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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com). Official transcripts are submitted directly to the transcripts office in Admissions and Records. https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. https://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/.
* GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Title 38 of the United States Code (U.S.C) §3679(e) effective August 1, 2019
In accordance to Title 38 of the United States Code (U.S.C) §3679(e), Evergreen Valley College has updated its current policy regarding the enrollment of covered individuals in terms of charging tuition and penalties related to the delay in the payment from the VA.
Waiver of Non-Resident Tuition for Covered Individual
A student who lives in California and is eligible for education benefits under Chapter 30, 31 or 33 are granted a waiver of non- resident tuition regardless of his/her formal State of residence. A cover individual is defined as:
- A veteran who enrolls in school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more, or
- A spouse or dependent child using transferred benefits who enrolls within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more, or
- Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship; or
- A spouse or dependent child using transferred benefits and the transferor is serving on active duty effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after July 1, 2017; or
- An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning March 1, 2019.
A student who initially qualifies under the applicable requirements above will maintain “covered individual” status as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled.
To request the waiver, student must submit the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request for Military/Veteran/Dependent form together with supporting documents (Certificate of Eligible for Chapter 30, 33; or VAF 28-1905 authorization form for chapter 31).
Delay in the payment from the VA
A student who provides a copy DD-214-Honorable Discharge with the Application for the GI Bill® * a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility, or VAF 28-1905 authorization form will:
- Be exempted from payment. No late fee will be charged to student’s account.
- Not be denied access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have paid off their balance or set up payment plan.
- Not required to borrow additional funding to cover tuition and fees while waiting for the payment.
- Student must request enrollment to be submitted each semester to receive the benefit.
- Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 students who have a balance which prevents students from requesting a transcript can contact the Evergreen Valley College Admissions & Records office to request the release of the transcript due to the delay in the payment from the VA.
- Students who do not want to receive the benefit must pay off the balance prior to enrolling in the next semester or by the end of the current semester. No late fee will be charged to student’s account if student does not pay off the balance.