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Veterans and ROTC Students

Veterans

Saint Vincent College appreciates the men and women who serve our country and supports military veterans, spouses and dependents. There are many benefits for attending Saint Vincent College to advance your education and skills.

The Financial Aid Office at Saint Vincent College is here to assist with your next steps toward achieving your educational goals. Saint Vincent College is proud to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The College has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund uncovered tuition and fee charges for all Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon-eligible Veterans, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Saint Vincent will award Yellow Ribbon benefits for tuition and fees not covered by the Post -9/11 GI Bill®, using institutional funds awarded to the student upon admission. Remaining institutional funds may be used to cover direct Saint Vincent College costs such as room and board. Veterans eligible for this benefit may designate a child as a transferee under Transfer of Entitlement.

  • How to Receive Benefits

    The first step to receiving Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits is to complete the form 22-1990 by applying for benefits online. Approval for Veterans Affairs benefits may be a lengthy process and students are encouraged to complete this application as early as possible.

    Eligible veterans will receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Once this is received, veterans are asked to submit a copy of the certificate to the Financial Aid Office and schedule an appointment to discuss the benefits. The Certificate of Eligibility is required to submit enrollment certification to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for federal and state financial aid is in addition to Veterans Affairs benefits. Please include the Saint Vincent FAFSA code – 003368.

  • Multiple Programs Available

    Saint Vincent College administers multiple Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits.  For more information regarding these benefits, the Yellow Ribbon Program and a student’s responsibilities please visit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training.  The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Eligibility for federal and state financial aid is in addition to Veterans Affairs benefits. Please include the Saint Vincent FAFSA code – 003368.

    Pennsylvania National Guard Military Family Education Program (MFEP)

    Together with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, PHEAA administers this tuition assistance program for dependents (spouses and children) of PA Guard Members who enter into an additional 6-year service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

    Grant Information: https://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/aid-for-military-national-guard/military-family-education.shtml

    Eligibility:

    To be considered for the MFEP, you must be:

    A Guard Member:

    • Someone who completed an initial service obligation, on or after July 1, 2019, in the Pennsylvania National Guard and be eligible to reenlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard for a period of 6 years

    A Family Member:

    • Someone who is a spouse or child of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who meets the above criteria and has assigned the benefit to the family member.
    • Someone who is enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program of study at an approved Pennsylvania institution

    Minimum/Maximums Awards

    Undergraduates and Graduates Full-Time Attendance, the lesser of:
    100% of the tuition plus technology fee at the institution where you are enrolled OR The annual tuition rate and technology fee charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university

    Undergraduates and Graduates Part-Time Attendance, the lesser of:
    100% of the tuition plus technology fee for a part-time course of study OR The per credit tuition rate charged to a Pennsylvania resident at a state-owned university plus technology fee

    • The MFEP grant can be used for a degree-granting curriculum or certificate-granting, course of study, or training programs required for entrance into a specific career as determined by PHEAA at an approved PHEAA institution of higher learning for up to 5 academic years.
    • The PA Guard Member can assign the entire benefit to one dependent or a portion of the benefit to more than one dependent.
    • If you fail to honor the service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, you must repay your total MFEP award amount, plus interest.

    Length of Dependent Eligibility

    • A spouse can use the assigned MFEP benefit up to 6 years after the member’s separation from the PA Guard.
    • Children can use the assigned MFEP benefit before reaching 26 years of age.

    Educational Assistance Program (EAP) for National Guard Members

    A state-funded program which awards an education grant in the amount of tuition to qualifying National Guard members.

    Paperwork is initiated through the Guard unit, and should be submitted at least 2-3 months prior to the term. When eligibility is determined, the student receives an award letter indicating the amount of tuition payment; payment is made directly to the student's account. Students who receive EAP are also eligible for the GI Bill®.

    Criteria for eligibility

    • Must be enrolled in an accredited Commonwealth of PA college that is PHEAA approved.
    • Must be enrolled in approved program of education.
    • Must be a member in good standing of the National Guard with an obligation to serve for 6 years from date of entry into the program. This obligation may be incurred through enlistment/reenlistment/extension.
    • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania 12 months prior to enrollment.
    • Must be a Private through Sergeant major, Warrant Officer 1 or 2, or Lieutenant.
    • May not possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree, if full-time.
    • Failure to complete the 6 year service agreement of being deemed an unsatisfactory participant will result in repayment of all monies paid under the EAP, plus interest & fees.
    • Eligibility is limited to five years of full-time or part-time grants, or the equivalent.

