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Standards of Progress

The law requires that educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her training objective.

Satisfactory progress is considered to be the maintaining of a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). When a veteran's CGPA falls below 2.0, the veteran will be given two probationary semesters in which to raise his or her CGPA to 2.0 or better. If at the end of the probationary period, the student fails to achieve a 2.0 CGPA, future VA educational benefits will be terminated. Benefits may be reinstated after the student achieves a 2.0 CGPA or above. The veteran will be required to submit VA FORM 22-1995 or VA Form 22-5495 to the IRSC Veterans Affairs Office for inclusion with the next enrollment certification to the VA Regional Office.

Changes That Effect Benefits

  • A non-punitive grade of "W" or "I" may result in a reduction of benefits effective the beginning of the semester, depending on the student's course load. If a veteran takes an "I" grade and then re-registers for the same course, the "I" grade becomes non-punitive, and the course must be decertified for the period that it was previously taken. This means the veteran may then be in an overpayment status.
  • Reduction of a course load after the Drop period may result in a reduction of your benefits effective the beginning of the semester. Students must inform the IRSC Veterans Affairs Office of any withdrawal and the reasons such action is necessary. Mitigating circumstances can be submitted and may be given special consideration.
  • Report change of address immediately to Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551, and complete a change of address form at the IRSC Veterans Affairs Office and with IRSC Student Records.
  • Report changes in marital status, number of dependents, etc., to the IRSC Veterans Affairs Office. Proper documents verifying these changes are necessary, such as a certified marriage certificate, certified birth certificate, certified divorce decree, etc.

Notification

It is the responsibility of the veteran to keep the IRSC Veterans Affairs Office informed of any changes.

Attendance

Students receiving VA benefits for Career Training clock-hour programs should note that excessive absences will result in termination of benefits. Absences totaling more than the equivalent of ten percent (10%) of the total hours of the program are considered excessive, and, unless there are mitigating circumstances, the student will be terminated from receipt of VA benefits due to unsatisfactory attendance.

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