Veteran's Resource Center
The Veteran's Resource Center (VRC) focuses on providing an excellent atmosphere and network for the success of student veterans. Service members and their depedents are welcomed, as well. VRC staff members work to help explain the various rights and benefits that prior service members have earned for themselves and their families.
Students can utilize the VRC's Lending Library system to access books needed for class studies and homework. Desktop and laptop computers are also available for the general use of students, from working on schoolwork and research to checking emails and other VA resources. Students can also come in and relax between classes or talk with VRC staff and other students.
Information guidebooks and brochures on veteran-oriented services, from education to medical care, can be found at the VRC. The VRC also works with the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program, which can help student veterans with enrolling in VA healthcare, memory issues, student veteran advocacy, PTSD, and more. For scheduling to see a VITAL counselor, contact Scot Parry.
Students wishing to apply to the Veteran's Administration (VA) for money to attend school must first determine which category or chapter they fall under and then they can follow the appropriate checklist. Information regarding which category or chapter a VA student falls under may be obtained from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office.
Each Branch of Service and Component handles tuition assistant differently. It is important that you contact your unit's education office. If approved, you will receive a tuition assistance approval voucher which you will be required to submit to the Business Office or Cashier, located in 'Olani (Building 6) on the first floor.
Also, there is additional funding for service members and their spouses offered through their individual units and by the Department of Defense.
SEC. 103. DISAPPROVAL FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OF CERTAIN COURSES OF EDUCATION THAT DO NOT PERMIT INDIVIDUALS TO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN COURSES PENDING PAYMENT.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
"(e)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, beginning on August 1, 2019, a State approving agency, or the Secretary when acting in the role of the State approving agency, shall disapprove a course of education provided by an educational institution that has in effect a policy that is inconsistent with any of the following:
"(A) A policy that permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 of this title and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
"(i) The date on which the Secretary provides payment for such course of education to such institution.
"(ii) The date that is 90 days after the date on which the educational institution certifies for tuition and fees following receipt from the student such certificate of eligibility.
"(B) A policy that ensures that the educational institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the Secretary under chapter 31 or 33 of this title.
"(2) For purposes of this subsection, a covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 of this title.
"(3) The Secretary may waive such requirements of paragraph (1) as the Secretary considers appropriate.
"(4) It shall not be inconsistent with a policy described in paragraph (1) for an educational institution to require a covered individual to take the following additional actions:
"(A) Submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance not later than the first day of a course of education for which the individual has indicated the individual wishes to use the individual's entitlement to educational assistance.
"(B) Submit a written request to use such entitlement.
"(C) Provide additional information necessary to the proper certification of enrollment by the educational institution.".
(b) PROMPT PAYMENTS.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that the Secretary makes a payment to an educational institution on behalf of an individual, who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 of title 38, United States Code, and who is using such assistance to pursue a program of education at the educational institution, not later than 60 days after the date on which the educational institution certifies to the Secretary the applicable tuition and fees for the individual.
(2) SEMIANNUAL REPORTS.—Not later than May 1 and October 1 of each year, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives a semiannual report summarizing any cases in which the Secretary failed to make a payment described in paragraph (1) within the period set forth in such paragraph and an explanation for each delayed disbursement of payment.
(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—In a case in which an individual is unable to meet a financial obligation to an educational institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment to be provided by the Secretary under chapter 31 or 33 of such title and the amount of such disbursement is less than anticipated, nothing in section 3679(e) of such title, as added by subsection (a), shall be construed to prohibit an educational institution from requiring additional payment or imposing a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the financial obligation and the amount of the disbursement.
SEC. 104. PROVISION OF INFORMATION ON REQUIRED ADDITIONAL ACTIONS TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS TO STAY ENROLLED IN COURSES OF EDUCATION PENDING RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE FROM DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.
Section 3698(c)(1)(C) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
(1) in clause (x), by striking "; and" and inserting a semicolon;
(2) in clause (xi), by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and
(3) by adding at the end the following new clause:
"(xii) information on whether the institution requires a covered individual to take additional action pursuant to section 3679(e)(4) of this title to stay enrolled in a course pending receipt of educational assistance under a law administered by the Secretary.".
The VRC is located in Building 5, Room 140 (across from the Academic Counseling and Financial Aid Offices).
Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official
Phone: (808) 847-9833
Fax: (808) 847-9872
Phone: (808) 845-9172
Fax: (808) 356-0962
Academic Counselor Coordinator
Phone: (808) 844-2382
Fax: (808) 356-0962
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
Phone: 1-888-442-4551 (toll free)
Department of Veterans Affairs – Honolulu
Medical & Regional Office
Attn: Veterans Services Division (271)
459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, HI 96819-1522
Phone: 1-800-827-1000 (toll free)