    Application Process

    • Enlist, reenlist or extend enlistment for 6 years.
    • Obtain application from PANG Education Officer, submit application, cost and promissory note for the EAP to the PANG Education Officer.
    • Enroll in an approved program at a PHEAA approved school.
    • Have PANG Education Officer verify eligibility and send application to PHEAA.
    • School and student are notified of student's EAP eligibility; school verifies enrollment; PHEAA disburses monies to the school.

    Click to read an article on six tips for making a new start in college as a civilian, which includes tips from a veteran member of our faculty, Dr. Eric Kocian.  

    Click to register on a Pennsylvania job-search portal CareerLink, which includes a military translator that allows you to enter your military occupation code (MOS/MOC), matches it to civilian skills and occupations, and allows you to automatically receive job postings that match your preferences.  

  • Military and VA Policies

    Readmission Policy

    A student who has withdrawn and been away from Saint Vincent for more than two semesters or has been dismissed from Saint Vincent College must reapply according to the ordinary application procedures. This student may be readmitted only with permission from the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention and from the Office of Student Affairs. If this student has attended another postsecondary school, an official transcript must be sent directly to the Saint Vincent College Office of Admission and Financial Aid from the post-secondary schools attended.

    Military Deployment and Refund Policy

    The College will assist a student who is currently enrolled in an academic semester and who is called to active military duty with transition out of the College as quickly as possible.  Students who withdraw from the College are required to contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention and complete an official withdrawal form and exit survey. The student must file written documentation of the activation order.

    Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Administrators

    • No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.

    • Information provided by the financial aid office is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

    • All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional web site(s) and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled as "Consumer Information."

    • Financial aid professionals will disclose to their institution any involvement, interest in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the institution has a business relationship.

     

    Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies

    Federal law and Veterans Administration regulations specify the conditions under which student veterans, eligible dependents, and reservists are paid VA educational benefits. The law requires that educational benefits be discontinued when the student ceases to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his or her degree. Based upon this requirement, any student using VA educational benefits at Saint Vincent College will be dismissed immediately following the semester when the Veteran or other eligible person does not meet the requirement for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Policy Banning Incentive Compensation for Admissions and Financial Aid Employees

    Saint Vincent College is committed to providing students and their families with the best information and processing alternatives available regarding student borrowing. In support of this and in an effort to rule out any perceived or actual conflict of interest between Saint Vincent College officers, employees or agents and education loan lenders, Saint Vincent College has adopted the following:

    • Saint Vincent College does not participate in any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.

    • Saint Vincent College does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any gifts of greater than a nominal value from any lender, guarantor or servicer.

    • Saint Vincent College does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including a stock purchase option) from a lender or affiliate of a lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.

    • Saint Vincent College does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept anything of value from a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders and/or guarantors in exchange for service on an advisory board, commission or other group established by such a lender, guarantor group of lenders and/or guarantors. Saint Vincent College does allow for the reasonable reimbursement of expenses associated with participation in such boards, commissions or groups by lenders, guarantors, or groups of lenders and/or guarantors.

    • Saint Vincent College does not assign a lender to any first-time borrower through financial aid packaging or any other means.

    • Saint Vincent College recognizes that a borrower has the right to choose any lender from which to borrow to finance his/her education. Saint Vincent College will not refuse to certify or otherwise deny or delay certification of a loan based on the borrower’s selection of a lender and/or guarantor.

    • Saint Vincent College will not request or accept any offer of funds to be used for private education loans to students from any lender in exchange for providing the lender with a specified number or volume of Title IV loans, or a preferred lender arrangement for Title IV loans.

    • Saint Vincent College will not request or accept any assistance with call center or financial aid office staffing.

