Greenville Technical College is approved by the State Approving Agency for training service persons, veterans, dependents and reservists under Title 38, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Eligibility and equivalent educational benefits are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/veterans-affairs-benefits/.
Application for Benefits
To apply for benefits, veterans must first be accepted into a program of study by the Enrollment Services Office. A veteran should then report to the Veterans Affairs Office in the Admissions and Registration Center, Room 106, with a copy of his or her DD214 or a DD2384 NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) form, if an active reservist.
Veterans also must furnish official transcripts from all colleges attended. These should be forwarded to the Enrollment Services Office. An evaluation of all college transcripts must be completed by the Transcript Evaluation Office by the end of the first semester in a new program of study. Benefits cannot be extended beyond the first semester until this is accomplished. It is the responsibility of the veteran to make sure the evaluation has been completed.
To change programs, the same admissions and evaluation process must be followed and Change of Program form filled out in the Veterans Affairs office.
For information, call the Veterans Affairs Office at (864) 250-8122 or 250-8447.
Grading Procedures for Veterans
In 1976, Congress amended the “GI Bill®” in such a way as to encourage veterans to move toward the attainment of educational career goals. (“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official US government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.) The law now provides that no payment will be made to an eligible veteran for auditing a course or for taking a course in which the grade assigned is not used in computing graduation requirements. Included in this rule are courses from which veterans withdraw.
To comply with this federal law, the following rules apply to veterans or other individuals who receive veterans’ benefits:
- The “I” grade is a non-punitive grade as defined by the Veterans Administration. This grade is not a permanent grade and carries only a message of temporary condition that will be changed to a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.
- Veterans who receive an “I” as a grade must make up the work at least one week prior to final exams of the following semester. Work not made up will result in the grade of “F.”
- In the event that a veteran receives an “I” at the end of a semester, further work in the course must be accomplished by the veteran at his own expense without government reimbursement.
- In all cases, an “F” grade is defined as a punitive grade for purposes of computing eligibility for and receipt of veterans’ benefits.
- Veterans cannot be paid for an “AU,” “NC” or a “CF” grade.
- Veterans cannot be paid for any course not listed in the curriculum. If there are any electives listed as part of the curriculum, veterans must not exceed the total number of elective hours designated by the program. Veterans must take only electives that are listed as approved electives or electives that have been approved in writing by the department head.
- Veterans cannot be paid for upgrading or prerequisite courses not counting toward graduation without written verification of test results indicating a need for such courses. Remedial/deficiency training is limited to the equivalent of two semesters.
- D grades are not transferable and the VA will not reimburse for repeating courses to remove or supplant Ds.
- Students may repeat for VA benefits a course in which a grade of W, I, NC or F and the course is required for the training objective.
- Academic progress will be determined by the transcript evaluation at the end of each semester. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA during any semester will result in the student being placed on Veterans Affairs (VA) Warning for the following semester.
- Failure to achieve a GPA of 2.0 during the VA Warning semester will result in the student being placed on VA Probation and may have educational benefits suspended at the end of the probationary period until the student has been counseled in the Greenville Technical College Veterans Affairs Office. The results of this counseling session will determine if benefits are reinstated for the student’s present program or if he/she will have to change programs.
- Failure to achieve a GPA of 2.0 during the VA Probation semester will result in the student being placed on VA Suspension. VA Educational Benefits will be suspended until the student has successfully completed six credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or better the next term of enrollment.
How To Access Grade Report
With the implementation of GTC4Me, students are now able to view their final grades and other student information online. Grade mailers are no longer mailed out at the end of the term.
To see and print grades:
- Log into GTC4Me.
- Click on the WebAdvisor tab on the far right side of the screen.
- Look on the left-hand side under “Academics” Menu.
- Click on “Transcript.”
- You should see a drop-down box with “Unofficial Transcript.”
- Click on the Submit button.
- You should get a screen with the course section and title, Grade, Credits, CEUs, Repeat and Term and at the bottom of the screen you should find your GPA calculations.
Veterans Change of Status
All recipients of veterans’ benefits must immediately notify the Veterans Affairs Office of any changes that may affect their pay status. Such changes include change of program, change of hours, change of dependency and change of address. All necessary forms and instructions can be obtained in the Veterans Affairs Office. All recipients must notify the Greenville Technical College Veterans Affairs Office each semester when they enroll for class if they wish their benefits to be continued for subsequent terms. Certifications will not be automatically processed.
Veterans Attendance Policy
Class attendance is necessary in order to receive maximum benefits from the educational process and to be academically successful. It is the student’s responsibility to attend class and to be punctual. A student WILL BE administratively withdrawn due to attendance for the following reasons:
- Never in Class (NIC): During the add/drop period, students will be withdrawn if they do not attend class. If a student registers for a course but fails to attend during the add/drop period (including failing to meet the criteria to be counted as present in an online course), the college will administratively withdraw the student from the course and assign a grade of WA (Administrative System Withdrawal). No credits or grade points will be awarded and the WA will not affect the GPA. The student will be responsible for course payment in accordance with the college refund policy. The college will notify the student of the administrative withdrawal via the student’s official college email address. For students receiving financial aid, this withdrawal will not count as a course attempt and will not affect future financial aid awards.
- 14-Day Rule: At any time during the semester and regardless of a student’s use of financial aid benefits, the college will withdraw a student who is not in attendance for 14 consecutive calendar days, including weekends, holidays, college breaks and canceled class sessions, and college breaks lasting four days or less. Breaks of five or more days will be excluded from the 14-day attendance count.
- Prior to the course withdrawal date, the college policy is to assign a grade of W (Withdrawn). No credits or grade points will be awarded and the W will not affect the GPA. For students receiving financial aid, the course will count as an attempt and may affect future aid.
- After the course withdrawal date, the college will assign a grade of WF (Withdrawn Failing) for the course, which will negatively affect the GPA calculation. The student will be responsible for course payment and will not be eligible for a refund. The college will notify the student of the administrative withdrawal via the student’s official college email address. For students receiving financial aid, the course will be recorded as an attempt and may affect future financial aid awards.
- Students who have been administratively withdrawn from a course may request reinstatement. Reinstatements must be approved by the course instructor.