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Veterans and Dependents Benefits Process

Texas veterans who may be eligible for benefits under the Hazlewood Act, should contact the Financial Aid Office, located in the Miller Administration Building.

ALL students receiving VA Education Benefits MUST complete an  Enrollment Certification Request  form EACH semester to have your classes certified with the VA in order to receive your benefits.  

The Veterans Administration determines a student’s eligibility to receive educational benefits.  Please contact the VA Student Hotline at 1-888-442-4551 to determine what benefits you qualify for and the best way to use those benefits.

It is the student’s responsibility to submit all of the following required documents to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO), located upstairs in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, Office #2204. 

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE): To use your Ch. 30, 33, 35, or 1606 education benefits, you must apply NOW for your COE.  You will receive your COE by mail 4-6 weeks after applying. 
  • Copy of DD-214 (Member 4 Copy):   If you do not have a copy, you may request to have your DD-214 sent to you.
  • Official Military Transcripts: (not applicable for dependents/spouses)
    • Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy: (Joint Services Transcript) Request Joint Services Transcripts be sent directly to the Registrar.
    • Air Force: (CCAF Transcript) Request CCAF Transcripts be sent directly to the Registrar.
  • VA Student Information Sheet:  (Please complete & return to the SCO.)
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Ch. 31 - VR&E): Submit your DD-214 and the VA Student Information Sheet with your VR&E Counselor's contact inforfmation.
  • Dependents/Spouses: Submit your COE, birth certificate or marriage certificate (whichever is applicable), the veteran’s DD-214 and the VA Student Information Sheet.
  • Monthly Enrollment Verification: Ch. 30, Ch. 35 (certificate students only), and Ch. 1606 students must verify their enrollment with the VA each month by the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE - preferred method), by calling the WAVE Education Case Manager at 1-888-442-4551, or by calling the Interactive Voice Response at 1-877-823-2378.  You will not receive a check until your monthly enrollment verification has been done.

Required Documents needed for VA File at Panola College.

Veterans Education Benefits Guidelines for Panola College.  

Each semester, students receiving VA education benefits must register for classes with the School Certifying Official (SCO), must complete an Enrollment Certification Request and must notify the SCO of any schedule changes or withdrawals. 

VA students who drop courses will be required to repay any benefits received for those courses.  If you are considering dropping a course, you should first call the VA Student Hotline at 1-888-442-4551 to see how dropping with affect your education benefits.  You should then contact the SCO for further instructions on withdrawing from the course(s).

The VA will not pay for repeated classes in which a passing grade was received, unless a higher grade is required for the specific program. 

Panola College is fully approved for training of veterans under the provision of the G.I. Bill® (Public Laws 346, 550, 16 and 890-358), Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®, and other Education Benefit Programs. Veterans and dependents of veterans should apply to the Veterans' Affairs Office (Matthew Student Center) six weeks prior to registration. A veteran entitled to benefits under these laws will receive a monthly check varying in amount depending on credit hour load from the VA. A child of a veteran may receive benefits in the same way under certain conditions. Any student enrolling under the above provisions should bring with him/her sufficient funds to defray initial costs of tuition, fees, books, personal expenses, etc., since there is usually a period of  six to eight weeks before the veteran or other eligible person receives his/her initial payment from the Veterans Administration.

A program of study must be selected. The VA will only pay for courses required in that selected program. The courses which a veteran and their dependents enrolls in must count toward the attainment of the specific degree or certificate objective. Courses taken at other institutions may satisfy Panola College's requirements in a selected program of study. Accepted courses for credit may not be repeated for VA pay.

Veterans and their dependents must make satisfactory progress. Veterans and their dependents who are receiving monthly payments for their entitlement based on their enrollment at Panola College must abide by Panola College's academic probation and suspension policy. The VA will be notified of unsatisfactory progress the semester a student is placed on scholastic suspension. Benefits may be interrupted by poor attendance.  

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