VA Benefit Update: 2020 Summer Term
Update from Jason Kovarik, Military and Veterans Benefits Coordinator
With the school going all online due to COVID-19 for upcoming term, I am writing to provide some clarity to the situation with how it affects your housing stipends.
First: On March 21, lawmakers passed (SB 3503) which allows colleges to submit certification of resident courses converted to online modality as resident courses if the start date of the term is prior to 21 December 2020. This change in the law is in effect for Summer Term, and if need be will also apply to Fall Term.
One of the VA’s requirements is that the school track which classes were converted from face-to-face (F2F) to online. We have a system in place to fulfill this requirement.
If you are a “local” student, that usually takes at least one F2F class in order to fulfill your “must have at least one F2F class for max benefit” requirement, please work with your advisor to make sure you are in one of the converted classes being offered.
View a list of 2020 Summer Term Courses that qualify for BAH benefits and check with your advisor prior to registering.
Second: If you become ill with COVID-19 during the term and are unable to continue with class, it is important that you notify the school certifying official immediately. The law does not allow the VA to continue payments beyond your last day of attendance. For GSC the last day of attendance for online classes is determined by participation in class such as taking quizzes, turning in assignments, or participating in discussion boards. Simply logging in to your class does not count as participation.
Please remember that each term students wishing to use a military benefit must complete the 2019-2020 Military Benefits Request Form.
Please feel free to reach out to me or to the VA (888-442-4551) if you have further specific questions.