pTEC 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, 34 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%:
Dental Assisting: Minimum Attendance Requirements = 90%
Patient Care Assistant: Minimum Attendance Requirements = 94%
Phlebotomy: Minimum Attendance Requirements = 90%
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.
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.