and approved by a Veterans Counselor. Visit the Veterans Freedom Center or our website to initiate your benefits processing. http://www.evc.edu/current-students/support-programs/veterans-freedom-center
Veterans collecting educational benefits are subject to the following academic standards of the Veterans Administration for continuing eligibility: 1. Must maintain a minimum of at least a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average in course work attempted. 2. Veterans falling below a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average are given a maximum of two (2) semesters to correct the academic deficiency and bring their cumulative grade point average to at least the 2.0 (C) minimum requirements. 3. Veterans may be reinstated when the student’s progress is satisfactory i.e. cumulative grade point of 2.0 (C) or higher.
To assist our Certifying Official with expediting your military education payments, we have provided the following benefit submission deadlines. Please reference the College Catalog for future dates.
Veterans Certification of Benefits Deadline to ensure VA housing allowance for summer and fall 2019 is May 1, 2020.
Veterans Certification of Benefits Deadline to ensure VA housing allowance for winter and spring 2019 is August 1, 2020.
To receive the minimum basic allowance for housing (BAH) for Post 9/11 GI Bill and Other Military Education Benefits your units must total minimally 51%. For example, for a student looking to take the minimum of units to get their BAH during a regular semester. A regular semester is 12 units full time, so you would need to be enrolled in 7 units to receive BAH. VA requirements may change, so please refer to the VA website to confirm current policies. https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.