VA and NPC Vets Benefits Regulations

The Department of Veteran Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veteran educational assistance programs make satisfactory academic progress toward their programs of study. Benefit recipients must:

  1. complete all courses attempted
  2. maintain a semester and cumulative 2.0 Grade Point Average
  3. finish all incomplete ("I") grades within one semester
  4. not receive any withdrawal ("W") grades (If there are mitigating circumstances necessitating the withdrawal from school by the veteran student, the student must notify the NPC Veterans Representative within one week.)
  5. maintain regular classroom attendance
  6. complete courses as required for the veteran's program of study

Please Note: If the above requirements are not met, the student will be placed on academic probation after one semester of non-compliance. The recipient has the next enrolled semester to attain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or be placed on academic suspension from veteran educational benefits.

In an effort to eliminate overpayments, NPC requires that after the 45th calendar day of class, all veterans be reported as making "satisfactory progress" or be withdrawn from class by their instructor. If withdrawn by their instructor, student will receive a "W" on their transcript and will be reported to the Department of Veteran Affairs as a reduction in enrollment. Reduction in enrollment results in decreased benefit payments or may place the student in overpayment status.

The number of credit hours in which a benefits recipient must be enrolled to receive benefit levels are:

  • Full time--12 or more credits
  • 3/4 time--9 to 11 credits
  • 1/2 time--6 to 8 credits
  • below 1/2 time--1 to 5 credits
  • Note: Students enrolled below 1/2 time will only be reimbursed for tuition and fees.

Break Pay and Work Study

A veteran who is continuously enrolled in classes and has no more than a 30-day break between enrollments is allowed Interval Pay (also known as "Break Pay"). Work Study is available to any student receiving veterans educational benefits who attends any college 3/4 time or more. The student may work at a VA medical facility, a VA regional office, or an approved state employment office. Work study students are paid minimum wage. Work study payments are non-taxable. For more information on Break Pay and work study for VA students, please contact the Veterans Representative.


Change in Student Status

All students receiving veterans benefits are required by law to keep the NPC Veterans Representative informed of the following: Withdrawals from classes, additional credits added, change in degree program, and address change of benefit recipient.