    Refund Policies

    The policy for refund of tuition and fees upon withdrawal from individual courses or from Saint Vincent College applies only to withdrawal processed on the Portal or on official College withdrawal forms. A 95 percent refund will be given in the fall and spring semesters within the first 15 calendar days of the course. A 40 percent refund will be granted between days 16-30 of the course. On the 31st day of each course no tuition or fees will be granted. A 95 percent refund will be given in the summer within the first seven calendar days of the course. Beginning the eighth day, no refund will be granted. Note that refunds, if any, depend on the dates noted on the official withdrawal forms. A student who feels that special circumstances warrant an exception from established policy may present an appeal to the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Retention

    Articulation and Transfer of Credits Policies

    • Transfer credit evaluation is completed in the Registrar’s Office and based on course content regardless of mode of delivery (onsite, hybrid, or online). A log of previously evaluated courses from various accredited colleges and universities is maintained and updated on a regular basis with school deans/ department chairpersons. Assessment of a new course requires the student provide a course description and/or course syllabus. This information is reviewed by the school dean/department chairperson to determine whether the course will transfer as equivalent to a Saint Vincent course or as elective credit. Final determination of acceptance or denial of transfer credit is the responsibility of the Registrar.

    • Credits earned by a student at another accredited institution will be accepted if the quality of the credits earned is a C- grade (1.70) or better, and if the number of credits in a given course does not exceed the number granted in a comparable course at Saint Vincent College. The College reserves the right to accept or reject courses for transfer credit on the basis of course objectives and content. All transfer credits must be submitted within the first year of enrollment as a matriculated student at Saint Vincent College.

    • For graduation from Saint Vincent College a minimum of 34 credits, including 18 in the major, must be earned at Saint Vincent College. If a student elects a minor or concentration, nine credits must be earned at Saint Vincent College.

    • A maximum of 90 credits earned at accredited four-year institutions will be accepted for transfer. A maximum of 62 credits earned at accredited two-year institutions will be accepted for transfer

    • Transfer course grades are not used in the computation of the student’s grade point average at Saint Vincent College. 

    • For registration purposes for currently enrolled students, transfer credits must be received by March 15 to be included in credits completed for the following fall registration; transfer credits must be received by Oct. 15 to be included in credits completed for the following spring registration

    • Situations not adequately covered by these regulations are resolved by the Registrar

    • Transfer credit evaluation is completed in the Registrar’s Office and based on course content regardless of mode of delivery (onsite, hybrid, or online). A log of previously evaluated courses from various accredited colleges and universities is maintained and updated on a regular basis with school deans/department chairpersons.  Assessment of a new course requires the student provide a course description and/or course syllabus.  This information is reviewed by the school dean/department chairperson to determine whether the course will transfer as equivalent to a Saint Vincent course or as elective credit.  Final determination of acceptance or denial of transfer credit is the responsibility of the Registrar.

     

    Student Concerns about Academic Matters

    In the event that a student has a concern about a particular course, the following procedures should be followed. First, the student should schedule an appointment with the professor to discuss the problem or concern. After this meeting, if the student believes that the concern has not been resolved, the next step is to meet with the faculty member’s chairperson or dean. If after this meeting the matter remains unresolved the student should contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs who will work with the student, faculty member and the chairperson or dean to resolve the matter.

    Priority Registration

    Veterans, active duty, and reservists are given priority registration at Saint Vincent College.  Specific dates and details will be made available to students prior to the registration period each semester by the Office of the Registrar.

    Assessment of Late Fees

    Saint Vincent College will not impose any penalty including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes because of the individual’s ability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding by the VA.

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Scholarship

If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity.

Minuteman Scholarships cover 4 years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment.

Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition. Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you will have a wide range of interest areas you can specialize in called branches.

Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.

Nurse Program

If you’re considering an undergraduate nursing degree, enrolling in Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality. Being a nurse in the Army provides you with benefits not found in the civilian world. As an Army nurse and officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties.

Your Commitment

  • Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.
  • You can serve full time in the Army or those who qualify may choose to serve part time as a member of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve while pursuing a civilian career.
  • It’s an experience that you can’t get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. 
  • Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC Scholarship.

For more information about our program or to schedule an entrance interview, please contact Mr. Christopher Boissonnault at cbb24@pitt.edu.

Congratulations to Army ROTC Minuteman Scholarship Recipients