Veterans' Policies

VA Education Benefits

Normandale Community College is an approved Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) for federal education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). All associate degrees and certificates are certified as approved educational programs by the Minnesota State Approving Agency and VA. Students attending Normandale may apply for and use these benefits:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve
  • Survivors' and DEpendents' Educational Assistance
  • Fry Scholarship
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

A full description of these benefits is available at www.gibill.va.gov

Enrollment Certification to VA

Each semester, students must notify the School Certifying Official of their intention to use VA education benefits. At the time of registration, students should request certification to VA and a tuition deferment by completing a Deferment Request and Payment Agreement form which is available online at www.normandale.edu/veterans or at the Veterans Resource Center. Additional documents may be required from the student to verify eligibility for benefits.

The College will certify enrollment according to the guidelines set forth by VA. Whenever possible, certifications will be sent to VA prior to the start of the semester to help ensure timely processing of benefit payments. In general, benefits are not applicable to unnecessary elective courses, online and hybrid courses numbered below 1000, and audited courses. Students should meet with the School Certifying Official when they have questions about if and how benefits can be used for their registered courses.According to VA policy, the student is responsible for submitting official transcripts for all previous coursework by the end of the first term of enrollment. Transfer credit will be granted in accordance with College policy. Additionally, the student is responsible for notifying the certifying official of changes in enrollment (course adds, drops, and withdrawals) and changes in declared degree/program.For additional information about VA education benefits, contact the School Certifying Official at veteransbenefits@normandale.edu.

Course Interruption Due to Military Service, Medical Conditions and Medical Treatment

Adapted from Minnesota State Procedure 5.12.1

Students called to active duty for military service which will interrupt their course of study are expected to communicate upcoming absences to their instructors as soon as possible. Faculty may request written documentation to verify the absences. Instructors and students should discuss the anticipated duration of the absence to help determine the most suitable of the following options:

1. Completion of the course. Class sessions missed by the student due to performance of active military service must be counted as excused absences and cannot be used to adversely impact the student's grade or standing in the class. However, the student is not automatically excused from completing assignments due during the time period when the student is performing active military service. Instructors may arrange for adjustments to or accommodations for course content, assignments, due dates, etc. as they see fit given the student's situation. Students must note that course completion may not be feasible in all situations.

2. Delayed completion of the course. Instructor may issue the temporary grade of I (Incomplete) and the student is allowed to complete the course upon fulfillment of their military service or release from active duty. Students must note that delayed course completion may not be feasible in all situations.

3. Course drop/withdrawal and refund. Student may file Refund/Drop/Withdrawal Appeal, available from Records & Registration, and provide a copy of their active duty orders with the appeal form. Refunds are subject to College, state, and federal financial aid policies.

Veterans with service-connected disabilities whose medical conditions and/or medical appointments interrupt their course of study are allowed the same options as described above. Students are expected to communicate their upcoming absences to their instructors as soon as possible, may be asked to provide documentation of their absences to their instructors, and are encouraged to consult with their instructors on options for course completion or withdrawal.

Students and faculty with questions about this policy should contact the Veterans Advisor Lori York at lori.york@normandale.edu.